Cueto, Kazmir, Bumgarner and “Late Night” just part of the show in the Giants’ 105th win, 5-4 over the Diamondbacks

By Morris Phillips

SAN FRANCISCO–Consider the amazing NL West race featuring the Dodgers and Giants a stare down. After 159 games–and thus far in the season’s final week–neither team has flinched.

But the Dodgers–likely watching the conclusion of the Arizona-San Francisco game on television in their clubhouse–suffered a collective twitch.

After the Dodgers blew past the Padres in Los Angeles 8-3, the Giants followed with the “Late Night” Lamonte show at Oracle Park in their 5-4 win over the Diamondbacks. With three games to play, the Giants (105-54) maintained a two game lead over their rival in a race that has baseball history written all over it, and will command the baseball world’s attention in the final weekend.

“I would just say that this is two teams playing really good baseball in a pennant race,” Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said. “Like I’ve said many times over, we can be in tune with what’s going on outside of our games which is part of the fun. But most importantly we just have to play good baseball. However, we get there–if we do that–bring it on.”

Madison Bumgarner, the MVP of the 2014 World Series for the Giants and Arizona’s starting pitcher on Thursday night, weighed in on the divisional battle that–at least for one night–included him in the drama. After five inning stint in which he departed with the game tied, 4-4, he certainly had a barrel full of perspective on his former team.

“I know people have counted them out all year and a lot of people can’t understand it and make sense out of it, but I’ve been on that side when people are saying the same thing,” Bumgarner said. “I know how dangerous the Giants are just in general when they get in the postseason. I’ve obviously seen that a time or two, so there’s something about that uniform.”

Bumgarner–pitching for the first time in San Francisco wearing another uniform other than the Giants’–received a pair of well-deserved and loud ovations from the crowd of 27,503. In a twist that only baseball can provide, the second of those ovations came in the top of the first inning, not the bottom with him on the mound. At that point, Bum was the ninth batter of the inning with the D’Backs already leading 3-0. Despite the gravity of the game at that juncture, the lefty’s welcome was genuine. Genuine enough that he paused before stepping into the box and briefly waved his batting helmet.

“It was really cool,” he said. “This place, I’ve said it a bunch, it means a lot to me and my family. I don’t take that for granted by no means. I enjoyed that and I’m very thankful for that.”

The Giants were forced to go full improvisation in the inning as starting pitcher Scott Kazmir was injured on a ground ball that demanded he cover first base. So after recording just one out and throwing 12 pitches, Kazmir departed and Kervin Castro was summoned from the bullpen. The two pitchers allowed five hits in the first, and three runs, all charged to Kazmir.

But the Giants battled back, scoring single runs in the first, third and fourth to gain a 3-3 tie. In the fourth, Brandon Crawford homered off his old teammate, his career-best 24th and the only home run of the ballgame.

In the fifth with Arizona again leading 4-3, Buster Posey got his shot against his old battery mate. Posey’s RBI double scored Austin Slater from first base. The Giants’ catcher also delivered an RBI sacrifice fly in third.

Johnny Cueto, activated from the injured list, was the third of seven Giants’ pitchers to enter the ball game. Cueto pitched the third and fourth innings, along with recording the first out of the fifth. The veteran who has suffered elbow injuries, threw 48 pitches and seemed adaptable to his likely postseason role: pitching out of the bullpen.

It was Cueto’s first ever appearance as a reliever after 329 starts, and 135 wins.

“I’ll be myself,” he said, speaking through an interpreter. “Of course, I’ll be a little bit more aggressive because I know it’s going to be maybe one inning or two.”

The game remained tied until the ninth where Wilmer Flores doubled with one out. Reliever Joe Mantiply then intentionally walked Donovan Solano. Curt Casali in a pinch-hitting role was next and he drew a walk to load the bases. That brought a second pinch-hitter to the plate, “Late Night” LaMonte Wade Jr.

