The San Francisco Giants and the Arizona Diamondbacks will resume a three-game series Saturday afternoon from Oracle Park. The Diamondbacks will give the starting call to 26-year old right-hander Taylor Clarke, and the Giants will counter with 26-year old left-hander Andrew Suarez. The Giants won two of three in Arizona last week to take a 2-1 lead in the season series.
Taylor Clarke Makes 3rd Career MLB Appearance
Taylor Clarke has been recalled from the minors for his third appearance and second start of the season in this one. Clarke last pitched with the big club on May 7th in Tampa Bay and he was outstanding, limiting the Rays to only two runs in six innings in a game the D-Backs lost. He tossed three shutout innings against the Cubs in his only other MLB appearance this season. The rookie right-hander was struggling in Triple-A this season, posting a poor 7.22 ERA and a 1.57 WHIP in 33.2 innings of work.
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Eduardo Escobar has been the biggest threat in the D-Backs’ lineup recently, clubbing four home runs along with 13 RBI’s in his last nine games. The 30-year old third baseman is currently hitting .279 with a team-leading 11 home runs and 34 RBI’s on the season. Escobar is 2 for 14 with four RBI’s against the Giants’ pitching this season. The Diamondbacks continue to play without Jake Lamb and Wilmer Flores, and David Peralta has just landed on the 10-Day IL.
The Diamondbacks are scoring an average of 4.92 runs per game, good for 13th in the Major Leagues. The Arizona pitching staff holds a decent 4.15 team ERA, positioning them 13th overall. The Diamondbacks hold a 14-12 road record entering Friday.
Suarez Notches Quality Start in First Start of Season
Andrew Suarez will make his second start of the season, aiming for his first win. Suarez took on the Braves in his season debut earlier this week and he limited them to three runs in six innings in a 4-1 defeat. The second-year right-hander displayed some potential in his 2018 rookie season, posting a 4.49 ERA and a 1.30 WHIP in 160.1 innings of work. He had trouble against the Diamondbacks last year, squandering 13 runs paired with a 1-2 record in 16.1 innings. Nick Ahmed is 3 for 7 against Suarez, while Ketel Marte is 5 for 9, and David Peralta is 2 for 6.
Tyler Austin's second home run in two days was a no-doubter.
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Brandon Belt has fared well against the Diamondbacks the season, registering 6 hits in 14 at-bats with one RBI. The veteran first baseman hasn’t been able to hit with any consistency this season, and he enters this one with a .227 average paired with seven homers and 18 RBI’s. Belt has only driven in six runs on the month.
The Giants are only averaging 3.80 runs per game on the season, ranking them down at 26th in the big leagues. The San Francisco pitching staff owns a 4.39 team ERA, placing them 19th in the Majors. The Giants stand at 10-15 on their home field.
The Arizona Diamondbacks are:
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The San Francisco Giants are:
- 1-5 in Suarez’ last 6 starts.
- 1-4 in their last 5 Saturday games.
- 8-22 in their last 30 home games against a team with a winning road record.