Game Recap: Déjà Vu – All Over Again, D-Backs Walk-Off
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Three games, three wins, and three walk-off hits for the Arizona Diamondbacks. What has been a dramatic series against the Baltimore Orioles has not only allowed the Snakes to show their resiliency, but has kept them in the race for October baseball. After Adam Eaton‘s game-ending homer on Monday and Paul Goldschmidt‘s walk-off home run on Tuesday, Aaron Hill decided to join in on the party and ripped a single up the middle to score Gerardo Parra and win the game for the D-Backs in the 14th inning on Wednesday afternoon.
Heading into the bottom of the ninth trailing 4-3, Orioles closer Jim Johnson, who leads the league in saves with 39 blew one for the second straight game. Hill not only won the game for his team but tied the game as well, driving a single to left field which scored Parra and knotted the game at 4. The score did not change until the 14th, when the 31-year-old continued the magic at Chase Field to help his team sweep Baltimore.
Patrick Corbin (12-3) got through seven innings of work, striking out seven while allowing four runs on nine hits. The 2013 All-Star, however, did not factor into the decision. For the second straight night, Heath Bell (4-1) pitched a perfect final inning and earned the victory. Bud Norris (8-10) suffered the loss for the Orioles.
Another win by the Los Angeles Dodgers kept the D-Backs 7 1/2 games back of first place in the National League West, while the Cincinnati Reds also won and maintained their 5 1/2 game lead of the second and final wild card spot over Arizona.
After a day off on Thursday, the Snakes will be in Pittsburgh on Friday for a three-game series against the Pirates.