As they started their 19th season, optimistic Diamondbacks fans filled the stands of Chase Field despite taking on World Series defending champions, the San Francisco Giants. Arizona had its fourth largest Opening Day in Chase Field, with 49,043 fans cheering on their teams.
After three uneventful innings, the Giants took 1-0 lead after second baseman Joe Panik hit a double sending left fielder Nori Aoki to third, and eventually out at home, as center fielder Angel Pagan up to bat. Pagan hits the third pitch fed to him and gets to first, sending Panik home for the first run of the night, taking the 1-0 lead.
The Diamondbacks made sure by the end of the third, they were tied with the Giants. With two outs, and left fielder Ender Inciarte on first, right fielder Mark Trumbo headed up to bat and sent Inciarte all the way home with a triple that Pagan was unable to catch off the wall.
Following another uneventful fourth inning, the Giants just ran away with the game, taking the 5-1 lead after getting eight batters in for four runs, which ended up being their last.
It wasn’t looking good for the Diamondbacks, as the score remained 5-1 for two innings.
Things started to look up as the Giants switched pitchers after the seventh. Starting pitcher Madison Bumgarner pitched a strong seven innings and appeared to have picked up right were he left off back in October.
“Our goal is to win games and that’s it, find a way to do it,” Bumgarner said. “I felt pretty good, throwing strikes, getting ahead of guys, making pitches. The defense was great behind me, picking me up multiple times. They were great.”
At the bottom of the eighth, Sergio Romo started pitching for the Giants. With the bases loaded, third baseman Chris Owings was supposed to head to the plate. Last minute, Diamondbacks manager Chip Hale threw Jake Lamb in for the pinch-hit. Everyone in the crowd was on their feet as Lamb hits the double that sent everyone home, closing the Giants lead 5-4, which ended up being the final score.
“We showed a lot of fight,” Hale said. “It was great to comeback, I felt good for Jake Lamb. He was definitely disappointed he didn’t start.”
Lamb may not have started, but with no notice, he had the play of the game.
Despite strong efforts for an Opening Day comeback, the Diamondbacks were unsuccessful and fell to the San Francisco Giants, 5-4.
These two teams continue their three game series on Tuesday and Wednesday at 9:40 EST in Phoenix. The Diamondbacks lineup Tuesday is expected to be very similar to Monday night, except for the batting order and Lamb and Rubby De La Rosa will be in for Owings and Josh Collmenter, respectively.