Everything went right for the Arizona Diamondbacks on Friday in San Francisco.
The visiting team put on a clinic both on offense and defense against the defending-champion Giants.
Diamondbacks starter Josh Collmenter came in with an 0-2 record and a 6.52 ERA. In each of the first three innings at AT&T Park, he got the first two Giants batters out before allowing a single. However, Collmenter kept the home team scoreless in those frames, which ended up being a theme for the night.
The D-backs got on the scoreboard first with three runs in the third, and they went on to score at least once in five of the following six innings. They also reached home at least once on each of the four San Francisco pitchers to take the hill.
Giants batters, meanwhile, could hardly get on base after the third inning, and the team steadily saw the game turn into more and more of a laugher.
Collmenter finished with the first complete-game shutout in the majors — the second of his career — and the Diamondbacks reached season highs in runs and hits (18) in a 9-0 victory over the Giants. Arizona notched its second straight win over San Francisco — clinching at least a tie in the four-game series — and improved to 6-5, while dropping the Giants to 3-9.
Here’s a look at the Diamondbacks’ big shutout, by the numbers:
Shortstop Nick Ahmed was the only D-backs batter to not get in on the hitting action, as he went 0-for-5 in the game with two strikeouts, his batting average dipping to .161.
Two D-backs baserunners recorded their first steal of the year: infielder Chris Owings and center fielder A.J. Pollock. Pollock had 14 steals last year, while Owings had eight; both had their seasons cut short by injuries. The right-handed hitters were two of six D-backs batters to record more than one hit Friday. Pollock had a game-high four hits in five at-bats with one RBI, two runs scored and one walk, bolstering his average to .333. Owings came in hitting .103, but he improved to .152 after going 2-for-4 with one walk and two runs.
The red-hot Jake Lamb recorded a hit in his first two at-bats, including a triple to right-center in the third inning that drove in a game-high-tying two.
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The three-bagger was the second of his young career — and his first of the season. The 24-year-old left-handed hitter went 2-for-3 on the night with two walks. He’s now batting .440 with nine RBI on the season, and he’s reached base in all nine of the games in which he’s appeared.
Despite coming in with a 3-0 record and 1.77 ERA in his last three starts against the D-backs, Jake Peavy struggled mightily against the division foe. Peavy had a 1-2-3 first inning, but a rocky night after that point. The 33-year-old right-hander only lasted 3.2 innings, surrendering eight hits, four earned runs and one walk while striking out two. Peavy suffered his second loss of the season and saw his ERA balloon to 9.39. George Kontos, Ryan Vogelsong and Yusmeiro Petit all pitched more than one inning to finish out the game for the Giants, and all four hurlers allowed at least one earned run to the D-backs. Other than surrendering 18 hits, the Giants staff also walked six Arizona batters.
David Peralta came into the game hitting just .190, but he went 3-for-5 in the win, driving in two to reach five RBI on the season. He also recorded his first two doubles of the season, and he scored one run. The 27-year-old Venezuelan is now batting .269.
Even Collmenter got in on the offensive barrage, collecting his first three hits of the year, two of which drove in Owings; Collmenter was only credited with an RBI on one of the hits due to a Giants outfield error.
Josh Collmenter impressed at the plate tonight too.
— Arizona Diamondbacks (@Dbacks) April 18, 2015
The 29-year-old pitcher now has six RBI in his career. The performance marked his first-ever three-hit game, a total which was just one shy of his opponent’s. The fifth-year pro finished the game 3-for-5 at the plate with one run scored, and he’s now carrying a whopping .429 average.
With a season-high nine runs, the Diamondbacks notched their fifth game of five runs or more just 11 contests into this campaign. Their previous season high in scoring was an 8-4 win Monday in San Diego.
Paul Goldschmidt singled in the third inning to drive in the first run of the game, giving him a MLB-leading 13 RBI. The D-backs first baseman finished the game 1-for-4 with one walk, one run scored and one strikeout. His batting average is now .317.
Collmenter went through a stretch of 14 straight batters retired before Joe Panik recorded the Giants’ fourth hit of the game in the bottom of the ninth. The right-handed D-backs starter induced an equal number of groundouts and flyouts in his complete game. He only struck out two, but also walked just one batter while dropping his ERA to 3.38.
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The D-backs’ Opening Day starter came in with great luck at AT&T Park, as he was 2-0 with a 1.42 ERA in his prior six appearances — including two starts — at the venue.
AT&T Park was considerably more chilly than the Diamondbacks are accustomed to, as the temperature was about 52 degrees at the start of the game. The temp dropped below 50 by the time Collmenter retired the final batter of the night. The cold air seemed to stifle the ballpark’s host, but it couldn’t slow down the D-backs’ offense.