It's always nice to win, no matter how much we claim these games don't matter. If you are going to play these exhibition games, you might was well get a "W", right? The Diamondbacks did that today thanks to a big eighth inning that propelled them to a 4-3 win over the World Champion San Francisco Giants.
Today's D-backs starters were both shaky as Ian Kennedy and Daniel Hudson combined to give up all three of the days runs in their first four innings of work. Kennedy was responsible for two thanks to a leadoff double and a walk that were driven in by a pair of singles. Hudson gave up a homer to Big Pablo Sandoval in the fourth.
Offensively, the Snakes saved all their striking power for the eight inning. AZ Snakepit has the call (along with a recap of the rest of the game):
It was the eighth inning which turned the game around for the Diamondbacks, plundering five hits and a walk off a pair of Giants relievers. Konrad Schmidt broke up the shutout with a lead-off home-run, and one out later, Ryan Roberts worked a walk.
Yesterday's hero, Paul Goldschmidt, came off the bench and delivered a key double down the left-field line, becoming the tying run in scoring position, and Juan Miranda dumped a single into right, tying the score at three. He came around to score, following a pair of singles from A.J. Pollock and Tony Abreu, scoring what proved to be the winning run for Arizona.
Goldschmidt is now 3-5 with two doubles and a home run. This three RBI and eight total bases lead the team through three games. He's on pace to record 783 (roughly estimated) RBI by Opening Day.
The D-backs are back at it with a home game against the Rockies at 1 p.m. on Monday.