Diamondbacks make themselves at home in 11-inning, marathon win over the Giants

By Morris Phillips

From the Giants’ perspective,  the visiting Diamondbacks are getting way to comfortable at AT&T Park.

Last season, Arizona won eight of 10 meetings at McCovey Cove, the first time a visiting club had won that many since the park opened in 2000.  On Monday, the D’Backs hung around until just before midnight, beating the Giants 9-7 in 11 innings, after surviving a two-out, two-strike scenario in the ninth courtesy of Jake Lamb’s game-tying home run off Santiago Casilla.

“Like (Arizona GM) Dave Stewart said when he came in, If you’re going to play that long you better win,” manager Chip Hale said.  “It was  exciting.  Guys were into it in the dugout.”

The Giants were hoping a return home would change their fortunes after a disappointing week in Denver and Los Angeles.  Instead, their bullpen imploded and they lost for the fifth time in their last seven games.

“We came back and took the lead, but it’s tough when you’re one pitch away from a win,” manager Bruce Bochy lamented.

From Stewart, Hale and Chief Baseball Officer Tony LaRussa to third base coach Matt Williams, special assistant Randy Johnson and television color man Bob Brenly, the Diamondbacks have plenty of faces familiar to Bay Area baseball fans. On Monday, they appeared to benefit from unusually warm weather just to their liking, and even had a frame of reference when the marathon of a game reached the swooping seagull phase soon after 10:30pm.

“I remember that seagull dropping a chicken finger on the mound last year,” starting pitcher Archie Bradley said of a 12-inning affair won by the Diamondbacks a year ago.

Bradley was recalled from Triple-A Reno after Arizona suffered a 14-inning loss in San Diego on Saturday night, and Monday’s scheduled starter, Rubby De La Rosa was used in that ballgame.  But Monday’s game was so taxing–the two teams combined to use 12 pitchers–De La Rosa appeared anyway, pitching a scoreless 10th inning and getting the win.

The Giants led 2-1, 6-2 and 7-6 in the ninth, but couldn’t put Arizona away.  Instead, the D’Backs pounded out 16 hits and were seemingly impervious to the scoreboard that showed them leading only in the first and last innings.

Joe Panik homered in the fifth to highlight the Giants’ four-run surge.  But Arizona chipped away scoring one or two runs in six of the 11 frames.

Matt Cain gets the start for the Giants on Tuesday, opposite Arizona’s Robbie Ray at 7:15pm.

 

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