PHOENIX, AZ - APRIL 17: Outfielder Chris Young #24 of the Arizona Diamondbacks catches a fly ball out against the San Francisco Giants during the Major League Baseball game at Chase Field on April 17, 2011 in Phoenix, Arizona. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

D-backs Avoid Sweep With 12th Inning Rally Win Over Giants, 6-5

Very nice win for the D-backs to rally from a late 8th inning deficit to tie and then eventually win the game off a Drew RBI single in the 12th inning. Solid bullpen work today.

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Diamondbacks Rally For 12th Inning Win Over Giants, 6-5

The Arizona Diamondbacks were facing the prospect for losing their fourth-straight game and getting swept in a series for the first time this season. Instead they rallied late and pushed over the walk-off run in the 12th inning to take the game and end the homestand on a high note.

Things were looking positive early behind a very solid start to Barry Enright's start. He was carrying a perfect game and a three-run lead into the fourth inning before notorious D-backs killer, Aubrey Huff, smacked a curve ball over the right field fence.

Justin Upton struck back in the fifth with a solo homer of his own (another deep blast to left center) and the D-backs looked in control with a 4-1 lead. Then things fell off the rails for Big Red Enright.

Enright's fast ball didn't seem to have enough life today and while his breaking stuff was fantastic early and got him the lead, he eventually hung a couple of off-speed pitches and then his straight low-90's heat wasn't enough to get him out of trouble. The Giants tagged him for three runs capped by Buster Posey's two-run homer off the fourth-straight inside pitch Miguel Montero called for.

Esmerling Vasquez came for Enright with the game tied at four and promptly gave up a home run to the Kong-Fu Mini-Panda, Pablo Sandoval. Boy, does that guy look dangerous this year minus about 50 extra pounds.

Juan Gutierrez looked like his mechanics had been cleaned up as he pitched a solid seventh and David Hernandez continued his streak of lights out relief in the eighth. But holding serve with the Giant's pen down 5-4 wasn't enough.

Ryan Roberts stepped up to fix that by driving in Xavier Nady who had got on with a walk and advanced to second on a steal and third on a Montero ground out. Small ball in action. With the tying run successfully manufactured, it was time for free baseball.

Rested closer J.J. Putz pitched two innings of three strikeout, no-hit ball. He was followed by newly recalled Josh Collmenter who unleashed his funky overhand delivery on the Giants for another two innings of perfect work.

For those counting at home, that's a total of 6.2 innings from the pen with only two hits and one run allowed. Solid.

It was the Giants pen that faltered first. They gave up walks to Justin Upton and Chris Young which gave Stephen Drew the opportunity to be the quiet hero. Drew continued to show his ability to hit left-handed pitching as he singled to right and gave Upton just enough time to beat the throw at home and win the game. 

The D-backs fly out of Phoenix tonight to start a road trip against the Reds on Tuesday followed by the Mets over the weekend.

For more on this game visit Diamondbacks blog, AZ Snake Pit.    

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Arizona Diamondbacks Schedule: D-Backs Look To Snap Season-High Three-Game Losing Streak Against Giants

The Diamondbacks will try to snap a season-high three-game losing steak today against the San Francisco Giants in Game 3 of the series.

Arizona will start Barry Enright (0-1, 6.00), a second-year player who closed his rookie season by losing his last five starts. Enright has continued to struggle in the early part of this season, allowing nine hits in an 8-2 loss against the St. Louis Cardinals on Monday.

The Giants, on the other hand, will look to match their season-high win streak from last year with their fifth consecutive victory today. They will start Madison Bumgarner (0-2, 9.00 ERA), an important cog in their championship run last season when he went 2-0 with a 2.18 ERA.

The Diamondbacks are 5-8 on the season while the Giants are 8-6.

Game 3 starts at 1:10 p.m. and will be broadcast locally on Fox Sports Arizona. AZ Snakepit will have a lively game thread for online viewers.

