Aug. 7, 2013; Phoenix, AZ, USA: Arizona Diamondbacks pitcher Brad Ziegler (left) celebrates with catcherWil Nieves
after defeating the Tampa Bay Rays 9-8 at Chase Field. Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports
Not only did the Arizona Diamondbacks (58-55) earn a big 9-8 win on Wednesday night against the Tampa Bay Rays (66-47), but they made franchise history as well. Due to some stellar defense, the D-Backs turned six double plays which set a team record. To win, however, the struggling ball club showed resilience and rallied from two different deficits throughout the game.
Randall Delgado did not bring his best stuff to the mound, allowing four runs on eight hits in just five innings of work. While he did not factor into the decision, but J.J. Putz certainly did; he retired the Rays in order in the eighth inning, picking up the victory and allowing Brad Ziegler to secure the game for Arizona.
Aug. 7, 2013; Phoenix, AZ, USA: Arizona Diamondbacks third basemanMartin Prado
hits a two run single in the eighth inning against the Tampa Bay Rays at Chase Field. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports
Yet, the most significant part of the game was the Snakes’ offense. In the two-game sweep of Tampa Bay, they pounded out 15 runs on 20 hits. Martin Prado had a memorable game, going 4-for-4 with four RBIs, including the tying and go-ahead runs. Aaron Hill and Eric Chavez combined for four hits and three RBIs, while Paul Goldschmidt chipped in with a hit and an RBI as well.
Rays starter Chris Archer left the game after just 1 2/3 innings of work due to right forearm tightness. It was the first time his club was swept since their two straight losses to the Kansas City Royals from April 30-May 1.
The victory, coupled with another Dodgers (63-50) win, kept the D-Backs 5 games back of their division rival for first place. In the last ten games, Arizona is 4-6 while Los Angeles is 8-2.
After a day off on Thursday, the Diamondbacks will continue their homestand and host the New York Mets at Chase Field for a three-game weekend series.