PHOENIX -- Another day, another injury for the star-crossed Giants. And this time, there was also a loss.
Brandon Belt exited midway with a strained right groin, Ryan Vogelsong got knocked around and a comeback attempt fell short as the Giants lost 7-6 to the Arizona Diamondbacks.
Already fielding a lineup without Hunter Pence (and Pablo Sandoval and Michael Morse), the Giants lost one of their few remaining power sources when Belt pulled up lame while chasing a pop up down the line. The Giants scored in four separate innings with two of the outbursts coming on homers, but that wasn’t enough on a day when Vogelsong didn’t make it out of the fifth.
Vogelsong was starting in place of the hurting Jake Peavy, and by the end of the fifth he wore a pained expression, too. While his fastball was jumping early on, Vogelsong had trouble getting his off-speed pitches across and the Diamondbacks took advantage. David Peralta and Jake Lamb had three-run homers for a deep and powerful lineup.
The teams have split the first two games of this season-opening series.
Starting pitching report: In the third inning, after Vogelsong pumped a bunch of fastballs into Paul Goldschmidt — just missing on a 3-2 pitch that would have ended the inning — Peralta crushed the first heater he saw two-thirds of the way up the right field seats. Vogelsong had to grind through the middle innings and was knocked out by another well-struck homer. His eighth pitch to Lamb was a curveball that did nothing but sit on a tee. Lamb hit it out to right, giving the Diamondbacks their second three-run bomb.
Vogelsong, the starter turned reliever turned starter, was charged with seven runs — all earned — in 4 2/3 innings. He gave up six hits, walked four and struck out five.
Bullpen report: Yusmeiro Petit pitched 1 1/3 scoreless out of the pen and George Kontos got away with some hard contact while keeping the Diamondbacks off the scoreboard in the seventh and eighth.
At the plate: It’s Chase Field and Rubby De La Rosa is a bit of a wild card, so there were plenty of Giants highlights. Buster Posey kicked things off with a two-run homer in the first, his first of the season. Brandon Crawford went the opposite way for an impressive solo shot in the sixth, one of 10 hits for the Giants. Vogelsong might have had the biggest moment for the Giants; he singled in his second at-bat and executed a perfect slide at the plate to just barely score on Joe Panik’s sacrifice fly.
In the field: Kontos was in trouble in the bottom of the seventh until Crawford and Panik turned a silky double play. Crawford went far to his right to field a hard grounder from Mark Trumbo and threw back across his body (think: the ricochet in Game 5 of the NLCS) to Panik, who made a quick turn as a runner came in hard at second. As the kids are saying, that was some serious Crawnik.
Attendance: An announced crowd of 22,626 … or, 26,417 fewer fans than the night before. Even if the first game was Opening Day, that’s a pretty stunning drop.
Up next: Chris Heston, a 26-year-old right-hander, makes his second career start for the Giants. Heston was called up Tuesday to replace Matt Cain, who was put on the disabled list. He’ll face Jeremy Hellickson, the 2011 American League Rookie of the Year. Hellickson hasn’t done much since and was traded to the Diamondbacks over the winter in exchange for a pair of minor leaguers.