Defensive Gem, Pagan’s Return Lead Giants Past D-Backs

PHOENIX, AZ – AUGUST 30: Outfielder Angel Pagan #16 of the San Francisco Giants is congratulated at home plate by teammate catcher Buster Posey #28 after scoring in the first inning against the Arizona Diamondbacks at Chase Field on August 30, 2013 in Phoenix, Arizona. (Photo by Jennifer Stewart/Getty Images)

The San Francisco Giants’ offense has been terrible lately, and it didn’t light up the scoreboard on Friday.

However, it showed that it could be lethal in September, and that’s just because of one player.

Angel Pagan doubled, walked and scored the Giants’ only run in a 1-0 win over the Arizona Diamondbacks. Tim Lincecum pitched a solid game, throwing six shutout innings and yielding six hits. Sergio Romo earned the save (his 33rd of the year).

Marco Scutaro and Pablo Sandoval made great defensive plays, with Sandoval’s saving three runs. A.J. Pollock crushed a ball down the third-base line with the bases loaded in the sixth inning, but the diving Sandoval snared it on a dive. He made a great throw to end the inning, crushing the D-Backs.

Randall Delgado twirled a seven-inning gem, but the double he gave up to Pagan and the sacrifice fly he allowed to Belt came back to haunt him. As a result, the D-backs failed to gain ground in the NL Wild Card standings.

The Giants have now won four of their last six games, and they are now 60-74. They aren’t going to make the playoffs, but they are going to have to win to lure free agents in and to boost their confidence for 2014. The Giants haven’t gotten much luck this year, but they came across some in tonight’s win.

Topics: Angel Pagan, Arizona Diamondbacks, Randall Delgado, San Francisco Giants, Tim Lincecum

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