Wade, who had 13 hits and 12 RBI in ninth innings alone this season, delivered again. On a two-strike pitch, he stroked a hard-hit groundball that got between first baseman Paven Smith and second baseman Ketel Marte for a game-ending base hit.

Ironically, the prolific Wade had not delivered a game-ending hit at home. Twenty-seven Giants ran toward the slugger after touched first base to introduce him to the world of walk offs.

On Friday, the Giants’ open the final series of the season against the visiting Padres, who return to San Francisco after being swept by the Dodgers, and losing 39 of their last 58 games. The Giants will need to win twice in the series to clinch the division. That is, if they don’t get any help from the Dodgers, who will host the Brewers this weekend.

The Dodgers (103-56) have won 44 of their last 60 games since July 23.

NOTES: Before the game, Cueto and Darin Ruf were reinstated from the 10-day IL. Ruf started in left field, and went 2 for 4 with an RBI. Tony Watson was placed on the injured list with a shoulder strain, and Jose Quintana was designated for assignment.

San Francisco Giants podcast with Michael Duca: With Belt gone can Giants hold up in pennant chase? Mad Bum to start against Giants tonight

Arizona Diamondback pitcher Madison Bumgarner doffs his cap during his last trip in San Francisco against his former team the San Francisco Giants on Aug 10, 2021. Bumgarner will be making his first start at Oracle Park for this season against his former team Thu Sep 30, 2021. (file photo by Bay Area News Group)

On the Giants podcast with Michael:

#1 Starting with Tuesday night’s game against the Arizona Diamondback the Giants have held up just well defeating Arizona in game one of this three game series 6-4 after losing their captain Brandon Belt to a fractured thumb for the rest of the season. They were focused in the win.

#2 In the clubhouse Michael what’s it been like for the players when they lose a player of the magnitude of a Belt who had just been on a hit parade before the injury in Colorado.

#3 Michael, talk about the platooning of first base with LaMonte Wade Jr playing the position on Tuesday and Wilmer Flores at first on Wednesday do you see manager Gabe Kapler rotating the position for the rest of week.

#4 Talk about that outstanding pitching match between the Diamondbacks starter Merrill Kelly and Giant starter Alex Wood on Wednesday night you would have never known that the D Backs were a last place team and Wood as always was at the top of his pitching performance.

#5 Diamondbacks and Giants go at it once again tonight at Oracle for a 6:45 PM PDT first pitch. Madison Bumgarner (7-10 ERA 4.58) going for the Diamondbacks he’ll be opposed by the Giants Scott Kazmir (0-1 ERA 4.09) at Oracle Park tonight.

Join Michael for the Giants podcasts each Thursday at http://www.sportsradioservice.com

Inching Closer: Giants go small, win 1-0 over Arizona to reach SF-era record 104 wins

By Morris Phillips

SAN FRANCISCO–Didn’t think the record-breaking, home run-hitting Giants had this in their arsenal?

Well, you would be half right, and not the half you believed in.

The Giants nudged themselves past the Diamondbacks, 1-0 on Wednesday night at Oracle Park to reduce their magic number to win the NL West to three. And they did it as small–offensively–as possible, winning on Kris Bryant’s sacrifice fly in the seventh inning that scored Steven Duggar.

The Giants (104-54) have hit a franchise-record 237 home runs and posted a bunch of shutouts, not surprising balance for a team threatening to join the 1975 Reds and 1986 Mets as the winningest single season teams in National League history since divisional play began in 1969. But winning 1-0?

Well, a quick look back reveals they won 1-0 on April 18 at Miami when Alex Dickerson singled home a run in the third inning that stood up. And they bested the Nationals on June 11 when Buster Posey homered in the fourth inning, after Max Scherzer–know that name?–departed with a groin issue after throwing just 12 pitches. But winning 1-0 on a sacrifice fly is smaller brand of offense that, well, the Giants hadn’t accomplished this year.

