What we learned as Giants' late-inning rally falls short in loss


SAN FRANCISCO -- It had been 22 months since the last time the Giants lost a home game to the Arizona Diamondbacks, but right now you can throw any positive streak out the window. 

The Giants failed to capitalize on good late opportunities and lost 4-3, falling to 1-3 against the Diamondbacks this season. The momentum that was captured over the weekend in San Diego dissipated, and the skid hit 15 losses in the last 21 games overall. 

The Diamondbacks scored three runs in the third on four singles and a walk, and until the eighth, this looked like it would be another dull loss for the Giants. But a couple of breaks got them going. 

With a runner on first and no outs, pinch-hitter Darin Ruf hit a slow grounder to third that was hit too softly for the Diamondbacks to record an out. Wilmer Flores followed with a bouncer to third but it hit the bag and turned into a double instead of a likely out. That got the Giants a run and Austin Slater's groundout brought another one home, getting them within one. 

The bases ended up being loaded for Brandon Crawford, who jumped ahead 2-0. He took a big swing at a fastball down the pipe but bounced it to first for an inning-ending double play that was confirmed by a long review and kept the Giants down a run. 

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Tale Of Two Games 

Alex Cobb retired 10 of 11 after Daulton Varsho's single with two outs in the third, but by that point the damage had been done. With the bases loaded, Varsho yanked a splitter into right field to drive in a pair and give the Diamondbacks a three-run lead. 

There was a lot of traffic early on and Cobb paid for it in the third, but he did manage to hang around long enough for a quality start. In six innings, Cobb allowed three earned on six hits and four walks. He struck out four, all coming in his final three innings. 

Cobb has now gone six innings in consecutive starts for just the second time as a Giant. Through 13 starts, he has a 4.57 ERA. 


Brandon Belt has played 627 games at Oracle Park, but the dimensions can still be hard to swallow sometimes. Belt crushed a ball to right-center with one out in the sixth and dropped his bat, thinking he had just hit his sixth homer of the season. He ended up with a 398-foot double. 

The ball was hit to the deepest part of the yard on a cold and foggy night. Even with the right launch angle and 106 mph of exit velocity, it had little chance. Belt shook his head as he touched second and looked back at Triples Alley, which has cost him dozens of homers. According to Statcast, it would have been a homer in the 29 other MLB parks. 

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The double ended up representing a missed opportunity. Luis Gonzalez grounded out and David Villar struck out. 

That's Foul

Mauricio Llovera got out of a jam in the seventh, but he couldn't make it out of the top of the eighth. Llovera faced five batters on the night and threw 37 pitches because the Diamondbacks kept spoiling so many of them. 

They fouled off 13 of the 37 pitches, including one into McCovey Cove and several down both lines that could have done damage. Llovera threw 26 sliders and 10 of them were fouled off. Ultimately Llovera was removed after giving up a single to Sergio Alcantara that brought speedy Jake McCarthy home for the fourth run of the night. 

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