National League Preview from The Sports Network|
Wednesday, April 24th
(All times eastern)
Arizona Diamondbacks (11-9) at San Francisco Giants (13-8), 3:45 p.m.
Probable Starting Pitchers: Arizona - Ian Kennedy (1-2, 5.47)
San Francisco - Madison Bumgarner (3-0, 2.05)
(Sports Network) - Following up their fourth extra-inning win of the month,
the Arizona Diamondbacks now shoot for back-to-back victories for the first
time in nearly two weeks as they close out a three-game set against the San
Francisco Giants at AT&T Park.
Now an even 4-4 within the National League's West Division, the Diamondbacks
picked up their second win in the last three outings overall on Tuesday night
after Didi Gregorius scored on a wild pitch and Alfredo Marte followed in the
top of the 11th inning to give the visitors a 6-4 triumph.
Paul Goldschmidt belted his fourth home run of the campaign and plated three
for Arizona as he offset a pair of strikeouts. Patrick Corbin worked his way
through 7 1/3 innings for the Diamondbacks, allowing two runs on six hits
while striking out seven, but it was Brad Ziegler who picked up the win with
one inning of action.
Matt Cain made the start for San Francisco and permitted four runs, three
earned, on five hits and fanning six over as many innings. Saddled with the
loss was Santiago Casilla, who is now 2-2 after giving up two runs in the
Trailing the entire game, the Giants, who tallied a pair of runs in the bottom
of the eighth, pushed the meeting to extra innings when Brandon Belt, who a
day earlier hit the game-winning single in the series opener, delivered
a two-run home run in the ninth to knot the score at 4-4. Scoring on the play
was Hunter Pence, who finished up with three hits in five at-bats.
"I feel like I've seen the ball well in the past couple of days. That's helped
me stay calm in those situations," Belt noted after his second game of clutch
Shooting for his fourth win in as many decisions this season, Madison
Bumgarner heads to the hill for the Giants this afternoon. The left-hander won
his first three starts of 2013 and turned in another solid effort last week
when San Francisco took down San Diego by a 3-2 score.
In that outing Bumgarner failed to earn the decision, yet he still struck out
a season-best 10 over six innings of work, allowing just two runs on four
hits. For his career against Arizona, the hurler is an even 3-3 with a 3.91
ERA in eight appearances.
As for the Diamondbacks, they are handing the ball to Ian Kennedy, who is
hoping to put an end to a two-game slide. The right-hander won his first start
of the campaign against St. Louis back on April 1, but more recently he has
bowed to both the Dodgers and Colorado.
Versus the Rockies last week, Kennedy gave up three runs on three hits and
just as many walks, striking out six through six innings in a 3-1 road loss.
A first-round pick out of USC in 2006, Kennedy has a career mark of 6-2 with a
2.38 ERA in 13 games against the Giants.
Despite the loss last night, San Francisco is still second in the standings,
having won an impressive nine of 11 games within the division.
In each of the two previous seasons these teams have split their annual
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