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Blake Snell clobbered in blowout loss to Diamondbacks

Blake Snell clobbered in blowout loss to Diamondbacks

SAN FRANCISCO — Major league baseball players have a saying: The starting pitcher sets the tone.

Blake Snell set an ominous tone Friday night.

Making his third start in a Giants uniform, the reigning National League Cy Young Award winner was rocked once again as the Arizona Diamondbacks toppled him for five earned runs in 4-2 /3 innings as the Giants suffered a 17-1 loss in front. of 33,921 fans at Oracle Park.

It was a Friday evening to forget.

And these are the same Giants who, a night earlier, played what manager Bob Melvin called the best game of the year, a 5-0 victory in which Logan Webb really set the tone with seven shutout innings .

But Snell has yet to look comfortable in a Giants uniform, not since signing his two-year, $62 million contract in March and leaving late in spring training, where he n has never taken the mound in a game.

His first action came in the big leagues, when he looked rusty in a home start against the Washington Nationals on April 8, allowing three runs in three innings. Things got worse in his next game against his former team in Tampa Bay, when the Rays allowed him seven runs in four innings.

The southpaw hit a nice curveball on Friday and looked solid in the first two innings, finishing the second with a 79 mph hook that fell into the bottom inside corner to knock out Gabriel Moreno.

It was one of three strikeouts on the night, as Snell couldn’t spot his fastball and failed to record outs in key moments. He gave up ball after hard-hit ball to a Diamondbacks team that rarely gave up bad pitches and hit the juicy ones.

Ketel Marte hit an RBI double to give the Diamondbacks a 1-0 lead in the third inning. Rookie Blaze Alexander smoked another RBI double to make it 2-0 in the fourth. And on the fifth, the wheels came off.

Snell recorded the first two outs, then gave up back-to-back singles before Randal Grichuk doubled to score two more to put Arizona ahead, 5-1.

Snell handed the ball to Melvin and finished his night allowing five earned runs on nine hits and one walk. He hadn’t allowed nine hits in a game since starting 2021 at hitter-friendly Coors Field.

Through three games this year, Snell has allowed 15 earned runs in 11 2/3 innings (11.57 ERA) while striking out 12 batters and allowing five walks and 18 hits.

His rough start Friday was followed by a trio of nasty outings from Landen Roupp (1-2/3 inning, four runs allowed), Kai-Wei Teng (one inning, five runs) and Nick Avila, who served a grand slam to Alexander in a six-run eighth inning.

To save their bullpen, the Giants sent utilityman Tyler Fitzgerald to the mound in the top of the ninth. He allowed two extra points.

On offense, the Giants were stymied by left-hander Jordan Montgomery, who, like Snell, was signed only two days before the start of the season. But Montgomery looked solid in this one, inducing plenty of soft contact on the left side of the infield while limiting the Giants to just one run in six innings.

The only bright spot for the Giants was a home run by Jorge Soler, who punished a 410-footer to left field for his fourth home run of the year. Remarkably, it was the first home run hit by the Giants at Oracle Park this season.

Afterwards : LHP Kyle Harrison (2-1, 4.70 ERA) vs. RHP Zac Gallen (3-0, 1.64 ERA) at 1:05 p.m. Saturday.

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