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By Daniel Dullum
Sports Radio Service
Sunday, August 18, 2019
PHOENIX — Arizona got to San Francisco ace Madison Bumgarner early and maintained the lead, as the Diamondbacks salvaged the fourth game of their weekend series against the Giants with a 6-1 win.
Wilmer Flores and David Peralta homered, and Adam Jones provided a key two-run triple in the first inning, as the Snakes pulled to within one game of .500 (62-63) and trail in the National League Wild Card race by four games.
The Giants slipped to 63-62, three games out of a NL Wild Card. Both the D-Backs and Giants must try to surge past the New York Mets, Philadelphia and Milwaukee to reach a Wild Card berth, currently occupied by Washington and the Chicago Cubs.
“It doesn’t matter who you’re playing. We’ve got to win games,” Bochy said. “We’re the ones that are behind.
“Hey, it was a good series. You come in here and take three out of four, you’ve got to feel good about that. (Arizona) is a good club. We came in and played well. Now, we go to Chicago and it’s going to be another big series.”
The loss was Bumgarner’s first since June 5. San Francisco is 16-11 in his starts this season, including nine of his last 11. In six innings, Bumgarner (8-8) struck out nine, walked two, but gave up four earned runs on six hits.
The Diamondbacks roughed up Bumgarner after he retired the first two Arizona hitters on four pitches. Eduardo Escobar doubled and moved to third on right fielder Austin Slater’s throwing error. Christian Walker walked, and Adam Jones plated Escobar and Walker with a triple to right.
Josh Rojas followed with a base hit, driving in Jones, putting Arizona up 3-0.
“(Bumgarner) was just inches away from getting out of that inning,” Bochy said. “Other than that, it’s another great start. Madison was fine. We just couldn’t do much offensively. We couldn’t get that one big hit.”
Mike Yastrzemski tripled to lead off the San Francisco sixth and scored on Scooter Gannett’s base hit, cutting the Arizona lead to 4-1. Walks to Brandon Belt and Slater loaded the bases with two outs, and the Diamondbacks summoned Andrew Chafin from the bullpen.
Brandon Crawford hit a sharp bouncer to second baseman Wilmer Flores, who threw to Chafin covering to snuff out the Giants’ rally.
Arizona added its fifth run in the bottom of the seventh on David Peralta’s 12th home run of the season. With two out, Peralta struck a solo shot to right-center off Giants reliever Fernando Abad.
The Diamondbacks scored again in the eighth (off reliever Tony Watson) when pinch-hitter Jarrod Dyson singled, stole second, moved to third on back-to-back walks to Rojas and Nick Ahmed, and scored on Jake Lamb’s bases-loaded walk.
San Francisco continues its quest for the postseason on Tuesday, when the Giants open a three-game series against the Cubs. Righthanders Tyler Beede (3-7), Dereck Rodriguez (5-6) and Jeff Samardzija (9-9) are the San Francisco probables. The Cubs will counter with lefthander Cole Hamels (6-4, and righthanders Yu Darvish (4-6) and Kyle Hendricks (8-9).
GIANT JOTTINGS: The game marked the final regular season appearance at Chase Field for Giants manager Bruce Bochy, who is retiring at the end of the season. … Prior to Sunday’s game, the Giants recalled INF Abiatal Avelino from Triple-A Sacramento and designated LHP Travis Bergen for assignment. … Attendance was 26,079 on a 105-degree afternoon.
TAGS: San Francisco Giants, Arizona Diamondbacks, Madison Bumgarner, NL Wild Card