“We pitched really well and the bullpen’s been nails all year,” starting pitcher Alex Wood said. “I can’t wait for October.”

A couple of things turned this one into a nail biter. D’Backs starter Merrill Kelly played Houdini, walking four and allowing three hits in five innings of work while not allowing a run. Three Arizona relievers followed and were equally as stingy, but Noel Ramirez allowed a single to Tommy La Stella, Steven Duggar then pinch ran for La Stella and stole second. Lamonte Wade Jr. grounded out, moving Duggar to third, where he stood when Bryant delivered the game-deciding sacrifice fly.

A manufactured run if ever there was one, but the Giants will take it.

The Giants were denied a far more comfortable margin of victory in the eighth when Duggar was robbed by Gary Varsho’s catch at the top of the left centerfield wall with two runners on.

Wood was stellar through six innings, allowing three hits and striking out six. Wood had the look of a competitor attempting to insure that he will prominently featured in the Giants’ postseason rotation by issuing no walks then retiring for the evening after throwing an economical 74 pitches. Three relievers (Dominic Leone, Jarlin Garcia and emerging high leverage guy, Camilo Doval) finished the D’Backs, combining to allow one hit with none of three throwing more than 11 pitches in their inning each.

The Giants achieved an incredible first with the win, becoming the first San Francisco Giants’ team to win as many as 104 games in a season. What’s next? The NY Giants of 1905 won 105, the NY Giants of 1904 won 106, and the Mets and Reds–the most inconic NL teams of this era–both won 108.

“It’s a huge accomplishment,” manager Gabe Kapler said. “This team has done so many good things. To say that this club has won more games than any other San Francisco Giants team is quite fulfilling.”

At press time, the Dodgers were locked into an incredible, back-and-forth affair with the Padres, with the score 9-9 in the bottom of the eighth inning. The Dodgers led 5-1 after two, then trailed 9-5 in the bottom of the seventh, only to score five times in the eighth to regain the lead. If the Dodgers lose, the Giants magic number would be reduced to two.

On Thursday, the Diamondbacks–now an incredible 54 games out of first place in the NL West–will bring Madison Bumgarner to the mound in his first pitching assignment in San Francisco since he left the Giants after the 2019 season. The Giants have not announced a pitcher, but Scott Kazmir’s name was being bandied on Twitter as if he would get the call on Thursday, but no announcement has been made.

Flores shows a flare for the dramatics in Giants win 6-4

Arizona Diamondbacks catcher Daulton Varsho legs out a throw to San Francisco Giants first baseman LaMonte Wade Jr on Tue Sep 28, 2021 at Oracle Park in San Francisco (AP News photo)

By Jeremy Kahn

SAN FRANCISCO-Wilmer Flores came off the bench to hit for LaMonte Wade, Jr., and he eventually came up with the hit of the night.

Flores hit a flare over the head of Ketel Marte into right field to score Evan Longoria in the bottom of the sixth inning to start the rally that ended up helping the San Francisco Giants to a 6-4 victory over the Arizona Diamondbacks before a crowd of 28,122 at Oracle Park.

With the victory, the Giants lowered their magic number to win the National League West down to four and maintained their two-game lead over the Los Angeles Dodgers in the NL West, who defeated the San Diego Padres 2-1 at Dodger Stadium.

Longoria, who scored the game-winning run reached on a fielding error by Josh Rojas to lead off the inning for the Giants, then Alex Dickerson came off the bench and was hit by a pitch, then Tommy La Stella singled and then Flores flare into right field scored Longoria.

The Giants were not done, as Buster Posey walked to score Dickerson, then Brandon Crawford hit a broken bat single to score Donovan Solano from third base after he came on to run for La Stella and then Posey scored the final run of the inning, when he scored on a wild pitch by Joe Mantiply.

Logan Webb went the first five innings for the Giants, as he allowed one (unearned) run on four hits, walking two and striking out six.

