Diamondbacks Beat Giants In Opener, Move Further Away In Standings

By Bryan Rose

May 1, 2013; Phoenix, AZ, USA; San Francisco Giants right fielder

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(8) points to a child before throwing him the ball during the seventh inning against the Arizona Diamondbacks at Chase Field. Mandatory Credit: Matt Kartozian-USA TODAY Sports

The San Francisco Giants didn’t score much tonight and it proved to be fatal as an eighth inning home run from Paul Goldschmidt gave the Diamondback’s a 3-1 victory over the Giants.

Things started off roughly for starter Matt Cain as he was immediately forced into the stretch and dealt with multiple runners on base in a few different instances early, but some quality pitching got Cain out the jams. Two of the most drama filled moments were against the previously mentioned Goldschmidt who in the first inning hit two BOMBS down the line (both foul), but Cain was able to induce the double play there and a few innings later in a similar scenario, preserving his 7+ of fantastic ball.

Up 1-0 in the bottom of the 8th, after allowing a runner on base, Cain was removed for Jeremy Affledt which eventually lead to another baserunner and then a three-run homer from Goldschmidt, destroying Cain’s shutout and would be victory in the process.

Offensively, the Giants continued to struggle as they were only to get a small handful of players into scoring position, plating their lone run off a two-out Gregor Blanco single.

The heartbreaking loss (Giants are now 4-3 against Arizona this year) dropped the Giants to 3.5 games behind the first place Diamondbacks, a big blow considering they were four outs away from a victory.