9:40 PM ET, August 30, 2013
Chase Field, Phoenix, Arizona
San Francisco: Lincecum (7-13, 4.55 ERA)
Arizona: Delgado (4-4, 3.87 ERA)
The Arizona Diamondbacks were close to a series sweep but failed due to situational hitting.
The D-backs will try to bounce back versus Tim Lincecum and the San Francisco Giants, who they’ve hammered over the last three seasons in tonight’s opener at Chase Field.
After plating 16 runs in taking the first two games versus the San Diego Padres, the Diamondbacks (68-64) suffered a 5-1 defeat Wednesday. Arizona was 1 for 8 with runners in scoring position, leaving 10 men on base.
The D-backs are 10 for 47 (.213) with runners in scoring position over their last four contests compared to a .251 mark on the season. Willie Bloomquist — in his first game since being placed on the disabled list June 27 due to a hand contusion — was one of the lone bright spots Wednesday, collecting three hits and driving in the team’s lone run.
Kirk Gibson’s team will hope for better fortunes versus Lincecum (7-13, 4.55 ERA), which has been easy lately.
The 29 year-old pitcher is 0-6 with a 5.83 ERA in eight starts versus Arizona since 2011 after going 7-2 with a 2.61 ERA in his first 14 games in the series. The right-hander was knocked around for five runs and 10 hits in five innings of the Giants’ 9-6 comeback victory at Arizona on May 1.
Paul Goldschmidt has done a great job in his matchups versus Lincecum, hitting five home runs while going 9 for 17 for a .529 average — the highest of any player with at least 15 at-bats versus the Washington native. Goldschmidt, the NL’s leader in RBIs with 104, received an off-day Wednesday after starting in Arizona’s previous 47 games.
Lincecum gave up three runs, three hits and four walks with eight strikeouts in 5 1/3 innings in a 6-3 victory versus the Pittsburgh Pirates on Saturday. YouWager experts have noted that the star pitcher has been unable to throw more than six innings in 14 of 26 outings in 2013.
San Francisco (59-74) also comes off a poor offensive showing in a 5-4 defeat versus the Colorado Rockies on Wednesday as they were no-hit by Jhoulys Chacin for 6 2/3 innings. They Giants will try to make it against starter Randall Delgado (4-4, 3.87) with Hunter Pence, Pablo Sandoval, Brandon Belt, Buster Posey and Marco Scutaro going a combined 3 for 20.
Delgado is 1-0 with a 0.77 ERA over two career starts against the Giants, including 5 2/3 scoreless innings in a 3-1 road win on July 21. Even so, the Panama native 1-1 with a 5.70 ERA in five starts since his first career complete game on July 26 versus the Padres.