National League Preview from The Sports Network|
Monday, April 22nd
(All times eastern)
Arizona Diamondbacks (10-8) at San Francisco Giants (12-7), 10:15 p.m.
Probable Starting Pitchers: Arizona - Wade Miley (2-0, 2.79)
San Francisco - Ryan Vogelsong (1-1, 5.89)
(Sports Network) - Looking to continue their dominance against the rest of the
National League West, the San Francisco Giants welcome the Arizona
Diamondbacks to AT&T Park to open a three-game series.
The Giants are 8-1 against the rest of the NL West so far this season.
"You need to play good baseball against your division," manager Bruce Bochy
said. "That's who you play more than anyone else."
After suffering a series sweep in Milwaukee, San Francisco returned the favor
against San Diego by sweeping the weekend series with the Padres. Reigning NL
MVP Buster Posey finally notched his first home run of the season in Sunday's
5-0 victory to support starter Barry Zito, who threw seven shutout innings.
Pablo Sandoval, who left Saturday's game after fouling a pitch off his right
ankle, was back in the lineup on Sunday and hit his fourth home run of the
season in the fourth inning. Sandoval paces the team with 18 RBI.
This is the final stop of a three-city road trip for the Diamondbacks, who
lost consecutive series to the Yankees and Rockies to begin the trip. However,
just like they did in the final game against New York last week, the D'backs
avoided the series sweep on Sunday with a two-run ninth-inning rally to win,
Highly-touted rookie Didi Gregorius homered in the fifth inning and led off
the decisive ninth with a single.
Arizona will turn to Wade Miley, who has posted a 2.79 ERA in three starts.
The left-hander had a shutout going through six innings against the Yankees on
Wednesday, but he unraveled a bit in the seventh by allowing three runs and
wound up with the loss.
For San Francisco, Ryan Vogelsong will try and build on his last start
Wednesday at Milwaukee, when he allowed three runs over seven innings and
struck out five. Vogelsong had given up nine runs over his first two outings
against the Cardinals and Cubs.
"I felt better -- still not perfect, but (Wednesday) was definitely better,"
Vogelsong said after the Milwaukee game. "You always want to stay in there as
long as you can."
The Giants and Diamondbacks split 18 meetings in each of the past two seasons.
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