PHOENIX, Ariz – Chris Herrmann continues to come up big. You would never know by his .193 average, but he is becoming clutch in the late innings. Tonight, in the 10th inning, his single past the reach of the Cardinals Greg Garcia allowed Rey Fuentes to score the winning run at Chase Field in front of 24,256 fans in attendance. This was the third walk-off in his career, and second this season. The first was against the New York Mets on May 17 with a home run.
Arizona manager Torey Lovullo commented on the comeback of his team and their character, “Pretty exciting game for all of us. This team never shuts down. They fight till the final out. That was evident again tonight. Big hits all game long. Chris Iannetta’s two-run double (sixth inning). Sacrifice Fly by Chris Herrmann. A base hit by Daniel Descalso. The big solo home run (David Peralta) to tie the game. Finally, Chris Herrmann’s base hit up the middle to win the game. Sometimes, I leave the dugout shaking my head because these guys believe. That’s a pretty powerful thing.”
Diamondbacks starter Taijuan Walker pitched into the seventh inning. Lovullo talked about his performance, “On the mound, I thought Taijuan did a real nice job. We were extremely short in the bullpen. He pitched into the seventh inning. We asked him to stay out there maybe a little bit beyond our comfort zone, but he gave everything he possibly could.”
St. Louis (35-41) scored first in the first inning on a ground out by Jedd Gyorko, scoring Matt Carpenter. They added on in the sixth inning on a sacrifice fly by Paul DeJong scoring Stephen Piscotty and increasing the lead 2-0.
Arizona (50-28) stormed back on a double by Chris Iannetta scoring Jake Lamb and Descalso tying the game at two apiece.
In the seventh, the Cardinals took advantage of three Diamondback errors and scored three runs, giving them a 5-2 lead.
The eighth inning Arizona scored two runs to pull with one run at 5-4.
Excitement was in the air and throughout the stadium, as this team has shown time and time again that they will not quit. The first batter in the ninth was David Peralta, who laced a solo home run over the left field wall and tying the game at 5-5. The home run was his eighth of the season.
Fernando Rodney (2-2) pitched a perfect ninth inning, needing only
eight pitches and earning the win.
The Diamondbacks recorded their 50th win of the season, and this was their 28th come from behind win.
Injury update on Nick Ahmed who was hit on the hand in the eighth inning, he has a small fracture in his right hand and will undergo further evaluation.
Next up is the second game of the series Wednesday night. First pitch is at 6:40 MST.