After a nightmare series against the Los Angeles Dodgers I was really grateful to see the Diamondbacks leave southern California and go north to San Francisco. Before the season began the San Francisco Giants were picked by most to finish last in the National League Western Division. They have done much better than most people had expected and are actually ahead of the San Diego Padres by 7.5 games. If there were ever a time to be grateful to face a team with a losing record, this would be it. If the Diamondbacks could somehow sweep the Giants it would go a long way towards erasing the pain from Los Angeles.
Game one of the series definitely did not favor the Diamondbacks. They would be facing Tim Lincecum who many were now classifying as the Cy Young front runner after Brandon Webb’s recent struggles. Arizona countered by sending Yusmeiro Petit who had been doing fairly well for the snakes. Through the first two innings the Diamondbacks looked like they would hold the Giants in check. It had all the makings of a great pitcher’s duel. Things of course changed for the worse in the third inning when Petit allowed 5 runs being lifted from the game with 2 outs in the bottom of the third. San Francisco would add an additional run in the seventh inning giving them a 6-0 lead. Arizona would finally get to Lincecum in the ninth inning scoring 2 runs but the Giants bullpen came in and slammed the door to hand the Diamondbacks their fourth straight loss.
One of the things that everyone kept saying is that the Diamondbacks would never succumb to a long losing streak due to the strength of their pitching staff. With co-aces Brandon Webb and Dan Haren followed by future hall of famer Randy Johnson meant that it would be extremely improbable that the team would go on an extended losing streak. What we are now seeing though is that the starting pitching is beginning to show signs of tiring and the bullpen is incapable of holding the other team from scoring. Couple this with an inconsistent offense that can’t seem to get timely hits and it is a recipe for disaster. The question is, when will it stop? Someone is going to have to step up and do something out of the ordinary to remind these players that they have the talent necessary to win not just the game but this division. It needs to happen soon though or it will be too late.