Cahill excels as D-backs subdue Giants

Cahill excels as D-backs subdue Giants

Cahill excels as D-backs subdue Giants
SAN FRANCISCO -- Trevor Cahill flirted with a no-hitter for six innings. The D-backs right-hander did not wind up with the no-no, but his team did get the 6-2 win over the Giants on Wednesday night.

With the win, the D-backs captured two of three games in the series and are 4-3 on their current road trip, which continues with Friday's opener of a three-game series vs. the Padres.

The D-backs suffered two tough losses to finish up their series with the Dodgers and then blew a ninth-inning lead against the Giants on Monday. That made their two wins to wrap things up feel even better.

"I think we have some character and we have some grit," D-backs manager Kirk Gibson said. "The frustrating thing is you could look back and we probably could have won every game we played [on this trip]. Give them credit for not dialing out, staying intense, played a very good game, bats came alive, pitching's been good."

Cahill's pitching was really good, especially for the first six innings as he kept the sellout crowd at AT&T Park quiet while he was just a sixth-inning walk away from being perfect.

"My bullpen [session] wasn't that great," Cahill said. "Usually pitchers always joke when you feel bad in the bullpen, you always feel better in the game. When you are really good in the bullpen, you're like, 'Uh oh.' I felt good early on; I was just trying to throw strikes. The defense was good behind me, and I was just trying to let them put it in play, just trying to work down in the zone. That was just kind of the game plan."

So when did he realize that he had a no-hitter working?

"I have no idea," Cahill said. "You think about it all the time, I guess, but it's mostly I felt like the first time through, I thought, 'I'm feeling good, I'm working down in the zone and they're putting the ball in play for ground-ball outs.' After that, your adrenaline gets up and I was maybe trying to do too much at the end and just kind of got a little bit tired."

Rookie center fielder Adam Eaton kept the no-no alive when he made a diving catch in left-center on Angel Pagan's liner to end the sixth.

That, though, was a sign to Gibson that maybe Cahill had too much adrenaline going or was simply getting tired.

"As the game went on, you saw there in the sixth inning when Eaton made the catch, some balls started to get elevated, so you could tell he was getting balls up a little bit," Gibson said.

The no-hitter came to an end when Marco Scutaro led off the seventh with a sharp single to right. Cahill (10-11) ended up lasting 6 1/3 innings while allowing two runs on two hits.

"Good effort, great game for us," Gibson said.

By that point, the D-backs had built a 6-0 lead against Madison Bumgarner and a pair of relievers. Arizona scored single runs in the first and fourth innings before breaking out for four in the seventh.

Three of the four runs in the inning came after two outs thanks to an RBI single by Paul Goldschmidt and a two-run double by Chris Johnson.

"It was a good series," Gibson said. "It was a very volatile environment, very intense, very spirited tonight. These guys certainly bring out the best in you."

After the Giants scored a pair of runs in the seventh, tempers flared in the top of the eighth. Eaton hit a grounder to first base that Brandon Belt fielded and tossed to Pablo Sandoval to force out John McDonald at third. Sandoval was a little in front of the bag when he fielded the throw, so rather than step on the base, he went to tag McDonald.

McDonald appeared to stumble heading into third and made contact with Sandoval. McDonald fell to the ground in foul territory, and when he got up, Sandoval went over and bumped him with his chest. Both benches emptied, but after some pushing and shoving, order was quickly restored.

"I was trying to slide into third and he caught the ball in front of the bag and kind of took the slide away," McDonald said. "So I tried to go around him and I didn't make it. I tripped trying to go from sliding feet first to diving to go around him. I tripped and went right into him."

Said Sandoval, "It's part of the game. It happens. Those moments, you don't think about it. I'm not that kind of guy. I don't like fights. I tried to calm myself down a little bit."

Steve Gilbert is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter @SteveGilbertMLB. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.