Despite not faring in the decision, the Giants are now 17-2 in the last 19 starts for Webb going back to May 11.

The Giants scored their first run of the game, when Posey scored with the bases loaded and two outs in the bottom of the first inning, as Mike Yastrzemski walked to score Posey.

Diamondbacks starter Luke Weaver struck out the first two batters in the bottom of the first inning, but then Posey doubled, and Crawford and Bryant walked prior to Yastrzemski walking and picking up his 68th run batted in of the season.

Josh Rojas tied up the game in the top of the third inning, when he hit a sacrifice fly that scored Jake McCarthy, who walked to lead off the inning and went to third, when Wade, Jr., was unable to hold on to the pickoff throw from Webb and McCarthy went all the way to third.

McCarthy scored the Diamondbacks second run, as he hit an opposite field solo home run in the top of the seventh inning. It was the third home run of the season for McCarthy.

David Peralta attempted to tie up the game, as he hit a fly ball to the deepest part of the ballpark and was forced to settle for a sacrifice fly that scored Daulton Varsho with the Diamondbacks second run of the inning. Kole Calhoun cut the Giants lead in half, as he singled in Rojas.

Camilo Doval came on in the top of the ninth inning, and despite allowing a double to Geraldo Perdomo that brought the tying run to the plate, Doval was to get Carson Kelly to fly out to Duggar in centerfield and then got Rojas to strike out swinging on a slider to end the game and give Doval his first major league save.

NOTES: Brandon Belt was placed on the 10-day injured list (retroactive to September 27) with a left thumb fracture, and to replace Belt on the roster, Thairo Estrada was recalled from Sacramento.

The 103 wins by the Giants ties the 1962 and 1993 Giants for the most wins since the team moved to California in 1958. Only the 1904 team that won 106 games, the 1905 Giants, who won 105 and they tie the 1912 New York Giants with 103 wins.

With the 103rd win of the season, the Giants became the third team in MLB history to post that wins in a season after finishing under .500 the season before. They join the 1993 Giants and the 1946 Boston Red Sox, who won 104 games on the season before losing in the World Series to the St. Louis Cardinals.

This was the 15th win for the Giants over the Diamondbacks in 17 games this season, and they are the second team that the Giants have defeated at least 15 times this season, as they went 15-4 against the Colorado Rockies. The most wins that the Giants have over an opponent in a single season is the 1961 Chicago Cubs, whom they went 17-5 against that season.

UP NEXT: Alex Wood goes for his 11th win of the season on Wednesday night, as he takes the mound for the Giants, while Merrill Kelly will take the mound for the Diamondbacks in search of his eighth win of the season.

San Francisco Giants podcast with Marko Ukalovic: Giants not giving in an inch stay ahead of Dodgers; Heading home for series with Arizona Tuesday

San Francisco Giants slugger Brandon Belt who hit two home runs on Sat Sep 25, 2021 as seen against the Colorado Rockies and one the night before on Fri Sep 24, 2021 as Belt has been hitting the big fly what seems like every other night (AP News photo)

On the Giants podcast with Marko:

#1 With the Giants (101-54) they’re just having a bang up September with the Los Angeles Dodgers (99-56) just behind the Giants continue to find ways to defy the laws of falling into second place.

#2 Brandon Belt has been paving the way with Oh Captain, My Captain he’s been the home run trend setter with the home run ball on Friday night in Colorado and his teammates followed through with three more homers the Giants in that five run 7-2 win

#3 Marko, if you like 7-2 scores this was a series for you the Giants repeated the same victory total with another five run win on Saturday at Coors Field and got three run rallies in the top of the fifth and eighth innings to cement their leads and guess who got two home runs Oh Captain.

#4 The Giants got some good pitching out of starter Kevin Gausman on Sunday at Coors who pitched six innings, three hits, an earned run, and 11 strikeouts before he left at the end of the sixth.

