The San Francisco Giants and Arizona Diamondbacks will wrap up a three-game series when they collide at Oracle Park in San Francisco on Sunday afternoon.
The Diamondbacks have enjoyed their visit to Oracle Park so much that they may not want to leave after Sunday’s series finale. Arizona began the weekend on a five-game losing streak but has rediscovered its offense against the host San Francisco Giants, winning the first two games by a combined score of 28-6. One day after setting a season high in runs scored in Friday’s 18-2 rout, Arizona cruised to a 10-4 victory behind Ketel Marte’s second home run in as many games and a total of five hits and four RBIs from Adam Jones, Tim Locastro and Ildemaro Vargas. Kevin Cron, who had 21 home runs and 62 RBIs in 165 at-bats at Triple-A Reno before joining the Diamondbacks on Friday, started at first base and went 1-for-4 with two RBIs while hitting fifth in the order.
Right-hander Luke Weaver (3-3, 3.14 ERA) is taking the mound for Arizona on Sunday. Weaver was a hard-luck loser on Monday against San Diego after allowing two runs and striking out seven over six innings.
“He was unbelievable,” manager Torey Lovullo said. “He did everything he could to keep us in the game.”
Yaz to the rescue?
San Francisco has lost four in a row and continued its season-long search for a regular left fielder by promoting Michael Yastrzemski from Triple-A Sacramento prior to Saturday’s contest. Yastrzemski, the grandson of Hall of Famer Carl Yastrzemski, went 0-for-3 with two strikeouts and a run scored in place of Mac Williamson, who was designated for assignment after recording one hit in his last 27 at-bats.
Shaun Anderson (0-0, 3.60 ERA) will oppose Weaver on Sunday. The right-hander has pitched well in two starts since joining the Giants’ rotation on May 15, allowing a total of five runs (four earned) with eight strikeouts over 10.0 innings.
“He’s a bulldog out there,” catcher Aramis Garcia said the 24-year-old. “He’s not afraid. He’ll challenge everybody, and that’s what I love about him.”
The Arizona Diamondbacks are:
- 12-4 in their last 16 road games against teams with home winning percentages under .400
The San Francisco Giants are:
- 0-4 in their last four overall
- 0-4 in their last four home games
- 14-37 in their last 51 games against teams with winning records