D-backs again crumble in ninth as Giants complete sweep

May 15, 2016

PHOENIX -- Another bad day for the Arizona Diamondbacks' offense.

And another loss at home.

Arizona starter Rubby De La Rosa allowed one hit over 6 2/3 innings but got little support in a 2-1 loss to the San Francisco Giants on Sunday.

The Giants completed a four-game sweep and the Diamondbacks fell to 5-16 at home. Arizona scored six runs in the series.


San Francisco manager Bruce Bochy challenged the umpire's call on the final play of the game. Like everything else the Giants did on this trip, he won.

The ruling overturned a safe call at first base for a game-ending double play.

"They got it right," Arizona manager Chip Hale said.

Bochy challenged that Rickie Weeks was safe at first on what turned out to be a 4-6-3 double play. If the call had stood, the tying run would have scored from third. But Bochy was certain first baseman Brandon Belt's foot had remained on the bag.

"It was an easy call. It was a double play," Bochy said. "We were pretty confident we would win that. That was a double play. But it happened so fast I'm sure to the umpire it looked like he came off the bag."

Hale also challenged the final play, unsuccessfully contending shortstop Brandon Crawford was off the bag.

Santiago Casilla escaped the trouble for his ninth save.

Crawford singled in the winning run in the ninth.

The Giants had just one hit -- Trevor Brown's home run -- through eight innings. But they opened the ninth with three singles on three pitches from Brad Ziegler (1-2).

"Those easily could have been double-play balls," Brown said, "but they found holes and getting that one run was huge."

Ziegler throws sidearm and is one of the best at inducing ground balls.

"That is part of being a contact pitcher," he said. "Every once in a while they hit it where it is not at somebody. Feels like for whatever reason I have got a lot more of that than in the past."

Hunter Strickland (2-0) pitched a scoreless inning to get the victory.

A walk and Brandon Drury's fourth single of the game put runners at first and third with one out in the ninth, but pinch-hitter Weeks grounded to second on the play that ended the game.

De La Rosa couldn't have been much better.

"Their guy was electric," Bochy said.

De La Rosa said he made only one mistake, a pitch up in the zone to Brown.

"I did great," he said. "My command was good."

Matt Cain had his second straight strong start but remained winless at 0-5. Cain gave up one run on seven hits in seven innings.

Arizona's lone run came on Paul Goldschmidt's sacrifice fly. They had runners at third four other times, twice with one out.

"It is difficult to score runs, more difficult than people think, when a runner is on third," Hale said. "(But) we are not doing a good job offensively that way. We have to get better."

The Diamondbacks swept four games in San Francisco earlier this season.

Chris Herrmann, usually Arizona's backup catcher, started in center field for the first time in his major league career.

Herrmann last played center when he was with Class A Fort Myers against Palm Beach on April 21, 2010.

He is the first player to start at catcher and center field in the same season since the Tigers' Brandon Inge did it in 2008.

The move was made so Hale could shift Chris Owings to shortstop to replace Nick Ahmed, who is batting .175.

Giants: RHP George Kantos (right flexor strain) rejoined the team after four rehab outings for Triple-A Sacramento. He is expected to be activated on Tuesday.

Diamondbacks: LF David Peralta, who hadn't played in a week due to right wrist inflammation, was placed on the 15-day disabled list. To help fill the void, Arizona selected the contract of OF Michael Bourn from Double-A Mobile. Bourne, 33, was signed to a minor league contract on Tuesday. Bourn had a sacrifice bunt as a pinch hitter in the seventh.

Giants: San Francisco heads to San Diego to take Monday off. Madison Bumgarner (4-2, 2.72 ERA) will start in the series opener against the Padres on Tuesday night.

Diamondbacks: LHP Robbie Ray (1-2, 4.84 ERA) goes for Arizona and RHP Michael Pineda (1-4, 6.28) takes the mound for visiting New York as the Yankees and Diamondbacks open a three-game series.