Alex Wood Implodes, Allowing Five Runs in Sixth – D-Backs Error Bails Him Out, as Giants Bats Take a Brace from Arizona

The Giants were home after a very successful road trip and facing the worst team in baseball for a two-game set.

They came out banging and took a five run lead to support Alex Wood, who held Arizona scoreless for five innings. MadBum was at the yard with fans around for the first time since being traded and we gave him a great standing ovation.

Then it all fell apart.

Double, double, double, sac grounder, triple, homer. What was Kapler thinking leaving him out there?

In one inning a 5-0 lead was erased – 5-5, and all on Alex Wood, who has struggled mightily the second and third time through the order this year. Either we need to pull them sooner and develop middle relief – perhaps Tony Watson – or it looks like Wood and Johnny Cueto are better suited for the bullpen when it comes time for the playoff roster. There’s a baseball-wide trend here:

According to STATS, with a full slate of games on this night when Wood fell apart, no starting pitchers in the majors went more than six innings for the first time in major league history.

Impressively, the new-look Giants just flexed their muscles and handled coming back in this game not once, but twice, winning it on an error by the Snakes that allowed a walk off. It was Ron Wotus’ 2,000th win with the team. Giants 8, D-Backs 7

Kevin Gausman looked sharp striking out the side to start the second game, his first after the birth of his daughter. He was a little rocky after that, but José Álvarez, Dominic Leone, Tony Watson and Jarlin García retired three batters apiece to complete the six-hitter.

Buster Posey had two hits, including his 15th home run, and he scored on an epic slide after which he declared himself “so fast,” to new teammate Kris Bryant. LaMonte Wade Jr., Brandon Crawford and Alex Dickerson all homered for the Giants to take their major-league leading home run total two past the Toronto Blue Jays (168) to 170 HRs this season. Giants 7, D-backs 2

The Giants have four with the Rockies this weekend. Logan Webb will get the start tonight.

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