A brutal nine-game road trip started with a crushing loss on Friday night and a win on Saturday. The first series ended with Chad Gaudin pitching six solid innings to lead the San Francisco Giants to a series win over the Arizona Diamondbacks.
Gaudin got the call last Sunday against the St. Louis Cardinals, and he allowed just two runs over six innings. That convinced Bruce Bochy to stick with the versatile right-hander again, and Gaudin responded with six innings of two-run ball. He allowed just five hits, struck out seven and walked only one batter.
Gaudin’s final line is a bit deceiving because the Diamondbacks scored one run in the fourth inning on his balk. The third base umpire’s call was overshadowed momentarily as a foul ball whizzed into the seats, but Bochy came out to argue after the runner from third base trotted home.
The call wouldn’t cost the Giants, though.
The 21-year-old Tyler Skaggs was erratic in the first inning. Andres Torres, Marco Scutaro and Buster Posey all singled consecutively to lead off the game, and Posey’s single knocked in the Giants’ first run. Hunter Pence walked to load the bases, and Joaquin Arias lined an RBI single into center field to make the score 2-0.
The Giants went 3-for-11 with runners in scoring position despite scoring six runs. After scoring two runs, Skaggs retired three straight batters to end the bases-loaded threat in the first inning.
Juan Perez knocked in a run in the third inning, marking his first major league hit and RBI. Perez’s speed helped him chase down Paul Goldschimidt’s in the first inning. His shoulder endured a crash with the right center field wall, but he remained in the game.
Scutaro capped the scoring with a solo home run in the fourth.