Thursday -- D-backs 7, Giants 6; Arizona prevails in 12 innings. Friday -- D-backs 9, Giants 0; Collmenter does it all. Saturday -- Giants 4, D-backs 1; Heston helps silence Arizona. Sunday -- RHP Jeremy Hellickson (0-2, 6.55) vs. RHP Tim Hudson (0-1, 2.03), 12:30 p.m., FOX Sports Arizona.
Can Bradley's confidence rub off?
Rookie pitcher Archie Bradley's tempo and confidence in his debut win against the Dodgers' Clayton Kershaw was impressive, and the schedule now pits him against Giants ace Madison Bumgarner to begin this series. It'd be a good sign for the D-backs to have another strong performance from Bradley, of course, but the rest of the D-backs' starters need Bradley-like pep in their own step. The three starters that folllow Bradley this series have ERAs above 6.00 through two starts each.
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Inciarte's streak shows batting versatility
The hottest bat for the Diamondbacks is that of outfielder Ender Inciarte, who has multi-hit games in five of eight and is batting .406. But after recording seven singles to start the season, he's begun taking more than first base. He didn't have the power to take a ball out of the park in the final plate appearance during Arizona's last home game Sunday, a 7-4 near-rally against the Dodgers, but in that game recorded his first double of the year. In the three-game series against the Padres that followed, he recorded three doubles and a triple in nine at-bats.
Not Yasmany at-bats available
Arizona's call-up of Yasmany Tomas appeared curious because there was a fear he wouldn't find many at-bats. Nonetheless, he began his major league career Wednesday with a pinch-hit groundout. Tomas could continue as a pinch-hitter, or play left or right field if the D-backs feel one of their regulars needs a breather. The key is getting him acclimated to the majors, even if his first stint with the team is brief and without much pressure to produce in a starter's role.
San Francisco enters the series on a six-game skid. The Giants have lacked timely hitting, but the two best pitchers, Madison Bumgarner and Jake Peavy, are also coming off rough outings. Bumgarner gave up five runs in three innings against the Padres on Saturday and Peavy followed by allowing four runs in four innings the next day. Will the woes continue against the D-backs?