Diamondbacks Celebrate

PHOENIX, Ariz – Game number 159 on the schedule and 81st at Chase Field, with first pitch at 12:40 featured Braden Shipley for Arizona, who attempts to line up Zack Greinke for the Oct. 4 wild-card game. He faced Jeff Samardzija of the Giants who is 9-15 with a 4.51 ERA this season, including 1-3, 5.13 in four starts against the Diamondbacks.

Samardzija was in control for San Francisco, pitching six innings, allowing just one run and scattering just three hits. He had one walk and four strikeouts on 80 pitches. The only run allowed came in the fifth inning, a solo home run by Arizona’s Jake Lamb, his 29th on the season.

Then came the ninth inning. Arizona (92-67) erupted for three runs to walk-off the Giants. All things were started by J.D.Martinez, blasting a solo home run to right-center field, his 45th of the season, and 29th as a Diamondback. That seemed to give life to the offense.

Lamb followed with a single and advanced to second on a single by A.J. Pollock. Kris Negron would replace Lamb on the bases, however, he would be thrown out at the plate on a fielder’s choice off the bat of Daniel Descalso. Pollock advanced to second. Pinch-hitter Jeremy Hazelbaker walked after Pollock and Descalso pulled off a double steal. Pollock to third, Descalso to second.  Next batter, John Ryan Murphy, reached on a fielder’s choice, scoring Pollock and tying the game at 3-3.

David Peralta then would get the chance to play hero. Having a 0-for-4 day, Peralta drew a bases-loaded walk on five pitches, resulting in the Diamondbacks walk-off, 4-3 victory.

“Well, it’s pretty exciting. It’s a good feeling. The way we came back in this game is unbelievable. This shows everybody what type of team we are. We always fight. Inning by inning. At-bat by at-bat. I was really patient in that at-bat. The pressure is on the pitcher. With the winning run at third base. I have to be patient, taking deep breaths to calm down. I have to be mature to get the right pitch. I was ready on 3-1, I got a ball and we got a win,” said Peralta.

It was evident that the home run by Martinez sparked this team. Torey Lovullo talked about that. “I think that home run in the ninth inning by J.D. really got us moving in the right direction. What can you continue to say about J.D. he hits his 16th home run in September.  You’re talking about historical records now. Ties the most in the National league all-time set by Ralph Kiner.  He is locked in.”

This seems like a perfect bookend for Arizona as they walked off the same Giants club on Opening Day, 6-5, and walked them off again in the last game at Chase field in the regular season.

San Francisco (62-97) was led by Denard Span who was 3-for-4 on the day with two runs scored. He was a home run short of hitting for the cycle.

Next up for the Diamondbacks, they head to Kansas City to face the Royals Friday 5:15 MST. Greinke (16-5, ERA 3.40) faces his former team in the Royals were he pitched seven seasons from 2004-2010. During his time there Greinke was 60-67 with a 3.82 ERA. Ian Kennedy will pitch for the Royals.


About The Author

Brian is an eight-year veteran as a professional baseball umpire. Now retired from behind the plate, BK is a radio personality of Sports Hour with Brian Kreps heard on NBC Sports Radio AM 1060 , writer and sports photographer. Brian has spent the past year-and-a- half providing in-depth coverage of the Arizona Rattlers. Despite an array of interests, Brian’s passion for baseball has not changed.