#5 Tuesday night the Giants host the Arizona Diamondbacks at Oracle to open a six game homestand how important is it in a tight race like this in the NL West for the Giants to sew these last few games at home?

Marko is filling in for Morris Phillips for Giants podcasts Mondays at http://www.sportsradioservice.com

Giants get walk off win with error in 9th to beat Diamondbacks 8-7

San Francisco Giants catcher Buster Posey goes deep in the fifth inning for his 14th home run of the season against the Arizona Diamondbacks at Oracle Fire Park on Tue Aug 10, 2021 (AP News photo)

by Marko Ukalovic

SAN FRANCISCO—Oracle Park may have to be rebranded as a theme park instead of a ballpark.

The San Francisco Giants certainly did their part in giving their fans a roller coaster of a ride in its 8-7 victory over the Arizona Diamondbacks on Tuesday evening.

Kris Bryant came up in the bottom of the ninth inning with two man on base with two out. On the first pitch hit a hard shot to the right side of the infield. The ball caromed off Diamondbacks first baseman Christian Walker’s glove. By the time he was able to recover, his throw to first was not in time to get Bryant, whose walk off error allowed Lamont Wade Jr. to scored from third base sending the home crowd happy and the home team a big sigh of relief.

San Francisco has won three games in a row and maintained its four game lead over the Los Angeles Dodgers in the National League West. Arizona has lost three games in a row and five of its past six.

The game didn’t look like it was going to have a dramatic ninth inning after the Giants scored four runs in the first inning off of starter Zach Gallen. San Francisco received three consecutive clutch hits with two outs with back to back doubles by Bryant and Mike Yastrzemski. Alex Dickerson completed the rally with an RBI single.

Giants catcher Buster Posey hit his 14th home run of the season in the fifth inning to what looked to have been an insurmountable lead.

Posey reached base in all five of his plate appearances, going 2-2 with three walks, three runs scores and a RBI. Yastrzemski had a nice rebound game going 2-4 with two RBI and a run scored.

San Francisco (72-41) starter Alex Wood cruised through the Diamondbacks lineup in the first five innings, only giving up one hit. However the wheels fell off the bus quickly for the veteran left-hander in the sixth when Arizona evened the game by putting up a five spot in the sixth inning.

Arizona (35-79) got the rally started when Gallen hit a double over the head of Dickerson’s head in left field. That seem to have rattled Wood as he gave up back to back doubles to Nick Ahmed and Ketel Marte. Carson hit an RBI triple that was just out of the diving reach of right fielder Wade Jr. Asdrubal Cabrera smacked a two-run home run to left center field, his seventh of the season, to complete the five-run inning.

Wood finished with five earned runs on six hits while striking out five batters and no walks.

“He was really effective until that inning,” said Giants manager Gabe Kapler of Wood’s outing. “He was also efficient. He had plenty of pitches to work with. They just started banging him around the ballpark a little bit and it happened pretty quickly.”

The Giants rallied for two runs in the bottom of the eighth when Brandon Crawford hit a double to score Posey, who walked to open up the inning. Sean Poppin came in relief of Joe Mantiply. His pickoff attempt of Yastrzemski bounced over the glove of Walker and down the right field line as Crawford scored easily to give the Giants a 7-5 lead.

“Crawford’s at bat with Mantiply (in the eight inning) stands out for me. (He) goes down 0-2 and hangs in there, battles through the at bat, and gets as big as any hit that we got all night,” said Kapler.

Veteran closer Jake McGee came in to close out the game in the ninth. The normally reliable closer struggled with his location and left the ball up numerous times during the inning where he allowed two hits and two walks to four of the first five batters. Ahmed’s sacrifice fly to left field tied the game at seven and ended the night for McGee, who blew his third save of the season.

Zach Littell recorded the final out in the ninth inning.

