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Zac Gallen Struggles on the Road, Diamondbacks Lose 7-3

Apr 20, 2024; San Francisco, California, USA; Arizona Diamondbacks pitcher Zac Gallen (23) throws a pitch against the San Francisco Giants during the first inning at Oracle Park. Mandatory Credit: Darren Yamashita-USA TODAY Sports

Entering the game with a 1.64 ERA across his first four starts of the season, Zac Gallen encountered difficulties on the road against the San Francisco Giants, resulting in a disappointing 7-3 loss for the Diamondbacks.

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Gallen’s struggles were evident as he exited after surrendering five earned runs on nine hits in five innings of work.

Although the D-backs initially took the lead in the top of the 1st inning, San Francisco swiftly responded with two runs of their own. On just the second pitch thrown by Gallen, Jung Hoo Lee’s home run leveled the score at 1-1.

In the 5th, the Giants jumped out to a 5-3 lead, courtesy of a Patrick Bailey two-run shot. Baily tormented not only Gallen but also the Diamondbacks’ bullpen. The rookie’s impressive performance included a single, two doubles, and the crucial home run, driving in nearly half of the Giants’ runs.

Expanding their lead to 7-3, San Francisco initiated a rally against Miguel Castro in the 8th inning. Mike Yastrzemski ignited the inning with a leadoff single, ultimately scoring on Jung Hoo Lee’s double.

While the Giants did only score seven runs, it could have been a lot more as their many of their 16 hits did not come across the plate. San Francisco stranded two runners on base on four different occasions.

On the other hand, the Diamondbacks‘ lone bright spot in their lineup was Lourdes Gurriel Jr., who picked up three of their seven hits. Corbin Carroll continued to struggle at the plate, enduring an 0-4 afternoon. Eugenio Suarez, the league leader in strikeouts in 2022 and 2023, faced a similar fate, striking out in all three of his at-bats.

The Diamondbacks will attempt to split the four-game series tomorrow at 1:05 pm with Merrill Kelly on the mound. Kelly boasts a solid 3.34 ERA in his career matchups against the Giants.



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