The San Francisco Giants have already taken the season series against the Diamondbacks, and today they go for a series victory. They have taken 7 out of 9 games from Arizona outscoring them 43-25 along the way. Kevin Gausman will take the mound today, Labor Day with a 2-2 record in 8 games (7 starts) which includes 53 strikeouts in 40 2/3 innings and a 4.43 ERA. Gausman is making his first and only start against the Diamondbacks this season, in his career he has faced them 4 other times which includes 3 starts. He is 1-1 with a 3.38 ERA totaling 23 strikeouts, in his last outing he struck out the side, out of the pen for the Reds to finish a 2-0 loss. Pablo Sandoval will make his first start at third base today because Evan Longoria has a sore left glut, Gabe Kapler is keeping him out as a precaution.
Zac Gallen has been a workhorse for the Diamondbacks this season and will make his 9th start, and is 1-0. Yes, he has made 8 appearances and has only won of them, against the Giants in his last start going 7 innings, he allowed 5 hits and 1 run with 5 strikeouts and walked 1 batter. The Diamondbacks are 5-3 in his starts but the Giants are hitting .178 with only 8 hits allowed, including a home run and a double. Gallen has fared better on the road with his ERA .50 lower than that at Chase Field with 2 less total strikeouts but 7 more walks.
First pitch is at 5:05 pm