The opening game of a three-game series between the San Francisco Giants and the Arizona Diamondbacks was the kind of game that baseball purists love. It was a contest between two clubs who have been playing better baseball as of late.

The San Francisco Giants are battling for a play-off spot putting pressure on the struggling San Diego Padres. The Arizona Diamondbacks are battling to find a team identity and show team officials that interim manager Kirk Gibson deserves a permanent spot in the dugout.

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