The Arizona Diamondbacks could sorely use a better performance against the San Francisco Giants to boost their faint playoff hopes.
The Diamondbacks seek to end their struggles against the Giants in a four-game series at AT&T Park that begins Thursday night.
Arizona (70-68) trails Cincinnati by seven games for the NL's final wild-card spot after rallying for a 4-3 win in 10 innings Wednesday against Toronto. Willie Bloomquist's third hit of the day helped the Diamondbacks avoid an interleague sweep.
Arizona, losers in five of seven, will next try to improve on its meager 5-10 record against San Francisco. The Diamondbacks dropped two of three to the Giants (62-77) this past weekend.
Arizona's Trevor Cahill (5-10, 4.39 ERA) and San Francisco's Ryan Vogelsong (3-4, 5.49) matched up in the middle game of that set, and will be the starters for Thursday's opener.
Cahill kept San Francisco scoreless for the first six innings Saturday before giving up three runs in the seventh. Er...