A Giant Pain

Looking at the schedule I am sure the Diamondbacks had hoped that a three game series against the San Francisco Giants would be an opportunity to pencil in three victories and hopefully allow them to increase their lead in the National League Western Division standings. After the first game on Monday it looked like that hope may just be realized. The Diamondbacks took the first game 5-3 on a strong pitching performance by the bullpen after Livan Hernandez struggled early. Struggle in this case is a relative term since Livan gave up only 3 runs in 6 innings. The problem was that the Diamondbacks were facing Giant uber-phenom Todd Lincecum who has been trouble for Arizona this season. All of that was mute though with pinch hitter Jeff Salazar launched a Brian Hennessey pitch into the stands for a 3 run home run and the victory. This was a great start to the series and a definite momentum builder. That momentum somewhat faded in game 2 of the series when the Diamondbacks bats went silent in a 1-2 loss on a sacrifice fly by Giant Pedro Feliz in the eighth inning. It’s funny how a series will ebb and flow like the tides of the ocean. Just when you think things are going your way and the waves of momentum are swinging your direction they come crashing down being carried out to sea. This made today’s game extremely important and fortunately for the Diamondbacks they had their Giant killer on the mound.

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