Arizona Diamondbacks' Playoff Chances Still Have a Pulse After Win Over San Francisco Giants
Although it would probably require winning all of their final eight games, and some additional magic around the National League, the Arizona Diamondbacks are still somewhat alive in the playoff hunt.
The Diamondbacks beat the San Francisco Giants last night in the first of a three-game series in the Bay Area, and they won with authority.
Starting pitcher Josh Collmenter -- who has a bitchin' mustache right now, if you haven't seen it -- gave up just two hits and one run over five innings.
Giants starter Tim Lincecum, who has multiple Cy Young awards sitting at home, continued his awful streak this year -- he gave up seven earned runs in just four innings.
The D-backs started things off early, with Paul Goldschmidt hitting in one run on a sacrifice fly, and Aaron Hill then scoring on a wild pitch by Lincecum.
Goldschmidt would help solidify that lead in the third inning, with a three-run homer to left field.
Buster Posey was able to hit in the one run off Collmenter in the fourth inning, but Goldschmidt responded in the fifth by hitting in his fifth run -- a sacrifice fly that scored a man Lincecum had left on base before he was pulled.
The Diamondbacks actually scored their seventh run on another wild pitch, that one off reliever Dan Runzler.
The Giants added just one more run -- off a double by Ryan Theriot -- which came in the bottom of the eighth innings.
After the 7-2 victory, the D-backs' playoff chances are officially at .4 percent. (Point four percent.) Still, there's a reason you play the games.
Lefty Wade Miley takes the mound tonight against Matt Cain in game two.
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