San Francisco Giants at Arizona Diamondbacks
When and Where: Thursday, Aug. 15, Chase Field, Phoenix, Ariz., 9:40 p.m. EDT.
The San Francisco Giants are counting on Dereck Rodriguez in a big spot as the left-hander will open their four-game series against the Arizona Diamondbacks on Thursday night in a clash of NL wild-card hopefuls.
Giants trying to stay in thick of NL wild-card chase
San Francisco (60-61) wrapped up a nine-game homestand 4-5 after splitting two games with Bay Area rival Oakland and losing 9-5 on Wednesday. Mike Yastrzemski hit a three-run homer for the Giants, who failed to recover from an early four-run deficit as their five-run, eighth-inning rally fell short.
The decision to recall Rodriguez (4-6, 5.32 ERA) from Triple-A Sacramento is an interesting one given Jeff Samardzija, who was pushed back to Friday, is 5-0 with a 2.56 ERA in his last six road starts.
Dereck Rodriguez will start tomorrow. Bochy didn’t want to get into whether Beede will remain in the rotation but confidence remains an issue. “We’re just trying to get him over the hump here. … We believe in the stuff.”
— Andrew Baggarly (@extrabaggs) August 14, 2019
The right-hander was sharp in his only outing for the River Cats on Aug. 7, yielding two runs in seven innings and striking out six without a walk in a 4-2 victory.
Rodriguez was demoted after a disastrous outing in his last start for the Giants, getting tagged for seven runs — four earned — and eight hits over three-plus innings of a 10-2 setback at Philadelphia on Aug. 1.
Rodriguez has made four relief appearances against the Diamondbacks this year, giving up four runs in four innings. Three of them came in the most recent outing June 30 when he retired only two batters and permitted four hits.
The righty split two starts against Arizona as a rookie last year, yielding three runs in 11 1-3 innings.
D-Backs rookie Young seeks second win over Giants
Alex Young (4-2, 3.32) began his major league career by beating the Giants on June 27, conceding a solo homer to Brandon Belt and two other hits over five innings of a 5-1 road win.
With the D-backs bullpen used often last series, a deep Alex Young outing would benefit the team for the entire four-game Giants series.https://t.co/B4bChLg5uf
— 98.7 Arizona Sports (@AZSports) August 15, 2019
The left-hander, though, has struggled to gain traction in losing back-to-back starts to Washington and Los Angeles. The Dodgers chased Young after 3 1-3 innings Saturday, giving up four runs and five hits as the NL West leaders rolled to a 4-0 victory.
“Just missing, nibbling,” Diamondbacks manager Torey Lovullo told the club’s official website about his rookie. “You know those quick, easy outs weren’t there for him today. The Dodgers are a team that grind it out and make you get the ball on the plate, so you’ve got to give them some credit. I think Alex was just a click off, just a little bit off the edges.”
Young did not get any offensive backing in those losses and is 1-1 with a 3.38 ERA in three starts at home. The southpaw has limited opponents to a .113 batting average in 16 innings in those games, issuing more walks (8) than hits allowed (6).
Arizona (61-60) was denied a three-game sweep of Colorado at Coors Field on Wednesday, squandering a three-run lead in the seventh and a 6-5 lead in the ninth when Nolan Arenado belted a two-run walkoff homer.
Eduardo Escobar, who hit a two-run homer, is 18 for 55 with two homers and 11 RBIs in 13 games versus the Giants this year.
The Giants are:
- 1-6 in Rodriguez’s last seven starts during game 1 of a series.
- 7-19 in their last 26 games vs. starters with a sub-1.15 WHIP.
- 2-10 in their last 12 games vs. above-.500 teams.
The Diamondbacks are:
- 4-1 in their last five home games.
- 4-1 in their last five home games vs. teams with an above-.500 road record.
- 7-3 in their last 10 games following a loss.