The San Francisco Giants and Arizona Diamondbacks will begin a three-game series when they square off at Oracle Park in San Francisco on Friday night. Arizona has lost five in a row. The Giants are coming off a set with Atlanta in which they went 1-3.
Good start a thing of the past
The Diamondbacks were cruising along while fighting for first place in the National League West in early May, but they head into a three-game road series against the Giants on Friday trying to get back over the .500 mark. Arizona has dropped five straight following Wednesday’s 5-2 setback at San Diego and it is 5-12 since May 5.
“We got off to a good start to the season,” shortstop Nick Ahmed reflected. “That allows you to handle a stretch like this and still have a good season. We’re going to bounce back.”
Left-hander Robbie Ray (3-1, 3.25 ERA) is taking the mound for Arizona on Friday. Ray is unbeaten in his last eight trips to the mound but posted only three wins during this stretch while completing 6.0 innings just twice. The 27-year-old allowed two runs on three hits and four walks over 4.0 innings last week against the Giants and has issued 29 free passes in 52.2 innings overall. San Francisco’s Evan Longoria is 6-for-9 with three doubles and a homer against Ray, who compiled a 3.94 ERA in three outings against San Francisco last year.
The Giants just lost three of four against Atlanta at home, capped off by a 5-4 setback in 13 innings on Thursday that made them 10-15 at Oracle Park but still 13-5 in one-run games. They won two of three such thrillers at Arizona last week. Joe Panik went 4-for-9 with two RBIs and two walks in the last two contests, while teammate Tyler Austin homered for the second straight day in the 13-inning loss.
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Drew Pomeranz (1-4, 5.66 ERA) will oppose Pomeranz on Friday. The left-hander surrendered two runs on two hits and five walks over 4.2 innings of a no-decision at Arizona last Sunday in his first start since returning from a lat strain. He has completed more than 5.0 innings in just one of his eight starts and has served up eight homers in 35.0 innings overall.
The Arizona Diamondbacks are:
- 6-0 in their last six games following an off day
- 7-2 in their last nine series openers
- 4-1 in Ray’s last five starts
The San Francisco Giants are:
- 2-5 in their last seven games against left-handed starters
- 3-8 in their last 11 home games against left-handed starters
- 0-4 in their last four series openers