MLB Arizona Diamondbacks vs San Francisco Giants Game 3

The story of the day today in San Francisco is all about Trevor Cahill and Rookie sensation Adam Eaton of the Diamondbacks. Trevor had a NO No going into the 6th inning that was threatened when Adam Eaton flashed some leather and speed to go back on a ball hit deep by Xavier Nadyand make a SportsCenter Top 5 Web Gem diving catch on the most difficult type of catch to make.

Adam Eaton diving NONO saving catch

Adam Eaton 3rd out diving catch to save Cahill NO NO in 6th

Adam Eaton did it all in this game for the Dbacks. He started the game for them with a much needed spark when he took the first pitch of the game up the middle for a base hit . Aaron Hill would be out on  a ground ball to SS Brandon Crawford, with Eaton’s speed Crawford had no chance of the double play. Justin Upton would then Walk and Paul Goldschmidt would line out to Crawford. Miguel Montero would reward Eaton’s hustle with a RBI base hit to center field, Eaton would score and the inning would end 1-0 Dbacks on a strike out by Chris Johnson. Eaton would come up again in the 3rd and would hit a soft grounder to the Pitcher Bumgarner and nearly gets a hit out of it with his wheels. This at bat for Eaton would change the way the Giants would play defensively on him the rest of the game. The Giants would basically play Eaton as if he were bunting because they know he will beat out a hit to the infield with his speed, i have never seen a team do this on a guy who wasn’t obviously bunting. Chris Johnson would triple on a ball smashed to center field and 2 batters later John McDonald would score him on a sac fly. In the 6th inning Eaton would prove his worth defensively for the Dbacks tracking a ball by Xavier Nady fly out and would save the No hitter that Cahill had going by the diving catch shown in the picture above. In the 7th inning Adam Eaton would strike again when he hit a infield single to SS Brandon Crawford Who was playing in a little but still couldn’t get Eatonout at 1st.

Adam Eaton Slides into home scoring from 1st MLB run #3

Aaron Hill is going to love having the Speedy Eaton hitting in front of him because after Eaton’s single Hill would hit a double to left field and Eaton would show all of MLB just how fast he is scoring from 1st and Hill would advance to 3rd on a throwing error by Brandon Crawford. Paul Goldschmidt would collect a RBI single as Hill Scores from 3rd and the Dbacks would lead 4-0. After a pitching change Chris Johnson would double and score Goldschmidt and Montero making it a 6-0 ballgame after 7 innings. Brandon Belt would belt a single into right field that would score Marco Scutaro and Buster Posey which would be the only productive offense this game for San Francisco. In the 8th things would get interesting as John McDonald would single followed by a Ryan Wheeler single. Adam Eaton would come up to the plate and with the infield playing “Bunt Defense” because of Eaton’s speed he hits a high chopper to first baseman Brandon Belt, Belt knowing he isn’t going to double up the Scorching Eaton decides to try and throw out the lead runner at 3rd base, Pablo Sandoval would be in the base path and McDonald stumbled when he got caught between a head first dive and a foot first slide and ran into Sandoval.

Pablo Sandoval rushes McDonald for sliding into him, benches clear

Pablo Sandoval thought McDonald went in high with elbows intentionally and and charged McDonald in the 3rd base coach box area. This reaction ended up clearing both benches into a 2 minute scuffle on the field. No punches were thrown just some chest bumping and some colorful language was used and the players return to the dugouts. Meanwhile Eaton is on 1st and Ryan Wheeler is on 2nd with 1 out, Aaron Hill and Justin Upton would both fly out to end the inning. The game would end 6-2 without any more offense from either side. The Giants were 4 for 28 on the night and left 3 men on base. Marco Scutaro would go 2 for 4 while Brandon Belt was 1 for 4 with 2 RBI’s. For the Dbacks Adam Eaton was 2 for 5 with 2 runs scored making him 4 for 11 with 3 runs scored in his first 2 Major League games batting .364. four players would collect 2 hits a piece (Goldschmidt, Montero, Johnson, and McDonald) and the Dbacks collectively go 13 for 41 on the night.

Trevor Cahill

Trevor Cahill would improve to 10-11 on the year and go 6 1/3 innings allowing 2 runs on 2 hits. Madison Bumgarner  gets the loss for the Giants and drops to 14-10 on the season.

Side Note: The Giants loose the series 2-1  and the LA Dodgers loose as well so the 4 1/2 game lead remains as the Diamondbacks look to climb back into the wild card race with a few more wins and some help. The Diamondbacks have the day off today and face the Padres in their next Series.

Author: Nick Crawford SR

Nick Crawford – Arizona Diamondbacks beat writer for BHP Baseball
Nick Crawford joined BHP Baseball in the 2012 baseball season as the websites beat writer for the Arizona Diamondbacks. I am a baseball and softball player that plays over 200 games a year traveling all over to play in tournaments on the weekends. I have coached baseball for over 10 years at various levels including my son’s team. My passion for this game we all love is unmatched. I am a huge Florida sports fan across the board Marlins Dolphins Heat are my favorite teams. I am also a huge Arizona Diamondbacks fan & since Nevada doesn’t have a pro team I follow the AAA Reno Aces, the Diamondbacks farm system. If you ever want to talk Diamondbacks, or Marlins you can find Nick on Twitter @DonkeyPuncher74.

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