Diamondbacks 3, Giants 2 (10): Another sexy comeback spoiled

San Francisco Giants' Brandon Crawford, right, celebrates after hitting a solo home run off Arizona Diamondbacks pitcher David Hernandez with teammate Nick Noonan (21) during the ninth inning of a baseball game in San Francisco, Wednesday, April 24, 2013. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)

San Francisco Giants’ Brandon Crawford, right, celebrates after hitting a solo home run off Arizona Diamondbacks pitcher David Hernandez with teammate Nick Noonan (21) during the ninth inning of a baseball game in San Francisco, Wednesday, April 24, 2013. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)

Remember last year when Brandon Crawford finished second in All-Star voting at shortstop, and people cried out injustice.

Well if he finishes second again this year, they may cry injustice again … but this time because Crawford didn’t finish first.

It’s still early, but Crawford still building a season with All-Star credentials with the bat to go with his soon-to-be Golden Glove.

Crawford delivered an RBI double to right-center in the seventh, giving the Giants a 1-0 lead.

After the Diamondbacks rallied to take the lead in the ninth, Crawford smacked a solo home run to right to tie the game.

So who is leading the Giants in hitting this season? Brandon Crawford (.320).

Who leads the Giants in home runs? Brandon Crawford (4, tied with Hunter Pence)

Slugging? Crawford

OBP? Crawford

Crawford’s late inning heroics — it was the third time in three games that the Giants tied the game in the eighth or ninth innings with a home run — went for naught as the Diamondbacks tallied a run in the 10th for the win, and to take the series.

But that was only because Crawford didn’t get a chance to bat in the 10th. He was on deck when Joaquin Arias made the final out.

OTHER NOTES

  • Despite the series loss, the Giants still had a 4-2 homestand, maintaining their pace of winning at home (8-4) and playing .500 baseball on the road (5-5).
  • Bochy did his let-the-pitcher-hit-only-to-yank-him-in-the-next-inning strategy again. With a runner on third and one out (and the Giants leading 1-0), Bochy let Bumgarner hit. He struck out. The next half inning, Bumgarner was lifted after allowing the tying run to score with one out. I would have preferred to see Bochy get that run in from third, then hand a 2-0 lead over to the bullpen.
  • Sketchy defense hurt the Giants again. Arizona’s ninth-inning rally was started with two outs when Angel Pagan misread a pop-up by Didi Gregorious. Instead a fly out to shallow center and the third out, Pagan went back at first and the ball dropped for a hit. To make matters worse, Pagan didn’t react quickly enough to make a play on Gregorious as he tried to take second.

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