With the Arizona Diamondbacks clinching a Wild Card spot Sunday and celebrating for hours after, manager Torey Lovullo gave most of his regulars the night off on Monday, and the visiting San Francisco Giants took advantage, beating their hosts 9-2.
Arizona’s lineup was comprised mostly of bench players and players called up from Triple-A to round out September’s expanded rosters. Second baseman Brandon Drury was the lone regular.
San Francisco exposed the ragtag Arizona lineup, scoring five runs in the top of the fourth and capitalizing on four errors over the course of the night.
Though Arizona did largely play a “hangover lineup,” the Giants did score six runs (five earned) off of starting pitcher Zack Godley, who has been a formidable mid-rotation piece for the playoff-bound DBacks.
Jarrett Parker’s RBI double cut the Arizona lead to 2-1 in the top of the fourth and Nick Hundley followed with a three-run homer to put the Giants ahead. Hunter Pence added a solo shot later in the inning to make it a 5-2 game.
Godley was lifted in the fifth inning after a run came home courtesy of two errors.
Giants starter Johnny Cueto encountered some early troubles but settled in nicely, allowing two runs over six innings while striking out eight.
Drury’s RBI double put Arizona ahead in the first and his RBI single made it 2-0 in the third, but Cueto allowed just two hits after that.
Derek Law, Cory Gearrin and Albert Suarez each pitched scoreless innings in relief for San Francisco.
The Giants were held scoreless over two innings by Arizona’s top prospect, Anthony Banda, who may become a mainstay in the Diamondbacks rotation in the coming years.
San Francisco’s three insurance runs came off Jake Barrett in the eighth thanks to Arizona’s third and fourth errors.