By Morris Phillips
SAN FRANCISCO–The Giants got bailed out by their rock on Tuesday. On Wednesday, the Diamondbacks relied on their Stone.
Stone Garrett picked his first Major League game as the occasion to knock in a tying run and later score the go-ahead run in a 3-2 win over the Giants. The Giants saw their five-game win streak snapped as they couldn’t back another impressive start from Carlos Rodon.
Garrett, 26, spent eight seasons in the minors despite being an eighth round pick, but he failed to put up eye-catching stats until this season at Triple-A Reno were he hit 28 home runs and knocked in 95 runs in 103 games.
“I wanted it bad so I just persevered and said ‘keep going, keep going, never lose faith,'” he said. “I knew if I put in the work I would eventually get here.”
His parent flew in from sweltering North Texas upon word of his call up. Predictably and comically, Garrett’s father Greg wasn’t dressed appropriately and had to hit the concession stands for a sweatshirt.
“I knew he was going to come without a long-sleeve shirt,” Garrett said. “That was just funny to see.”
The Giants brought the heat first with Lamonte Wade Jr.’s third inning home run and J.D. Davis’ blast in the sixth. The Homer’s gave the Giants 1-0 and 2-1 leads.
Garrett’s RBI double tied in the fourth, and Garrett and Christian Walker were aboard ahead of pinch-hitter Jake McCarthy’s two-run single in the eighth.
Rodon was seeking a fourth win in the same number of starts, and he was on his game. Rodon lasted six innings, and allowed one run on two hits while fanning 11. Dominic Leone, the Giants’ second reliever brought into the game, allowed McCarthy’s single and took the loss.
“He was unable to execute his slider where he wanted to go, as a result two guys put good swings on him,” Kapler said of Leone.
The Giants took the first five games of their homestand before Wednesday’s loss. Now they’ll focus on capturing the finale on Thursday afternoon for a 6-1 stretch. Logan Webb (11-5, 3.00 ERA) will face Zach Gallen (8-2, 2.94).