Fielding and bullpen mistakes cost Diamondbacks two of three games in final homestand


James Mackey

The Arizona Diamondbacks closed out their 2022 home games with a 3 game series loss to the San Francisco Giants.

James Mackey, Reporter

The Arizona Diamondbacks bid a fond adieu to Chase Field for the brief remainder of the season following this weekend’s three-game set against the San Francisco Giants.

Friday Night Fight

Friday night, Arizona battled back from a three-run deficit.

Following a high scoring 4th inning, in which both teams traded slugs, the game was tied 5-5 going into the final inning.

An indecisive throw by D-backs third baseman Sergio Alcantara after an Evan Longoria single in the 9th,  allowed Mike Yastrzemski to advanced to third on the error.

He was subsequently knocked in for the game-winning run by Giants third baseman J.D. Davis on a double to left field.

Saturday Holds a Different Story

After giving up a run on a single to left by Jason Vosler in the top of the 4th inning, the Diamondbacks youth cut their teeth.

Christian Walker opened the scoring with an RBI single to left field that scored 2017 first round pick Pavin Smith from third.

Arizona outfielder Alek Thomas followed suit with a fielder’s choice ground ball to first baseman Wilmer Flores, who threw the ball to catcher Joey Bart.  Bart missed the tag on Daulton Varsho  to give the Diamondbacks a 2-1 lead.

The bases remained loaded with Serpientes — no outs.

Walker scored on a sacrifice fly ball by Carson Kelly, and Geraldo Perdomo wrapped up the scoring with a two-run, bases clearing single.

“We built the inning with a quality approach… We just created some traffic, and one thing lead to another, we batted around in that five-run fifth and I think that was a product of really patient approaches,” manager Torey Lovullo said on following the game.

Merrill Kelly dealt 93 pitches across seven innings, with 6 strikeouts, 2 runs, both earned, only one walk, and recorded the win, boosting his record to 13-7 on the season.

Sunday Funday?

Riding high on Saturday’s full-team effort, the Diamondbacks opened the scoring on Sunday in the latter half of the 5th, with a Smith single to right scoring Alcantara.

Rookie pitcher Drey Jameson had a game to remember with 5 1/3 shutout innings with 3 BB.

The Giants responded late in the 8th, and took a 2-1 lead into the last frame.

The Diamondbacks did not go quietly in the ensuing half of the 9th.

Walker led off the inning with a double to Yastrzemski on a 2-2 count.

Josh Rojas grounded out to Brandon Crawford, advancing Walker to third. Alcantara reached base to put two runners on, with only one out.

In Smith’s second game back from a rehab assignment, he sacrifice flied to right, scoring Walker, and bringing up Corbin Carroll with one out remaining.

Despite running the count full, and Alcantara stealing second base, Carroll struck out and ended the action at Chase Field for the 2022 season.

With eight games remaining, the Diamondbacks head to Houston for a two-game set, then to San Francisco for three games with the Giants.

Arizona is scheduled to close out the season with a three-game battle with the Milwaukee Brewers.