PHOENIX - The first inning at Chase Field took 40 minutes. At some point during that span, this game became about surviving to adequately compete over the weekend.
In that respect, it was a mixed bag.
Chris Stratton very nearly was pulled in the first inning of a 6-3 loss to the Diamondbacks, which would have put a tremendous strain on a bullpen that already is stretched thin. He made it - barely - through three and Ty Blach did some good work saving the bullpen, but the Giants lost Buster Posey to concussion symptoms and appear to have several roster moves on the way Saturday.
The bullpen could use another arm, the fifth spot of the rotation may need to be changed yet again, or skipped once, and another catcher may be here Saturday. As for Friday's result, here's how it all went down …
- Posey was pulled after a single in the third inning. Posey took a wicked foul tip off the mask in the first and appeared to be clenching and unclenching his jaw as he stood on first base two innings later. Trainer Dave Groeschner noticed and ran out to the bag, immediately pulling Posey from the game. The Giants later announced that Posey was being watched for concussion symptoms. If Posey is to miss time, the Giants are in a bit of a jam -- their only other catcher on the 40-man roster, Aramis Garcia, is only in Double-A.
- This was a nightmare for Stratton. He needed 40 pitches to get through the five-run first inning and was pulled with the bases loaded in the fourth. Stratton allowed 10 hits and walked four. According to baseball-reference, Stratton is the just second Giants pitcher to allow 14 baserunners while recording fewer than 10 outs. Joe Nathan did it in 2000 at Coors Field.
- Paul Goldschmidt hit his 200th career homer, with 187 coming against the Giants. No, it's really *just* 22, which actually only ranks third among NL West opponents. He has 30 against the Dodgers, 23 against the Rockies and 20 against the Padres.
- This was also a defensive mess. Two liners popped out of Brandon Crawford's glove, Evan Longoria couldn't wrangle a difficult pop-up in foul territory, a potential double play was botched and several other Giants looked a step behind at times.