Miller, D-Backs lose at home in series opener vs the Giants
PHOENIX, Ariz. – The Arizona Diamondbacks’ struggles at home this season are well documented, with the club going 13-28 heading into the series opener vs the San Francisco Giants on Friday night. You mix that with a start by Shelby Miller, who brings with him a 6.79 ERA along with a 2-7 record, and most D-backs fans were ready for a disappointing night. They wouldn’t be wrong.
The D-backs jumped out to an early lead on Johnny Cueto by way of a pair of doubles and a sac bunt in the bottom of the first, followed by Beef Mode Conversion #9 for 2016 as Welington Castillo blasted a two run home run to increase the lead to three.
After a Conor Gillaspie triple that scored Brandon Crawford in the top of the second for the Giants’ first run, Arizona added on with a solo shot home run by Jake Lamb, his 18th of the season. Lamb has really come into his own as an offensive threat this season, and it continues to show.
The Giants proceeded to jump all over Miller in the fourth inning with two outs, scoring two runs and making this a one run game.
Cueto really settled down and became the “Monster Matanza” after the home run by Lamb. He struck out the side in the fourth and pitched four scoreless innings after that, giving the Giants the opportunity to get back in the game. Which they did in the sixth inning with yet another two out rally when Trevor Brown doubled and scored two, putting the Giants up 5-4.
They added one more in sixth inning with a solo shot home run by Jarrett Parker. Cueto picks up the win as San Francisco wins this one by a score of 6-4.
Miller had some trouble with location during certain at bats with two outs, but after the game he felt like he threw some good pitches that were hit well.
“I feel like we did a good job making some pitches, and they got some hits. I don’t feel like I pitched that bad at all, but the numbers are what they are.”
Hale gave his thoughts on Miller’s night. “A couple of times he would get the second out without the guys scoring, and then the third out was elusive.”
In regards to Miller coming off the DL: “I think his arm is sound. You know, he’s just got to limit the damage. Location of his pitches and he gets a little cutter happy at times. His stuff is pretty good, but obviously if we’re not winning the games that’s not great.”
An overall frustrating night for the team and the fans. The Diamondbacks look to end their current six game losing skid tomorrow with Patrick Corbin on the mound in Game 2.