Diamondbacks Use Speed to Beat Giants

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Diamondbacks 8, Giants 4

PHOENIX, Sep. 19 — The Arizona Diamondbacks used speed on the bases and some spectacular defense to beat the San Francisco Giants, 8-4, at Chase Field Tuesday night.  Diamondbacks ace Zac Gallen went up against Alex Cobb and, after giving up two early runs, Gallen settled down and let his offense and defense take control. The defense turned three double plays, with Alek Thomas making another amazing catch in center field to keep the Giants from adding more runs.

Giants Score Quickly

To start the game, LaMonte Wade Jr.tripled on a sharp line drive to right field. Mike Yastrzemski was out on a sacrifice fly to left field, scoring Wade. After an out by Wilmer Flores, Joc Pederson hit home run number 14 on the year. Gallen was able to get out of the inning when Michael Conforto was called out on strikes. Giants 2, Diamondbacks 0.

Diamondbacks get a Run Back

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Corbin Carroll singled and advanced to third on a Ketel Marte’s single. Tommy Pham grounded into a force out at second, scoring Carroll. The Giants got out of the inning on back-to-back ground outs. Giants 2, Diamondbacks 1.

Wild Inning for the Diamondbacks

After Gallen struck out the side, the Diamondbacks got four more runs with hits, baserunning, and errors. Gabriel Moreno was hit by a pitch. The Giants challenged but lost their challenge for the game when he was ruled hit by the pitch.

After a fly from Jace Peterson, Geraldo Perdomo doubled, moving Moreno to third. Carroll doubled on a grounder to left field, Moreno and Perdomo scoring. After Marte walked, Carroll stole third while Marte stole second. A fielding and a throwing error by third baseman Flores allowed both Carroll and Marte to score. Diamondbacks 5, Giants 2.

More Runs for Arizona

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Peterson led off the bottom of the fourth with a double. Perdomo singled on a soft bunt in front of catcher Patrick Bailey, moving Peterson to third. Carroll was hit by a pitch, moving Perdomo to second. Marte singled on a grounder to left, plating Peterson and Perdomo. Diamondbacks 7, Giants 2.

Giants add a Run

In the top of the fifth, Mitch Haniger and Brandon Crawford both singled. Wade Jr. was out on a sacrifice fly with Haniger scoring. Gallen loaded the bases and walked in Flores. He settled down and was able to get Pederson out on strikes to end the inning. Diamondbacks 7, Giants 4.

Diamondbacks Strike Back

Alek Thomas tripled, and after Lourdes Gurriel Jr grounded out, Moreno hit a sacrifice fly to right field scoring Thomas. Peterson was out on strikes to end the inning. Diamondbacks 8, Giants 4.

Diamondbacks Bullpen

Zac Gallen was removed after five innings and 93 pitches thrown. The bullpen went four hitless and scoreless innings to get Gallen win number 16 on the year. With that win it also kept them in the second spot in the race for the NL Wild Card.

Torey Lovullo Speaks

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Diamondbacks manager Torey Lovullo commented on the game. “It was a solid team effort; the base running was aggressive, and the situational hitting was on.” “It was a good win after an emotional series with the Chicago Cubs.” “We turned some really big double plays, and those were not easy.” About the slick Alek Thomas catch in the eighth: “Alek — he is amazing. He does not stop or let up.”

Diamondbacks Notes

Since August 12, the Diamondbacks’ 13–4 home record is second in both the National League and the majors, behind only the Milwaukee Brewers. They are 1 of 2 teams this season (Atlanta Braves) to feature four players with 25+ doubles, 20+ home runs, and 70+ RBI — Corbin Carroll, Lourdes Gurriel Jr. Ketel Marte, and Christian Walker. Their relievers have not allowed an earned run in two straight games (14 2/3 innings) and in eight of their last thirteen games. After Wednesday’s game, the Diamondbacks will finish up the season against only American League teams.

Looking Ahead

The Diamondbacks finish up this two-game series and five-game homestand on Wednesday with a matinee game. Merrill Kelly gets the start for the Diamondbacks, and the Giants will send out Logan Webb. Game time is 12:40 pm.

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James Marshall

Jim Marshall has lived in Phoenix, AZ for 50 years. He is an avid baseball fan, but enjoys all of Arizona's local sports teams, including Diamondbacks, Suns, Cardinals and Coyotes. In addition to the four major sports, he closely follows the Phoenix Mercury, Arizona Rattlers and Arizona State Sun Devils. Jim's passion for baseball continues beyond the field as he is an avid collector of baseball memorabilia. His favorite athlete of all time is Baseball Hall of Fame member Harmon Killebrew. In addition to watching, reading and talking about sports, he takes time to travel and appreciate the great state of Arizona with his lovely wife, Patti.

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