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PHOENIX, Ariz. – Despite committing five errors the Diamondbacks managed to erase a 6-0 deficit sweeping the San Francisco Giants in the finale of the opening series Sunday at Chase Field.
Two costly errors by the Giants Brandon Crawford and Buster Posey allowed the tying and winning runs to score for the D-backs during the bottom of the 7th inning. After a throw to home from Pablo Sandoval, Posey failed to stay on the plate, which allowed Aaron Hill to score the go ahead run.
“That one will make you smile. It really does, when guys battle. It was an interesting game and we got the job done competed very well today,” Gibson said after the 7-6 win.
It’s the first come from behind win for the D-backs this season. Reminiscent of their 48 come from behind victories from 2011.
“I think it brings back good memories for us, similar to last year. I’ve said several times I love playing ugly games and winning them. Today’s game was really beautiful but we didn’t play it very well but got the job done,” Gibson said.
The D-backs were unable to get anything going offensively until Lyle Overbay doubled in two runs in the 4th inning. He would finish the day going 3-for-4 with 3 RBIs.
In the sixth inning Ryan Roberts hit a two-run homerun into the seats in left cutting the deficit to 6-4. Then on the first pitch he saw Overbay launched a solo homerun into the pool in right cutting the Giants lead to one.
“Those were big at bats. He made a mistake on my pitch too so you gotta make him pay cause Matt Cain doesn’t make mistakes like that so you can’t miss those,” Overbay said.
Despite the win it can’t be ignored that D-backs starter Josh Collmenter had a rough outing. Back-to-back three run innings was all that was needed to chase Collmenter from the game.
“When he got hit he just didn’t make good pitches,” Gibson noted of Collmenter’s struggles.
Reliever Wade Miley (1-0) allowed the D-backs to stay within striking distance pitching four hitless innings in relief and got the win.
“I just wanted to come in and keep the game at bay. I knew the offense was going to get going sooner or later,” Miley said.
Craig Breslow came in to pitch the 8th making his D-backs debut. After walking Brett Pill, Breslow got Emmanuel Burriss to hit into a double play ending the Giants hope of a rally.
Reliever Bryan Shaw came in to close the game for his first major league save getting Buster Posey to strike out swinging.
“He’s very confident. That’s what he does coming right at guys. He went with his strength against Buster, fortunate for us,” Gibson said.
The D-backs will now go on the road on a six game stint to San Diego and Colorado. Trevor Cahill will make his D-backs debut on Tuesday against Edinson Volquez (0-1).