The San Francisco Giants’ bats woke up in a major way during their series with the Reds this week, and they hope for more of the same vs. Arizona when the teams clash Saturday.
The San Francisco Giants hope their bats continue to stay hot Saturday night when they continue a three-game home series against the Arizona Diamondbacks.
The Giants scored 38 runs in a recently completed three-game home series with Cincinnati. They couldn't get the sweep on Wednesday, losing 12-11 in extra innings after coming back from a 10-1 deficit. It was the most runs they scored during a home loss in 27 years.
San Francisco had a day off Thursday before beginning the Arizona series on Friday. Though the Giants are six games behind the surprising first-place Padres in the NL West standings, they lead the wild-card by a half-game over Philadelphia. A 14-7 second-half home record has helped the cause.
The Diamondbacks have the second-worst NL record and are 27-games back of San Diego in the division. They started August with a nifty 8-3 mark, but have fallen into a familiar pattern since (4-9).
Daniel Hudson (4-2, 3.10 ERA), who came over in the trade that sent Edwin Jackson to the White Sox, will start for Arizona.
The 23-year-old Hudson has been better than expected. He has five quality starts in five outings (1.72 ERA), lasting at least seven innings each game. He has fanned 28 batters in his last three games and has an 8.60 strikeout rate in eight starts overall.
The Diamondbacks won Hudson's first three starts, scoring eight runs per game. They've lost the last two, scoring two total runs. This will be Hudson's first-ever look at San Francisco.
Barry Zito (8-9, 3.78 ERA) has had a good year overall, although he'll never be worthy of the monster contract he signed in 2006. His ERA is the best in four years and so are his walks per nine innings (3.29).
The 32-year-old lefthander has struggled this month (0-3, 6.26 ERA). He last started on Sunday, but was forced to pitch an inning of relief in Wednesday's extra inning game. He gave up the game-winning run, adding to his recent woes.
Zito is pitching much better at home (6-3, 2.83 ERA) than on the road (2-6, 4.87). He has surprisingly avoided the Diamondbacks this year and is 3-6 with a 4.70 ERA lifetime against them. Arizona is 0-5 in its last five games against a left-handed starter.
The Giants are 7-2 in the nine meetings with Arizona this year, including 3-0 at home. They're 20-7 in the last 27 meetings overall. The ‘over' is 5-2 in the last seven games in San Francisco.
San Francisco has relief pitchers Dan Runzler (knee), Guillermo Mota (leg) and Chris Ray ribs) out with injuries. The Giants' bullpen ranks third in the NL (3.34 ERA). Arizona is not reporting any significant injuries.
First pitch on Saturday night is 6:05 p.m. (PT). The weather should be clear, but only in the 50s