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Arizona Diamondbacks vs. San Francisco Giants Pick & Prediction SEP 30TH 2021

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San Francisco Giants fans will get their first opportunity to see World Series hero Madison Bumgarner pitch at Oracle Park for the visiting team when the left-hander leads the Arizona Diamondbacks in the finale of a three-game series on Thursday night.

Even without their four-time All-Star and three-time World Series champion, who was allowed to walk as a free agent after the 2019 season, Giants pitchers have dominated the first two games of this series against the D-backs. Starters Logan Webb and Alex Wood combined to allow no earned runs in 11 innings.

On Wednesday, Wood and three relievers shut out the Diamonbacks 1-0, and San Francisco scored the game's only run on a Kris Bryant sacrifice fly in the seventh inning.

The Giants' two wins in this series have offset two victories by the Los Angeles Dodgers (102-56) and have allowed San Francisco (104-54) to retain a two-game edge atop the National League West with just four games remaining.

A Giants sweep of the Diamondbacks (50-108) and a Dodgers loss to the visiting San Diego Padres on Thursday night would clinch at least a tie for San Francisco's first division title since 2012.

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Bumgarner (7-10, 4.58 ERA) recorded 16 of the Giants' 94 wins that season, then helped San Francisco beat the Cincinnati Reds, St. Louis Cardinals and Detroit Tigers en route to their second title in three years.

Bumgarner finished his Giants career as the all-time franchise leader in strikeout-to-walk ratio (4.19) and had 1,794 strikeouts. He went 119-92 with a 3.13 ERA in the regular season, then went 8-3 with a 2.11 ERA in the postseason.

The 32-year-old has pitched once at Oracle Park since leaving the Giants, but there were no fans in attendance in a 4-3 Arizona loss last September.

Bumgarner got a measure of revenge at his new home last month, limiting the Giants to one run in seven innings in a 3-1 Arizona win on Aug. 3.

Bumgarner is 1-1 with a 2.45 ERA in two lifetime starts against the Giants.

Although Thursday night will be a battle between a 104-game winner and a 108-game loser, both managers took time Wednesday to address the unusual significance of the series finale.

"He's done some unbelievable things here," Diamondbacks manager Torey Lovullo said of Bumgarner's record in San Francisco. "I'm a baseball fan, too. I watch these types of things all the time. They're feel-good moments. I know this town means a lot to Bum as well."

Added Giants manager Gabe Kapler, "I obviously respect Bumgarner's history here in San Francisco, and I know the fans will probably really appreciate having him back in the ballpark and on the mound. I'm sure our players are looking forward to a really good competition."

With the game meaning more than just a reunion for the Giants, Kapler noted that Buster Posey likely will get a chance to face his old batterymate for the first time.

But on this night, Posey will be catching left-hander Scott Kazmir (0-1, 4.09), who will continue to start in Johnny Cueto's spot in the rotation while the veteran works out of the bullpen.

In his first major-league outing since June 4, the 37-year-old came through with an impressive start on the road against the San Diego Padres on Sept. 22, holding them without an earned run in four innings in what turned into an 8-6 Giants win.

Kazmir has made two lifetime starts against the Diamondbacks, going 1-1 with a 3.14 ERA.

--Field Level Media

Arizona Diamondbacks vs. San Francisco Giants Recap JUN 17TH 2021

The Arizona Diamondbacks sustained a Major League Baseball modern-era record 23rd consecutive defeat Thursday afternoon, falling victim to Kevin Gausman's sharp pitching and Curt Casali's big offensive day in a 10-3 loss to the host San Francisco Giants.

The Diamondbacks claimed the record for themselves after they had matched the infamous feats of the 1943 Philadelphia Athletics and 1963 New York Mets on Wednesday night.

Gausman (8-1), who was coming off his lone loss of the season last Saturday at Washington, limited Arizona to two runs and four hits in eight innings. He walked one and struck out six.

Gausman has now earned wins in eight of his last 11 outings after beginning the season with three no-decisions.

The Giants did most of their offensive damage from the bottom of the order en route to handing the Diamondbacks their 14th straight loss overall. No. 6 hitter Casali fell a double shy of the cycle and had four RBIs and two runs scored.

Casali's homer, his first of the season, was a two-run shot in a three-run second inning that gave San Francisco the lead for good.

No. 7 hitter Steven Duggar added a single, double and triple and scored twice, while No. 8 Mauricio Dubon chipped in with a single, double and two RBIs.

Mike Yastrzemski had a two-run single among two hits, Brandon Belt collected two singles to complete a nine-hit series and Wilmer Flores scored twice. The Giants outscored the Diamondbacks 37-20 in the four-game sweep.

Reinstated from the injured list before the game, Zac Gallen (1-2) took the loss for the Diamondbacks. He served up four runs on four hits and a walk in 2 2/3 innings.

Arizona's only runs off Gausman came in the seventh inning on an RBI single by David Peralta.

The Diamondbacks capped the scoring in the ninth inning. Eduardo Escobar stroked his second hit, a triple, and scored on an infield out by Christian Walker.

--Field Level Media

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