PHOENIX — Mike Leake’s rough homecoming led to another lost day for the Giants.
Leake, who pitched at Arizona State, gave up six runs before being lifted in the sixth inning of a 6-1 loss to the Diamondbacks that cost the Giants a chance to make up ground or keep pace with the Dodgers, and dropped them nine games behind the Cubs in the Wild-Card standings. The Giants have lost eight of 10 and they’re just 2-5 on this road trip through the division.
Leake fell behind early, giving up a three-run homer to Phil Gosselin in the second inning. He allowed two more runs in the fourth, with opposing pitcher Patrick Corbin driving in a run on the third straight Diamondbacks single and A.J. Pollock hitting a sac fly. Pollock’s solo blast in the sixth chased Leake.
Corbin continued a strong return from Tommy John surgery, pitching six shutout innings. He struck out five and walked none, lowering his ERA to 3.32.
Starting pitching report: Leake has three career starts with at least 11 hits and six earned runs. He’s done it twice here at Chase Field, and also did it earlier this year against the Giants.
Bullpen report: Ryan Vogelsong came out of the bullpen in the seventh. So … Ryan Vogelsong is not starting Tuesday, apparently. The guess here is Tim Hudson.
At the plate: Joe Panik entered in the eighth and hit a double to deep center in his first at-bat in over a month. Panik scored on Buster Posey’s single.
In the field: The Giants had an uncharacteristically sloppy day in the field, although they weren’t charged with any errors. There were three grounders and two liners in the first five innings that the infielders would probably tell you they thought they should have had.
Attendance: The Diamondbacks announced a crowd of 28,078 human beings, including two dudes who had the following exchange in the first inning:
Guy in first deck: “Stop yelling, this isn’t a Little League game.”
Guy in second deck: “I can do whatever I want.”
Guy in first deck: “No, you can’t.”
Guy in second deck: “Come up here then … do something about it.”
Guy in first deck: “Maybe I will.”
And then there was silence.
Up next: Right-hander Chase Anderson (6-5, 4.26) goes for the Diamondbacks. He’ll face … Hudson?