Giants Comeback Falls Short, Diamondbacks Take Series

The Giants came just short of another comeback, Ryan Vogelsong had a bit of a bounce-back start, and San Francisco fell to the Diamondbacks 6-5 in ten innings on Thursday night.

Vogelsong cruised through the first inning, throwing just nine pitches while striking out Giants killer Paul Goldschmidt. The Diamondbacks jumped all over him, however, in the second. With one out, Vogelsong hit Miguel Montero, walked Mark Trumbo, and allowed a single to Gerardo Parra to load the bases. Cliff Pennington ripped a two-run single into left-center to put Arizona up 2-0.

Pitcher Randall Delgado hit a dribbler up the first base line, which Brandon Belt snapped to third to get out Parra, and Vogelsong struck out Tony Campana to end the inning.

The Giants began their comeback and got one of those runs back in the bottom of the inning. Hunter Pence hit a double down the third base line, Brandon Crawford worked a two-out walk, and Brandon Hicks singled home Pence to make it 2-1.

But the Diamondbacks weren’t done teeing off on Vogelsong. His second time up, Goldschmidt roped a double off of the arcade wall in right field. Goldschmidt has now reached base in 31 straight games, which is the fourth-longest streak in Diamondbacks history. Martin Prado followed it up with a single, and both came around to score on a double by Montero.

Vogelsong buckled down, finished the inning without further damage, and gritted out a decent performance. He threw 93 pitches in five innings, allowing seven hits, four runs, one walk, and striking out five. His control was slightly sporadic, hitting both Montero and Prado, and even though he toughed it out and gave the Giants a chance to win, he wasn’t happy with his pitching performance.

“I don’t feel like I gave us much of a chance, but I feel like the offense gave us a chance to win. The bullpen did great. They threw the ball exceptionally well. [Petit] deserved a better fate than what he got tonight. It all comes back to me. I gotta be able to get through that sixth inning and take some of that stress off of the bullpen.”

San Francisco continued to chip away at Arizona’s lead in the bottom of the third. Angel Pagan led off the inning with a single, extending his hitting streak to ten games, and he’d eventually come around to score on a bunt single by Buster Posey (yes, you read that right).

After Vogelsong pitched a shut-down inning in the top of the fourth, San Francisco got another run back on back-to-back doubles by Michael Morse and Crawford, making it 4-3 Diamondbacks. The Giants finally took the lead in the bottom of the fifth inning. With one out, Pablo Sandoval walked, and Posey singled. After Pence struck out, Morse continued the streak of big, two-out hits for the team and crushed a ball off the wall in triples alley, scoring both runners and getting the crowd of 41,577 to their feet.

But the San Francisco bullpen didn’t make it easy. Jean Machi came in to pitch the seventh inning and allowed a lead-off single to Campana and a double to Aaron Hill. After intentionally walking Goldschmidt to load the bases, Machi then got Prado to ground into a one-two-three double play. Javier Lopez came in and struck out Montero to end the threat and preserve the lead – for an inning, at least.

With Santiago Casilla in to pitch the top of the eighth, Parra walked, and Pennington singled before Campana hit a ground ball that Sandoval air-mailed over Belt’s head, allowing Parra to score and Arizona to tie the game at five.

The Giants best opportunity to win the game came in the bottom of that inning when a Crawford double, a Hicks walk, and an intentional walk to Pagan loaded the bases with one out. But Belt and Sandoval both flied out, and the game continued.

Arizona took the lead in the tenth off of Yusmeiro Petit when Pennington singled with one out, stole second, and scored on a Campana single. Overall, those two guys were six-for-eleven and drove in three runs. The Diamondbacks skipper Kirk Gibson sang their praises after the game.

“They’re pros. They’re not rookies, and they prepare themselves properly. They’ve got great attitudes…they were ready to play, and they brought it. They did an excellent job.”

This is the first series loss for the Giants on the young season. San Francisco will look to rebound on the first Orange Friday of the season when the Colorado Rockies come to town, and ace Madison Bumgarner takes on Jorge De La Rosa.