SAN FRANCISCO – The Giants and Diamondbacks have played 15 games this season and for so many years the San Francisco club has used matchups with Arizona to show why it exceeds expectations.
The Giants let opponents down, win deeply and do the “little things” better than almost every other club.
Which is why Tuesday’s game against the Diamondbacks feels like such an anomaly.
The Giants took a 5–0 lead and coughed it up, leading 7–5 in the ninth and saw their close blow as a save and an unexpected comeback for the last-placed Arizona club to win. Gave every chance
Instead, the Diamondbacks’ tendency to make late-game mistakes came back to haunt Arizona again as first baseman Christian Walker mishandled a pair of balls in the bottom of the ninth to help the Giants 8-7. Helped win the walk-off.
Catcher Buster Posey reached base with his third walk for the fifth time on Tuesday after Lamonte Wade Jr. reached an error to open the bottom of the ninth, before Brandon Crawford took runners second and third with a high chopper. With the pitcher carried forward on the mat. Peacock.
The sequence established newcomer Kris Bryant as a hero as he put a ball into play on the right side of the field that Walker could not handle, which allowed Wade to run home from third position and score the winning run. As San Francisco invents new ways to win, Arizona finds its ways to lose when both sides meet each other.
Starter Alex Wood fell apart in a nine-pitch sixth inning sequence that allowed the Diamondbacks to erase a major deficit after outfielder Mike Yastrzemsky failed to score a much-needed insurance run when he was slammed home on a soft-hit groundball. Got a chance to put Eighth inning and close Jake McGee dropped his first earned run since May 30.
Yet the Giants improved to 13-2 against the Diamondbacks this season and maintained a 4.0-game lead over the Dodgers in the National League West, winning a game they could have easily lost.
The win marked the 2,000th of assistant coach Ron Watts’ major league career, a milestone manager Gabe Kapler celebrated postgame.
Votus spent three decades in the Giants organization, first coaching under Dusty Baker, Felipe Alou, Bruce Bocchi and now Kapler before managing three different minor league affiliates from 1991–1997. He is one of the most respected men to ever wear a Giants uniform and over the past 10 days, he has sported a new one as the third base coach changed his number from 23 to 8 so that Bryant could wear the jersey of his choice.
A Giants offense that came back in a dramatic ninth inning against the Diamondbacks on Thursday at Chase Field left Arizona at the bottom of the first inning. Brandon Belt, Bryant and Yastrzemsky all delivered extra-base hits, while Posey took a walk and Alex Dickerson drilled an RBI single into center field in an innings that kept Votus busy.
A four-run blast put Arizona starter Zack Gallen on the ropes early on, but the right-hander bounced back and played three scoreless innings before going straight into center field in Posey’s fifth.
Wood was excellent in his first five innings as he restricted the Diamondbacks to just one hit before the Arizona hitters feasted him in a brutal sixth inning. After recording first outside the frame, the left-handed Giants delivered a double to Galen, who was still in play despite conceding five runs in the first five innings.
After two pitches, the Diamondbacks cut a 5–0 lead to 5–2 as Nick Ahmed and Keitel Marte doubled each to build on Arizona’s pace. The next batsman, Cole Calhoun, also swung on the first pitch, but was dismissed at second base to give Wood a chance to exit the innings, limiting the damage. Instead catcher Carson Kelly tripled into the right center field gap and scored a game-tying home run from Asdrobal Cabrera, which has plagued the Giants this season.
Flyball Cabrera initially hit center field, initially headed for the warning track, but Yastrzemsky continued to drive back to the wall before seeing the ball over the fence.
Over a span of nine pitches, the Diamondbacks fell behind by five runs and had no one at base to tie the game and give Gallen a shot to go back for the sixth inning. It is possible that Kapler should have replaced Wood after Kelly’s triple, but doing so would have required the Giants to warm up a pitcher immediately after back-to-back doubles and then only four warms to that pitcher. -Up pitches are brought in after being thrown.