Monday -- D-backs 6, Giants 2; Trumbo's slam the difference. Tuesday -- Giants 2, D-backs 1; Collmenter falls in pitchers' duel. Wednesday -- LHP Andrew Chafin (0-0, 0.00) vs. LHP Madison Bumgarner (18-9, 2.91), noon, FOX Sports Arizona.
It is a small sample, but the D-backs have to like what they have seen from Ender Inciarte at the top of the order. Inciarte is hitting .280 with eight doubles, three triples and 10 stolen bases since July 31 while exclusively batting first in the order, when the D-backs clears time for him and David Peralta by trading Gerardo Parra to Milwaukee. Inciarte is 16 for 19 in stolen base attempts.
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Josh Collmenter, working to claim a spot in the 2015 starting rotation, earned his first victory against the Giants in April 2011, and has continued to have success since. Collmenter pitched six scoreless innings in a no-decision in San last Saturday and 1-0 with a 1.00 ERA in five appearances against the Giants in two starts this year. He is 5-1, with a 3.31 ERA against them in his career, tied for his most wins against any foe.
A.J. Pollock has been on a roll since his return from the disabled list Sept. 2, looking a lot like the guy who was on his way to a breakout season before missing three months with a fractured right hand. Pollock is slashing .286/.342/.429 with two doubles, a homer, six RBI and four stolen bases in 10 games since coming back. He has thrown out a runner attempting to stretch a single and been aggressive on the bases.
The Giants will attempt to make up some ground after losing two of three games to the Dodgers last weekend to fall three games back in the NL West. They will throw two of their best starters in the last two games, Jake Peavy and Madison Bumgarner. Peavy has won five of his last six starts and has given up no more than two runs in any. Bumgarner has won his last five and has made eight straight quality starts.