Gallen finished the evening going six innings giving up five earned runs on seven hits while striking out seven and walking one batter.

GAME NOTES: San Francisco left seven men on base. Arizona left four men on.

Giants third base coach Ron Wotus celebrated his 2000th win in a Giants uniform. The players and coaching staff toasted his milestone after the game in the clubhouse.

“I’m honor that they’re even acknowledging it with me as a coach and not a manager,” said Wotus. “I think it speaks volumes with the managers I have worked for here and the players that have come through here in the success of the organization has really put me in a position to have 2000 wins in this uniform.”

San Francisco recalled reliever Camilo Doval from Triple-A Sacramento. To make room for Doval, reliever John Brebbia was sent down to Triple-A Sacramento.

UP NEXT: The Giants and Diamondbacks conclude their two game series on Wednesday 8/11 at 6:45pm at Oracle Park.

San Francisco Giants podcast with Marko Ukalovic: Diamondbacks and Giants open two game series Tuesday; Wood to start for SF

San Francisco Giants pitcher Alex Wood gets the start on Tue Aug 10, 2021 at Oracle Park against the visiting Arizona Diamondbacks (mercurynews.com file photo)

On the Giants podcast with Marko:

#1 The San Francisco Giants (71-41) open a two game series against the visiting Arizona Diamondbacks (35-78) at Oracle Park in San Francisco Tuesday night. The last time the two teams met the Giants took three out of four from the D-Backs in Arizona.

#2 The Giants are coming off a winning series against the Milwaukee Brewers a tough first place customer in the National League Central. The Giants took two out of three from the Brewers over the weekend at Miller Park.

#3 The Diamondbacks last in the NL West some 36.5 games back of first place and have lost seven of their last ten games.

#4 Marko talk about the Giants designating Aaron Sanchez (1-1 ERA 3.06) for assignment and Steven Duggar .250 being optioned to Triple A Sacramento.

#5 The Diamondbacks will start Zac Gallen (1-6 ERA 4.62) and the Giants will go with Alex Wood (9-3 ERA 4.03) a 6:40pm first pitch at Oracle Park to open the two game series

Marko was filling in for Morris who does the Giants podcasts Mondays at http://www.sportsradioservice.com

San Francisco Giants podcast with Jeremy Harness: DeScalfani will miss a start due to tired arm; plus more

San Francisco Giants starter Anthony DeSclafani will miss a start and was placed on the ten day Injured List due to a tired arm. Here DeSclafani pitches against the Los Angeles Angels in this Tue Jun 22, 2021 photo at the Big A in Anaheim (AP file photo)

On the Giants podcast with Jeremy:

#1 Jeremy talk about San Francisco Giants (69-40) pitcher Anthony DeSclafani he going to miss a start according to reports due to a tired arm.

#2 DeSclafani is listed on the ten day injured list he’s 10-5 ERA 3.28 how’s his absence impacting the pitching staff?

#3 Tommy LaStella returned to play third and second base on Thursday night in Arizona. LaStella was on the 60 day Injured List. LaStella went 1-5 in the Giants win over the Diamondbacks 5-4 Thursday.

#4 Jeremy on the personal side for Oakland A’s broadcaster Glen Kuiper of NBC Sports Bay Area he first had his brother Duane who does San Francisco Giants play by play on the same network have Chemo treatment and thankfully Duane had returned to do some television work after said treatment. Then Oakland A’s broadcaster and Glen’s broadcast partner Ray Fosse falls ill and had to leave the game in Anaheim on Sunday and will be getting treatment for cancer.

