Tuesday, April 19, 2016

D-backs, Giants continue showdown in San Francisco

After Monday's 11-inning showdown in the opener of the season series, a 9-7 Arizona win, the D-backs and Giants hope to get deep starts from Robbie Ray and Matt Cain, a pair of pitchers who saw their most recent starts head in the wrong direction in one inning.
Ray, the D-backs left-hander, tossed six shutout innings against the Dodgers on Thursday before L.A. managed to score five runs in the seventh, mostly due to some poor relief pitching. Ray has improved his pitch efficiency this year, but he has still walked five.
Cain, meanwhile, was dominant through four innings against the Rockies on Thursday at Coors Field before things went south in a hurry in the fifth. The Rockies scored nine runs in the inning, six of which were charged to Cain, who got a pair of outs.
Things to know about this game
• Slumping Giants third baseman Matt Duffy was out of the starting lineup for the series opener, but he's expected to be back in the lineup Tuesday. Duffy, the runner-up for National League Rookie of the Year last season, is hitting .170 after going 0-for-1 as a pinch-hitter on Monday.
• Ray has faced the Giants just once in his career, allowing two earned runs in five innings last July 17.
• In his career against the D-backs, Cain is 14-7 with a 3.49 ERA in 34 starts.

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