San Francisco Giants Tuesday game wrap: D-Backs get the early jump Giants come up short in end 4-3

April 11, 2017

MLB, San Francisco Giants

Arizona Diamondbacks relief pitcher Fernando Rodney celebrates after recording the last out of the game in a 4-3 win over the San Francisco Giants during a baseball game Tuesday, April 11, 2017, in San Francisco.(AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)

By Jeremy Kahn

SAN FRANCISCO-This was not the way that Jeff Samardzija wanted to his 2017 season started with two straight losses.

Jake Lamb hit a bases clearing triple in the top of the third inning that cleared the bases, and those would the only runs that Robbie Ray would and the Arizona Diamondbacks defeated the Giants 4-3 before a sellout crowd of 41,562, their 491st consecutive regular season sellout at AT&T Park.

Lamb’s one out triple went just over the glove of Gorkys Hernandez in left-center field that allowed Ray, A.J. Pollock and Paul Goldschmidt to score.

The Diamondbacks lengthened their lead to 4-0 in the top of the eighth inning, as Chris Iannetta singled in Yasmany Tomas.

Nick Hundley cut the Diamondbacks lead in half in the bottom of the ninth inning, as he doubled down the right field line to score Hunter Pence, who walked, then went to second on defensive indifference.

Following the Hundley double, Eduardo Nunez singled to score Hundley and that brought Brandon Crawford off the bench to pinch hit for Chris Marrero with two outs. Nunez stole his fifth base of the season; however Crawford struck out swinging to end the game.

Samardzija escaped other jams in the top of the first inning, and the fifth inning; however, it was the third inning that was his only hiccup where he allowed those three runs to the now 7-2 Diamondbacks.

Ray went 6.2 innings, allowing zero runs on four hits, walking five and striking out eight on his way to his first win of the season.

Despite falling short for the second time in as many starts this season, Samardzija went 6.2 innings, allowing three runs on four hits, walking four and striking out seven.

After being forced to leave Monday’s opener after being hit in the head by a Taijuan Walker pitch, Buster Posey was placed on the seven-day disabled list with concussion symptoms.

With Posey on the disabled list, the Giants have purchased the contract of Tim Federowicz from Sacramento. To make room for Federowicz on the 40-man roster, the Giants have designated right-handed pitcher Clayton Blackburn for assignment.

Federowicz made his Giants debut in the bottom of the seventh inning when he came off the bench to pinch-hit for Ty Blach, who got Lamb to fly out to Pence in right field to end the top of the seventh inning. Unfortunately, for Federowicz, he struck out against Ray on just four pitches.

It was a tough night for the Giants, as they loaded the bases in the bottom of the second inning; however, Ray was able to get out of the jam unscathed, as he struck out Samardzija and then got Hernandez to fly out to left-center field where Tomas was able to track it down for the third out of the inning.

With two on and two out, and with the potential tying run at the plate, Aaron Hill grounded into a force play to end the threat.

In the bottom of the eighth inning, the Giants threatened again, as Hundley doubled to lead off the inning, then Eduardo Nunez picked up his third infield hit of the evening; however, Marrero grounded into a double play that sent Hundley to third base. Joe Panik then doubled down the right field line to score Hundley from third base.

Pinch hitter Conor Gillaspie was then hit by a pitch, Hernandez struck out to end the inning.

NOTES: Matt Cain makes his 2017 home debut on Wednesday night for the Giants, while Shelby Miller looks to extend his record on the young season to 2-0, as he takes the ball for the Diamondbacks.

Between the two teams, they combined to leave a whopping 23 runners on base, 10 by the Diamondbacks and 13 by the Giants.

Today marks the 17th anniversary of the first ever game at then Pacific Bell Park. Barry Bonds hit a home run in the bottom of the third inning for the Giants, but Bonds was overshadowed by Kevin Elster, who hit three home runs and the Los Angeles Dodgers would go on to defeat the Giants 6-5 before a capacity crowd of 40,930.

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