D-backs pounce early to back Webster
SAN FRANCISCO -- The Arizona Diamondbacks again muted the San Francisco Giants' offense, limiting the reigning World Series champions to four hits Saturday in a 4-2 victory.
Right-hander Allen Webster, making his D-backs debut, no-hit San Francisco until Joe Panik doubled with one out in the sixth inning. The Giants scored twice off Webster, who lasted 5 2/3 innings, but it wasn't enough as San Francisco's home losing streak grew to seven games.
"He had great movement on the sinker today," D-backs pitching coach Mike Harkey said of Webster. "He mixed in a good changeup, pitched inside well to the lefties, did some good things."
Arizona took immediate control against Giants starter Ryan Vogelsong, who yielded four runs and six hits in 3 2/3 innings. Vogelsong said he never felt comfortable, particularly when pitching from the stretch position.
"I tried to make adjustments and I couldn't put it together," he said.
MOMENTS THAT MATTERED
Early runs: After the first two hitters of the game made outs on six pitches, the D-backs went to work on Vogelsong. The D-backs worked the count, drawing four walks (including two with the bases loaded) and collecting two hits as part of a three-run inning that gave Webster a lead to work with. By the end of the inning, Vogelsong's pitch count was 39.
"That's our scouting report, that he does try to attack the corners, and he just wasn't himself early," D-backs manager Chip Hale said. "He wasn't able to get the ball on those corners, so guys did a nice job of letting him throw pitches and getting on base."
Right down Broadway: After spending 11 years toiling in the Minors for four organizations, Giants right-hander Mike Broadway finally made his big league debut, pitching a scoreless seventh inning for the Giants. Broadway struck out the first batter he faced, Jake Lamb, on three pitches. More >
Webster finds groove: Webster appeared to have some jitters in the first inning as he allowed a pair of walks. But after a mound visit by Harkey, Webster got Brandon Belt to fly out, which started a streak of 14 straight batters retired.
"Just told him to use his sinker more in the middle of the plate, because starting it on the black, it's never a strike, so hitters won't swing at it, you won't get many swings that way," Harkey said. "He made a good adjustment." More >
Brief shining moment: Buster Posey concluded the Giants' scoring with a sixth-inning, two-out RBI double, the kind of hit they've lacked during their skid. Posey's hitting .353 (12-for-34) with seven RBIs during an eight-game hitting streak. More >
D-backs: Rubby De La Rosa will get the start for the D-backs in Sunday's series finale against the Giants. De La Rosa is coming off a rough outing against the Dodgers in which he allowed a pair of three-run homers.
Giants: Manager Bruce Bochy said Posey and center fielder Angel Pagan will be rested in Sunday's 1:05 p.m. PT series finale, though both are likely to pinch-hit if necessary. Third baseman Casey McGehee, who delivered a pinch-hit single Saturday, is a leading candidate to get a spot start.
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