A couple of three-run spurts in the fourth and fifth innings on Saturday ensured that the Arizona Diamondbacks began their Cactus League schedule with a bang, beating the split squad San Francisco Giants by the score of 9-6.
Tim Lincecum and Josh Collmenter each threw two innings Saturday, with Timmy allowing one run on four hits while striking out two. He allowed three consecutive one-out singles in the first inning before taking care of four of the last five batters.
Arizona’s Josh Collmenter allowed three hits and three runs, all in the second inning. The Giants loaded the bases with singles by Nate Schierholtz and Brandon Belt and a walk from Mike Fontenot, then an RBI single from Brandon Crawford scored Schierholtz and Belt. Fontenot would later come home on a Chris Stewart double-play grounder.
San Francisco added a fifth-inning run on Angel Pagan’s single and a Melky Cabrera double. Hector Sanchez homered off the right-field pole in the seventh, while Belt launched a solo shot of his own in the ninth.
A Chris Young’s homer off Eric Surkamp started the D-backs rally the fourth inning, and they never looked back. Schmidt’s bases-loaded groundout and Krauss’ two-run single accounted for two more off Guillermo Mota. Then a Ryan Roberts’ sixth-inning homer and a Jake Elmore seventh-inning RBI single were icing on the cake for Arizona.
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