By the time the Baltimore Orioles came to town on August 12th, the playoff chances for the Arizona Diamondbacks were growing slimmer by the day. They were 7 1/2 games out of first in the National League West and 5 1/2 games off the Wild Card. The three game sweep against the Orioles in which the team won in its final at-bat in each contest followed by winning two out of three in Pittsburgh proved to be the team’s last gasp at playoff contention.
Adam Eaton‘s season had begun on July 9th. He had spent the entire season on the Disabled List with an elbow injury and had struggled in many of the games leading up to the O’s series. However, there were some signs that he was rounding into shape. Spanky had hits in five of his previous six contests going 6 for 15 in that span.
As Eaton stepped into the box to lead off the bottom of the 9th inning against Darren O’Day, the D’backs had given up yet another late lead as Brad Ziegler allowed a run on two hits and a walk as Baltimore tied the game in the top of the frame. What followed made fans and the team forget the blown save as Eaton sends everyone home happy.