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A closer look: Cahill, D-backs defeat Giants to win series

Sure, you could read the box score and know who won, but we all know that won’t tell you everything that happened in a baseball game. So, we will give you a closer look, providing you with the analysis, quotes and notes from the D-backs’ September 5 win against the Giants. Final score: Diamondbacks 6, Giants 2.

The Good:

Trevor Cahill (10-11) tossed a gem for the D-backs in their series-finale win over the Giants. The right-hander took a no-hitter into the 7th inning Wednesday night before Marco Scutaro stroked a single to end the bid.

Cahill pitched 6 1/3 innings and allowed just two runs on two hits with five strikeouts and two walks. He earned his 50th career victory.

The D-backs offense also impressed in support of Cahill’s impressive performance. Third baseman Chris Johnson doubled, tripled and had two RBIs on the night. Aaron Hill, Miguel Montero and Paul Goldschmidt also drove in runs for the D-backs.

The Bad:

After Cahill lost his no-hit bid in the 7th inning, he allowed another single and walked the bases loaded before manager Kirk Gibson made the call to the bullpen.

Noted:

The D-backs and Giants benches cleared after San Francisco third baseman Pablo Sandoval and Arizona shortstop John McDonald got heated after a tag play in the eighth inning at third base.

Adam Eaton, who made his debut with the big club Tuesday night, had two hits for the second consecutive night. He also made two spectacular catches in the field on balls hit by Xavier Nady and Angel Pagan.

He Said It:

“Usually pitchers joke, when you feel bad in the bullpen you feel good in the game,” Trevor Cahill said. “I felt good early on and I just tried to throw strikes, and the defense was good behind me so I tried to let them put it in play.”

Up Next:

The D-backs have the day off on Thursday before opening a three-game series against the San Diego Padres this weekend. Rookie left-hander Tyler Skaggs (1-0, 2.70) will get the call for the D-backs on Friday. He will be opposed by right-hander Andrew Cashner (3-3, 3.44) for San Diego.

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