#5 The Giants are in Milwaukee for three games to face the Brewers at Miller Park for the Giants starter Logan Webb (5-3 ERA 3.33) and for the Brewers Corbin Burnes (6-4 ERA 2.46)

Join Jeremy Harness filled in for Michael Duca listen for Michael on the Giant podcasts each Friday at http://www.sportsradioservice.com

Giants come back in 9th and 10th innings to edge D-Backs 5-4

San Francisco Giants third baseman and centerfielder Kris Bryant hit for two doubles on Thu Aug 5, 2021 at Chase Field in Phoenix against the Arizona Diamondbacks which led to four runs in the ninth and a run in the tenth for a comeback win (photo from USA Today)

By Jessica Kwong

At Chase Field on Thursday afternoon, the San Francisco Giants (69-40) were scoreless and trailed the Arizona Diamondbacks (34-76) by four in the ninth inning. They mustered up four runs, tying the game and winning in a remarkable 5-4 comeback in the tenth inning.

The last time that San Francisco won a game when trailing in the ninth inning by four or more runs was when some of the best to every play the game, Barry Bonds, Will Clark and Matt Williams, were in the lineup.

In the ninth, the first five Giants hitters reached against relievers Taylor Clarke and Tyler Clippard. Then LaMonte Wade Jr. finished turning things around for San Francisco with a two-out, two-strike, single to tie the game.

Giants third baseman Kris Bryant, who was responsible for the game-wing RBI, said, “We had no business winning that game.”

“Their starter really shut us down for what looked like could have been nine innings,” Bryant said. “But I’ve been a part of a few teams that do well later in the game with their backs against the wall and this team definitely has it.”

At the start of the ninth, Bryant, Brandon Crawford and Alex Dickerson chased Clarke from the game with three consecutive hits. Clippard stepped up and Donovan Solano and Brandon Belt contributed a hit and a single.

Giants manager Gabe Kapler said, “for most of the game, we didn’t see that strength, that relentlessness.”

“But all it takes is one inning,” he said. “We always talk about how important the big inning is and that really is about grinding out one at-bat after the other and we saw a lot of those late in the game.”

With Thursday’s victory, the Giants improved to 69-40 at the top of the NL West, four games ahead of the defending champion Los Angeles Dodgers and seven-and-a-half games over the San Diego Padres.

The Giants start a three-game series against the Milwaukee Brewers at American Family Field on Friday. First pitch is at 5:10 p.m.

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Giants Take Game Three in Diamondback Series 7-1

San Francisco Giant starter Kevin Gausman throws to the Arizona Diamondbacks line up in the first inning at Chase Field in Phoenix on Wed Aug 4, 2021 (AP News photo)

Giants Take Game Three in Diamondback Series 7-1

By Barbara Mason

Wednesday night the San Francisco Giants and the Arizona Diamondbacks clashed in Game three of their four game series. The Giants took game one 11-8 in 10 innings. Arizona answered in game two winning that game by the score of 3-1.

Giant starter Kevin Gausman set the tone by throwing six innings giving up six hits and one run and delivering eight strike outs. Gausman pitched well enough that he could have gone the distance. He was followed by relievers Jay Jackson, Tony Watson, and Jose Alvarez who shut the D-Backs hitters down for the rest of the game.

The Giants and Diamondbacks had a slow offensive start in the first three innings for both teams. The Giants broke through in the fourth inning when Donovan Solano homered giving San Francisco the slim lead 1-0.

The Giants would extend their lead in the sixth inning when two Arizona errors allowed 2 runs. Tommy LaStella and Alex Dickerson both scored in thanks to those error. Arizona would score a run in the inning when Cabrera singled driving in David Peralta and after six innings the score was 3-1 in favor of San Francisco.

The Giants broke this game wide open in the seventh inning scoring four runs. Buster Posey doubled, and Dickerson hit a homer with two runners on base. Posey’s doubled allowed Lamonte Wade Jr. to score and after seven complete innings the Giants had a 7-1 lead.

There was not much going on for either team in the eighth inning. Going into the ninth inning, the Giants were three outs away from the win. San Francisco dispatched the Diamondbacks in short order and came away with the 7-1 win.

Tomorrow San Francisco will try to win game four and win this series. First pitch is 12:40 PM.