Updated May 2, 2013 - 6:39 am
Grit Index: D-backs done in by déjà vu in latest loss
To quote the great Yogi Berra, "It's like déjà vu all over again."
Monday it was Brad Ziegler. Tuesday it was JJ Putz. Wednesday, it was David Hernandez who couldn't get the job done in the Diamondbacks' 9-6 loss to the Giants.
The D-backs bullpen struggles continue.
Hernandez, on to protect a two-run lead in the eighth inning, walked two batters before he surrendered a three-run home run to Brandon Belt.
It was the D-backs' major-league leading 10th blown save and third one coughed up by Hernandez, spoiling what would've been Brandon McCarthy's first win of the season.
He exited with a 6-4 lead after six innings pitched.
The offense, which had a combined 11 hits in the first two games, exploded in the series finale for 15, their most since April 6.
Cliff Pennington had two of the hits, including a three-run home run in the second. He added a run scoring double in the sixth inning for his fourth RBI of the game, tying his career-high. The home run was his first of the season and the first since September 23.
The Diamondbacks, swept for the first time this season, dropped their first series finale of the season (8-1).
Matt Reynolds pitched a 1-2-3 7th inning, striking out Angel Pagan, Brandon Crawford and Pablo Sandoval to extend his scoreless streak to a career-high 17 games.
You mean aside from the bullpen, which allowed nine runs in the series after the seventh inning?
McCarthy tied a club-record with at least eight hits allowed in six straight starts (also Brandon Webb from June 29-July 26, 2005).
Miguel Montero was the lone position player not to get a hit. He went 0-for-3, dropping his average to .194.
Stat of the Game:
For the Giants, it was their 15th three-game sweep of the Diamondbacks, the first since May 10-12, 2011 at AT&T Park and the first sweep at Chase Field since a four-game series from July 22-25, 2010.
The Giants are 7-1 in their last eight games in Arizona.
• Belt is hitting .412 (7-for-17) with three home runs and nine RBI against the Diamondbacks versus .191 (13-for-68) with no home runs and two RBI against everyone else.
• Paul Goldschmidt has hit safely in all seven career games against Tim Lincecum, batting .529 (9-for-17) with five runs and 11 RBI, the most by an opponent.
He Said It:
"I threw the first two (pitches) exactly where I wanted to throw them. The third one was right where he wanted me to throw it," Hernandez said of facing Belt. "It's just been the story of the last week-and-a-half, two weeks for me. I just haven't been able to locate very many pitches."
Rest. The Diamondbacks have the day off Thursday. They have played 16 straight games since their last off day on April 15.
On Friday, the D-backs open a six-game road trip with the first of three games at the San Diego Padres. Wade Miley (2-0, 2.37) makes his sixth start of the season, looking to go 3-0 for the second straight season. He'll be opposed by right-hander Jason Marquis (2-2, 4.20).
Craig Grialou, Reporter
- Tim Kurkjian, ESPN MLB Insider - Thursday April 17Tim Kurkjian talks about the Diamondbacks' tough start to the season.
- Bickley Blast - Thursday April 17Bickley blasts Kevin Towers' philosophy and the need for an analytics GM.
- Derrick Hall, D-backs President and CEO - Thursday April 17Is it too early to make a change?
- Kevin Towers, D-backs GM - Wednesday April 16Can the D-backs weather the storm?
- Jay Franklin, Archie Bradley's agent - Tuesday April 15Archie Bradley's agent clarifies his comments he made while talking to Ken Rosenthal.
- Mike Bolsinger, D-backs pitcher - Tuesday April 15D-backs pitcher Mike Bolsinger talks about his MLB debut.
- Kirk Gibson, D-backs manager - Tuesday April 15D-backs manager Kirk Gibson talks about the team's pitching woes.