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Saunders Solid But Not Good Enough In Diamondbacks Loss To Giants, 5-3

Uh oh. Don't look now, but the gritty Diamondbacks have dropped three straight and fallen to 5-8 on the season. The loss to the San Francisco Giants on Saturday night threatens to deflate some of the optimism Arizona had built with the series win over the Reds. 

Gone are the big hitting nights and solid bullpen performances. The D-backs managed just three runs tonight against Barry Zito and the Giant's arms.

Zito gave up two runs before he left the game after hurting his foot making a play on a bunted ball in the second inning. Normally, you would be happy to get into a team's pen so early in the game but in this case the World Champs might have been better off with the four innings they got from Guillermo Mota in long relief.

Mota gave up one run and three hits with four strikeouts and no walks to bridge the gap from Zito to the normal late inning relief. 

Joe Saunders gave a solid outing and deserved better than the five earned runs he was tagged with. After giving up a two-run shot to Buster Posey in the first, he was solid into the seventh inning.

Joe took a line drive off the foot from Pat Burrell to lead things off but stayed in the game and proceed to pick off the pinch runner, Darren Ford, to clear the bases. Unfortunately, Saunders gave up a two more singles and a walk to load the bases with two outs. Kirk Gibson came and got his veteran lefty who had tossed 97 pitches (56 for strikes) and gave the ball to Sam Demel.

Saunders finished with 12 hits allowed but survived that by inducing a franchise-tying five double-plays.

If Demel bails out his starter and gets the one out, the game stays tied at three. Instead, Freddy Sanchez punched a ball between second and third that drove in two runs. Joe Paterson came in to get the final out of the inning and the D-bats were unable to make any progress against the Giant's pen.

The Giants, obviously, are a very good team but you hate to lose a game like this. Getting timely hits is important but it's just as important for the bullpen to come into a pressure situation and get a big out. Demel didn't deliver and this game is on him.

The D-backs finish the series and try and avoid the sweep on Sunday against the Giants. Barry Enright will face Madison Bumgarner in a 1:10 p.m. start at Chase.

For more on this game visit Diamondbacks blog, AZ Snake Pit.

Diamondbacks 3, Giants 5: Saunders shaky, offense quiet, and double plays plentiful - AZ Snake Pit
In an absolutely shocking turn of events, we did not get to witness the highly-expected pitchers' duel between Barry Zito and Joe Saunders, two pitchers with ERA+ of 101 and 93 (respectively) since 2009. Zito fell victim to the whole injured-opposing-pitchers virus that seems to take hold of nearly every starter that goes up against Arizona. Ok, so maybe saying nearly every starter is a slight exaggeration, but it's certainly a fun little tidbit of information. 

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Arizona Diamondbacks Schedule: D-Backs Eye Revenge In Tonight's Game 2 Against Defending World Champion Giants

The Diamondbacks will look to bounce back from Friday's 5-2 loss to the defending champion San Francisco Giants with a win in tonight's Game 2. 

Arizona will start Joe Saunders, who is 0-1 this season and has a 6.00 ERA. He will pitch against the Giants' Barry Zito, who has very similar stats thus far this season (also 0-1 with an ERA of 5.56).

The Diamondbacks are 5-7 on the season while the Giants are 7-6.

Game 2 starts at 5:10 p.m. and will be broadcast locally on Fox Sports Arizona. AZ Snakepit will have a lively game thread for online viewers.

Recap from Friday night's beating at the hands of the Giants and a full D-backs Farm Report from AZ Snakepit:

 

Giants 5, Diamondbacks 2 - Cain Masters Diamondbacks as Offense Deserts Arizona - AZ Snake Pit
Daniel Hudson gave up a 3-run home run to Pablo Sandoval in the 1st inning, and that was all Matt Cain needed for his second victory of the year. Arizona's Tale of Woe continues after the jump.

 

Diamondbacks Farm Round-Up: April 15th - AZ Snake Pit
The loss of Josh Collmenter left a hole in the Reno Aces rotation, and the opposing pitcher tonight was a former Diamondback. We have details of that, and the other minor-league action.

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