Fifth Inning Slips Away From Giants In Loss to Arizona

September 5, 2013; San Francisco, CA, USA; San Francisco Giants manager Bruce Bochy (15, left) receives the baseball from starting pitcher Ryan Vogelsong (32, center) in a pitching change as catcher Hector Sanchez (29, right) looks on against the Arizona Diamondbacks during the fifth inning at AT

After letting the fifth inning slip away, the Giants eventually fell to the Diamondbacks, 6-4 on Thursday night.

Ryan Vogelsong cruised through four clean innings, plus two outs in the fifth. Things unraveled from there. On five two-out hits, the Diamondbacks scored four runs. Adam Eaton’s two-out double started the charge. Willie Bloomquist walked, and both Eaton and Bloomquist advanced on Vogelsong’s wild pitch.

Three ensuing hits all plated runs. Paul Goldschmidt doubled to tie the game, Martin Prado also doubled and Aaron Hill singled to score Prado. Vogelsong endured it all before being replaced with Jake Dunning after allowing a fourth straight hit.

Before the Diamondbacks exploded, the Giants scored two in the fourth, highlighted by Pablo Sandoval’s very, very long triple. Hunter Pence scored on Sandoval’s hit that likely would’ve been a homer anywhere else. Hector Sanchez plated Sandoval with a debatable sacrifice fly that prompted Diamondbacks manager Kirk Gibson to bounce out of the dugout.

And for good reason. Gerardo Parra’s strong throw, upon further review, was enough to get Sandoval running from third. Miguel Montero leaped to catch the feed, but Sandoval’s feet missed home plate as a he collided with Montero’s shoulder. At the time, that was tag number one. Tag number two came after the home plate umpire ruled Sandoval safe. However, as the Giants third baseman went back to touch home plate, he was again tagged out by Montero.

Gibson was tossed moments later. But the Giants couldn’t take advantage of the missed call, as Vogelsong couldn’t get the sacrifice bunt down with runners on first and second, one out.

Parra made another strong throw on Brandon Belt’s hit off the wall in the fifth.

San Francisco’s bullpen pitched four innings of two-hit ball. Heath Hembree made his second major league appearance, posting 1.1 scoreless innings.

Topics: Arizona Diamondbacks, San Francisco Giants

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