The Arizona Diamondbacks have lost three games in a row now, following a 3-1 defeat to the San Francisco Giants on Friday night.
Entering Friday night, in 19 career at-bats with a 3-0 count, Joe Panik had drawn 19 walks. He changed that real quick as he smacked a 410-foot home run down the right field line to push the Giants ahead 3-1 in the top of the 6th. It was the second consecutive game with a home run for Panik.
The 3-1 lead would stand until the conclusion of the game, as the Giants won their second straight games against the Diamondbacks.
The Diamondbacks had taken the lead in the bottom of the 5th inning when Shelby Miller started off the rally with a triple before being knocked in by Jean Segura. It was the only run that Giants starting pitcher Jeff Samardizija (5-2) would surrender on the night, as he went eight solid innings to lower his ERA to 2.88 on the season.
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Miller (1-4) went 5.2 innings on Friday, giving up three runs and seven hits, while only striking out two Giants hitters. His ERA now stands at an eye-opening 6.98. Miller got five different Giants hitters (Brandon Crawford, Denard Span, Matt Duffy, Buster Posey, and Hunter Pence) to bounce into five double-plays, however the Panik home run was too much for the Diamondbacks offense to overcome.
Paul Goldschmidt continued his rough start to the season as he went 0-for-4 to drop his slash line to .225/.396/.442. Chris Owings had a nice game though as he went 3-for-3 from the dish and upped his batting average to .287.
The Diamondbacks have not enjoyed their friendly confines thus far in 2016 as they dropped to 5-14 at Chase Field with the loss. In fact, in the past 27 games between these two National League West rivals the road team boasts a 22-5 record.
Angel Pagan returned to the starting lineup for the first time since May 1 and went 1-for-2 with a walk and a run scored. His .319 batting average out of the 9-hole in the Giants lineup will go a long way toward providing the Giants success this season.
Game three of the series will begin at 5:10 P.T. on Saturday from Chase Field. Jake Peavy (1-4, 8.47) will take the mound for the Giants and he will oppose Patrick Corbin (1-3, 4.12) for the Diamondbacks. You can tune into the game on Fox Sports Arizona.