By: Malaika Bobino
San Francisco, CA – A tying home run in the ninth inning was the beginning of the end. After rallying back from a four-run deficit, the Giants broke down in extra innings to lose 6-4 to the Arizona Diamondbacks.
The D-backs scored two runs in the eleventh for the victory. Didi Gregorious doubled to left field on a fly ball with one out. Gregorius advanced to third when Pablo Sandoval fielded pinch-hitter Alfred Marte’s ground ball and over threw Brandon Belt at first who couldn’t hold onto the ball.
Santiago Casilla’s wild pitch scored Didi and Gerardo Para’s brought in Marte. The defense fell apart and Belt who normally catches everything thrown to him, made a error that was costly. He blamed himself for dropping Sandoval’s ball.
“It’s one of those things that I might have taken for granted,” he explained. “It’s definitely my fault. It stayed up on me and I didn’t watch it in the glove.”
Plenty of opportunities for San Francisco to win this ball game but Arizona capitalized off their mistakes. In the tenth frame, Hunter Pence hit a two-out single and Pablo was thrown out at home plate trying got score from second base.
“You get a two-hit, you’re trying to score,” Giants manager Bruce Bochy said. “[Cody] Ross charged it well, threw a bullet home and Sandoval was out. That’s part of the game. They’re going to have to make a good play. We got the hit we were looking for, they made a great throw.”
“I knew if we gave up a single right there, it would have been a play at the plate and a good chance to get him out,” said D-backs catcher Miguel Montero. “I know if they get hit, it would have to be in the gap for him to score, because all three of those guys can throw the ball good.”
Two errors early in the game helped Arizona score early. Brandon Crawford dropped an easy out at first on Parra’s base hit. And Pence tripped while diving to catch Paul Goldschmidt’s double RBI. The D-backs took a 2-0 lead. Goldschmidt hit a two-run homer in the third and drove in three runs.
It was a tough start for Matt Cain who is winless in five starts in April. He lasted six innings, surrendering four runs (three earned) and five hits while walking one and striking out six. Cain has allowed 6 HR’s in the last 16 innings pitched.
“I’m putting the guys in a hole,” he explained. “This is what we’ve done in the last couple of years. We might not come back but we felt like we had a chance.”
In the eighth San Francisco cut the lead in half, Crawford tripled on a line drive to center field scoring Andre Torres. Hector Sanchez grounded out to first base and brought in Brandon making it a 4-2 game. And Belt’s two-run homer tied the game in the ninth.
Closer Sergio Romo gave up his first walk of the season. Which was the beginning of problems for the Giants. Pablo hit a double, Brad Ziegler internally walked Buster Posey. And Hunter singled on a ground ball to right filed, Cody Ross to catcher Miguel Montero for the out at home plate.