Suarez and Offense Solid, Bullpen Struggles as San Francisco Giants Lose to Diamondbacks
The San Francisco Giants again stormed back in one inning to tie the Arizona Diamondbacks with three runs, but couldn’t seal the deal like they did in Tuesday’s game to snag the victory.
After rookie Andrew Suarez got pulled in the 6th with two outs left (more on him later), Sam Dyson came in and pitched well to get through the inning with the Giants down just 4-3. Manager Bruce Bochy evidently felt good enough about him to trot him back out there for the 7th inning.
That was probably a mistake.
After getting shortstop Nick Ahmed to lineout to right, third baseman Deven Marrero hit an infield single. After stealing second, Dyson allowed two doubles – one to catcher John Ryan Murphy and the other to pinch hitter Daniel Descalso, leading to two more runs and a 6-3 Diamondbacks lead.
Bochy then brought in Josh Osich to come in and face Jarrod Dyson for a lefty-lefty matchup with just one out in 7th. Osich got a groundout from Dyson, but then allowed second baseman Ketel Marte to single and hit home Arizona’s seventh run.
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Osich would go on to pitch a clean 8th inning, and Pierce Johnson would continue his strong start to the season with a clean 9th inning.
Offensively, the Giants did force Dbacks starter Robbie Ray to throw 100 pitches through 4.2 innings, yet the Diamondbacks bullpen shut down the offense through the rest of the game.
They did all of their damage against Ray in the 5th, with Mccutchen driving in Austin Jackson with some quality situational hitting, then Buster Posey following up a two-run home run to give the Giants their three runs.
Meanwhile, newly promoted pitcher Andrew Suarez got the start for Giants and pitched a deadly Diamondbacks offense pretty well — except to backup catcher John Ryan Murphy that is. JRM came through with two extra base knocks, one a home run and one a double, leading to two RBIs and two runs scored for him.
On the other hand, Suarez had seven strikeouts and allowed just four baserunners, before getting pulled through 5.1 innings. Unfortunately, two of those were home runs, with the aforementioned one to JRM and the other being to Paul Goldschmidt (a little bit more understandable), and all of those baserunners came around to score.
If you’re wondering if giving up the long ball will be a frustrating trend for Suarez, I can give you the definite answer of probably not? It was never really a problem for him in the minors, as he allowed just 0.7 HR/9, with that number dropping as he progressed through each level.