Giants Lose to Arizona in Close Game

The San Francisco Giants has a successful series against the Los Angeles Dodgers over the weekend. However, things did not go according to plan during the first game of their series against the Arizona Diamondbacks at AT&T Park. The pitching from both teams was very good. However, it was Arizona that did the clutch hitting when they needed to in order to secure a 2-1 win over the Giants in front of 37,000 disappointed fans. The loss dropped the Giants record to 4-5.

Derek Holland did his part for the San Francisco Giants. He kept the Arizona hitters off balance during his six innings of work. He fanned eight and gave up just two earned runs on a pair of hits. This is the type of performance that the Giants are going to need to get from Holland on a regular basis if they are going to compete for a playoff spot in 2018. Many of the people in the media believe that the Dodgers will win the National League West very easily. However, Giants manager Bruce Bochy feels differently. He thinks that the Dodgers are vulnerable. Bochy says that the Dodgers great 2017 season does not guarantee a repeat of that performance this season.

As good as Derek Holland was, Arizona starting pitcher Zack Godley was just a little bit better. He tossed seven innings and did not allow any runs. He allowed only four Giant hitters to reach base. He did not walk anyone and struck out a total of nine. He did a great job of keeping San Francisco hitters confused throughout the entire game. They were not able to make solid contact. Archie Bradley pitched a clean ninth inning and struck out a pair of Giant hitters to lock down save number one. Arizona's regular closer is Brad Boxberger. However, he was not available because he had already pitched in three games during the past five days. He clearly needed some rest.

Arizona's best player is first baseman Paul Goldschmidt. However, 2018 has not been very kind to him so far. He is hitting only .118 during the young campaign. He did hit a triple to drive in a run during this game. Arizona fans are starting to wonder when their perennial All-Star will start to hit like he usually does. He says that he is totally healthy. It is just a matter of getting his timing right at the plate.



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