Jul 21, 2013; San Francisco, CA, USA; San Francisco Giants third baseman Pablo Sandoval (48) after being tagged out at the plate during the eighth inning in a game against the Arizona Diamondbacks at AT

Giants Can’t Finish Off Sweep of Diamondbacks


The Giants wasted Madison Bumgarner’s stellar effort and made a couple base running errors to spoil their chances of a sweep of the first-place Arizona Diamondbacks.

Bumgarner’s seven innings of one-run ball wasn’t enough to power the Giants, and at this point, performances like the one they received from Bumgarner on Sunday can’t be wasted.

Bumgarner’s only blemish came in a shaky first inning.

A.J. Pollock and Martin Prado, the first two batters to hit against Bumgarner, both hit him hard. Prado’s drive fell in for a hit, and he raced into third base for a triple.

Left fielder Kensuke Tanaka didn’t initially have a good jump on Prado’s deep fly ball, sliding onto the warning track to put a glove on it before it trickled away.

Paul Goldschmidt then scorched a sacrifice line drive right at Tanaka, putting the Diamondbacks up 1-0.

With the exception of Pablo Sandoval’s deep fly ball that was caught on the right center field warning tracked, Randall Delgado silenced the Giants offense through five innings.

He escaped some two-out thunder in the fourth inning by striking out Tanaka after Hunter Pence reached on a walk and Brandon Belt singled.

The young right-hander issued a walk to Buster Posey to lead off the sixth inning, which nearly came around to bite him. But a quick relay by Pollock and Cliff Pennington cut down Posey, who was trying to score from first on Sandoval’s double.

Delgado, despite falling behind 3-0 to Hunter Pence after Sandoval doubled, induced a ground ball out before being replaced with Eury De Le Rosa.

The Diamondbacks scored two runs in the eighth inning thanks to three batters reaching base off Sandy Rosario. Javier Lopez was brought in to face the Miguel Montero, who promptly flied out with the bases loaded. Bruce Bochy then brought in Jean Machi, who allowed a two-run single to Cody Ross.

San Francisco put two runners on with no outs in the ninth. Pence reached on an error by the pitcher Brad Ziegler, and Belt reached on an infield single. However, Tanaka was thrown out trying to take second base on the shortstop’s throwing error, erasing the Giants’ chances of coming back.

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