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The Giants lost their sixth game in a row last night by a score of 8-5 to the Arizona Diamondbacks in a game that could have been very different if …




In the bottom of the third inning the DBacks scored three runs thanks to miscues by the left side of the infield. Casey Schmitt committed an error and failed to field two balls very near him in a display of his range and an explanation why he is better off as a third baseman. Matt Chapman had a hard liner go off his glove and before you know it it’s 3-0 Arizona. Kyle Harrison had given up a few hard hit balls in that inning, four to be exact, but with better play by the shortstop and the third baseman he gets out of it with zero runs allowed and it’s a very different ball game. The inning started with a Jake McCarthy single to left that could not have been more than 8 inches to Casey Schmitt’s right. But the shortstop did not react well and it was a hit. From there Blaise Alexander hit a routine grounder between short and third that went off Schmitt’s glove and trickled into left. That trickle allowed McCarthy and Alexander to advance. It was another play that a better shortstop at least knocks down, maybe even records an out. Then with runners on second and third and in an 0-2 count Harrison hit the liner off Chapman’s glove. The key to the hit was Chapman’s reaction, a bit off and understandably in shock. The ball was hit hard but it could have been caught. Two runs scored, the runner on second making it easy when Conforto’s throw from left escaped Patrick Bailey.

The inning is becoming a catastrophe now. The next batter hit a routine one-hopper to Casey Schmitt that the shortstop flubbed and knocked into the outfield for an error.

UGH Growing Pains!

Moreno then hit a sac fly to right to make it 3-0 before the Giants were able to turn a double play.

In the top of the fourth inning the Giants scratched one run home thanks to a Matt Chapman hustle double, a Conforto grounder to second and a fielder’s choice from Soler that sent Chappy across the plate to make it 3-1. All of a Sudden the Giants were back in it. I need to backtrack for a second to say the Giants had the bases loaded with one out in the top of the second but failed to score when Schmitt and Estrada struck out. Arizona starting pitcher Blake Walston was throwing the ball well and getting the Giants right-handed batters to choice fastballs up and out of the zone away. He was looking like a young MadBum and he was tough, despite only going 4 1/3 innings.

A double and another Schmitt error in the bottom of the fourth lead to another crucial DBacks run to make it 4-1 before Arizona blew the game open in the bottom of the seventh inning off Luke Jackson, whose ERA is now 6.35. That inning ended the game for all intents and. you know-whats even though Yaz hit a pinch-hit three-run home run down the right field line in the top of the eighth inning to make things interesting. We were all left to wonder if:

The Giants bullpen held the game at 4-1 and the Giants infield defense were better.

At the end of the day it was another growing pains loss, in part due to injuries to Ahmed and the Giants decision to not play Marco Luciano at short instead. I don’t like players playing out of position unless it’s an emergency and in this game it cost the Giants.

That makes six losses in a row and the Giants are now 29-33 after such an impressive hot streak with the young blood in the line up and on the field. I will say Kyle Harrison deserved better against a very talented, athletic and speedy DBacks line up. His stuff was good and he was let down a bit by the defense and his inability to get the third out in a key situation in the bottom of the fourth inning. His line of six innings, four runs allowed with three being earned against eight hits and zero walks was not that bad and good enough for a win on a better day for the San Franciscans.

Today’s Game

The Giants wrap up the series in Phoenix with a game at 12:40 PM. Hicks faces Montgomery. The Giants need a win badly.