SAN FRANCISCO, CA - MAY 11: Miguel Tejada #10 of the San Francisco Giants slides safely in to second base past a diving Kelly Johnson #2 of the Arizona Diamondbacks for a double in the sixth inning at AT&T Park on May 11, 2011 in San Francisco, California. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)

D-backs Drop Third Straight To Giants, 3-2

Not a bad game for the D-backs, but once again they come up short.

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Diamondbacks Can't Get Over Giants Hump, 3-2

Not a bad game from the Dan Hudson and the Diamondbacks pitching staff. A quality start from Hudson and scoreless innings from the bullpen. Unfortunately, it needed to be just a tad better to beat Matt Cain and the Giants on this day. With the 3-2 loss, the D-backs get swept out of the bay and head south to face the Dodgers on the last leg of the California NL West road trip.

Hudson struck out five and walked three in this three earned run performance. Nate Schierholtz plated Cody Ross with an RBI single in the second and then in the seventh Andres Torres and Aubrey Huff added their own RBI singles to score the other two runs.

Offensively, Stephen Drew and Justin Upton both drove in a run in the eighth and the D-backs had runners on in the ninth but couldn't get it done.

Next up is MLB's team, the LA Dodgers for a three game weekend series.

For more on this game and all your D-backs needs visit AZ Snake Pit.


Slumping Chris Young Rests In Final Diamondbacks Game Vs. Giants

Arizona Diamondbacks center fielder Chris Young has played in all 35 games for the team this year. His defense has been stellar but offensively he's in a slump. Young is hitting just .150 in nine games in May and will be getting the day off Wednesday in the final game of the series against the Giant. Gerardo Parra will move into the center with Xavier Nady playing in left field as the D-backs try and avoid the sweep.

Daniel Hudson (3-4, 4.47 ERA) has thrown the ball well in this last two starts and will face one of the Giants many talented arms, Matt Cain (2-2, 3.38 ERA). 

This day game starts at 12:45 and will not be on local TV. You can catch the broadcast on KTAR 620 radio and the live game thread at AZ Snake Pit.

Here's a fun (depressing) look at the Diamondbacks draft history.

The Diamondbacks and the Draft: A Blast From the Past - AZ Snake Pit
[...]with the upcoming draft rapidly nearing I figured I'd look into some of the successes and failures our brief franchise has encountered in the draft. Needless to say, the draft has been a huge crap shoot for the Diamondbacks. Not only has there been a meager four players surpass 10+ WAR in our 14-year draft history, none of them are with the team anymore and two of them never even appeared in a D-back uniform.


Diamondbacks Start Strong, Giants Fight Back to Clinch 4-3 Victory

The Diamondbacks started strong in Wednesday's Game 2 against the San Francisco Giants but ultimately found themselves looking at a 4-3 defeat by night's end. Arizona scored three unanswered through the top of the fourth inning and looked poised to even the series at 1-1. The Giants, however, scored two runs in the bottom of the fourth behind Miguel Tejada's single as they began their comeback.

Diamondbacks' pitcher Armando Galarraga (3-3) left after five and one-thirds innings after allowing four runs and eight hits while striking out four batters. His counterpart Jonathan Sanchez (3-2) allowed three runs and six hits in six innings before the Giants' relievers shut down the Diamondbacks in the latter stage of the game.

Arizona failed to put more runs on the board after the fourth inning while the Giants put in one run in both the fifth and sixth innings to take a 4-3 lead that they would not relinquish. By the end, the Giants had recorded yet another comeback victory.

The Diamondbacks have now lost three games in a row and four of their last five to drop to 15-20. They will need to turn things around on the road in California as the take on the Giants, the Los Angeles Dodgers, and the San Diego Padres over the next seven days.


Diamondbacks Go For Game Two Against Giants

The Arizona Diamondbacks got everything possible out of Ian Kennedy who pitched eight scoreless innings but the game of baseball is nine innings and the results speak for themselves. Game 2 against the San Fransisco Giants gives the D-backs and crack.

Armando Galarraga (3-2, 5.29 ERA) walked six guys in his last start and lasted just four innings. His opponent, Jonathan Sanchez (2-2, 3.55 ERA) didn't do much better in his last two starts where he also gave up six walks in each. The pitcher that finds his control should win the game. How's that for brilliant analysis?

The game starts at 7:15 p.m. on Fox Sports Arizona with the live game thread at AZ Snake Pit.

The Diamondbacks and Last Night's Not-So Stolen-Base - AZ Snake Pit
Arizona's failure reduced their stolen-base percentage to 69%, with 27 successes against 12 times caught. That's below league-average and is also quite possibly at a level where it is having a negative impact on their offense - the break-even point, depending on your source, is somewhere between between two-thirds and 80%. But it does depend significantly on the game situation.

Giants 1, Diamondbacks 0: Ian Kennedy matches Tim Lincecum; MLB fails to notice - AZ Snake Pit
Record: 15-19 Pace: 71-91 Change on last year: +1 Tim Lincecum took a no-hitter into the 6th inning and Ian Kennedy shut out the Giants for 8 in a total pitcher's duel. Clearly, neither pitcher gave their team a chance to win, because both got a no-decision, despite pitching nearly-identical shutouts.


Lincecum, Kennedy Duel, Diamondbacks Bullpen Gives Giants 1-0 Win

Going into the 2011 season, Ian Kennedy was penciled in as the ace of the Arizona Diamondbacks. While many fans were hesitant that he could deliver on such a bold promise, Kennedy showed up in a big way on Tuesday night in San Francisco.

Kennedy dueled Giants ace Tim Lincecum for eight innings, and both pitchers shut down the opposition, giving up four hits apiece. The two pitchers combined for 17 strikeouts and only five walks.

Diamondbacks reliever David Hernandez gave up the game-winning run in the ninth inning, surrendering a single to Cody Ross that scored Darren Ford, who was pinch running for Buster Posey.

Kennedy did not factor into the decision, and as of tonight has an impressive 3.23 ERA and a 3-1 record. Long considered the "ace of the future" in the New York Yankees organization, Kennedy has lived up to the billing over the last two seasons for Arizona.

With the tough loss, the Diamondbacks fall to 15-19 on the season. Arizona is only 5-10 on the road in 2011, and will need to turn around this trend if they are to play meaningful baseball in the latter months of summer.

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