SAN FRANCISCO — A couple of Giants sat in the dugout Saturday morning and shook their heads while talking about how much trouble they’ve had against Diamondbacks pitching this season. It didn’t get any better once the game started.
Patrick Corbin was brilliant and Arizona’s bullpen held on for a 6-0 win over a Giants team that’s playing out the string at this point. The Giants have hosted the Diamondbacks nine times this season and been shut out in five of those games.
Mike Leake had his shortest start since Sept. 24, 2013. He gave up hits to eight of the 17 hitters he faced and was charged with three earned in three innings. The Diamondbacks had three singles in the first inning to score an early run and then got three more singles and a walk in the second. They led 3-0 after two, and Leake had to do some work to strand two more runners in his final frame.
The Diamondbacks tacked on a run against Yusmeiro Petit, who made his first appearance of September, and another one against Matt Cain, who made his second career appearance out of the bullpen. Rookie Cody Hall gave up a run in the eighth.
Starting pitching report: Leake failed to record a strikeout for just the second time in a big league start.
Bullpen report: Cain made his first relief appearance since 2006. He walked two, gave up one hit and struck out two.
At the plate: Nope.
In the field: Ender Inciarte reached on an infield single in the fourth, but only after a replay confirmed that Brandon Crawford’s ridiculous play came a beat late. Crawford was breaking to cover second when Inciarte hit a ball back to his right. He sprawled out and stabbed it with his glove, spun back on one knee and made a strong throw to first. Inciarte, one of the fastest players in the league, beat it out, but the play should still end up on Crawford’s highlight reel.
Attendance: The Giants announced their 400th consecutive sellout. They didn’t exactly give the crowd a lot to cheer for.
Up next: The Diamondbacks will go for the sweep behind former Ray, Jeremy Hellickson. Tim Hudson starts for the Giants.