Apr 23, 2014; Chicago, IL, USA; Arizona Diamondbacks second baseman Aaron Hill hits a two-run triple against the Chicago Cubs during the ninth inning of a baseball game at Wrigley Field. Mandatory Credit: Jerry Lai-USA TODAY Sports
So far on this young season, the Arizona Diamondbacks haven’t had many breaks go their way. Today the baseball gods were finally on the Snakes side. The Dbacks scored 5 runs in a crazy and improbable 9th inning rallying from a three run deficit to win 7-5 over the Chicago Cubs on the 100th birthday of Wrigley Field. Both teams wore throwback uniforms with the Diamondbacks wearing the Kansas City Packers jersey’s, they were the first road team to play at Weegham Park as it was known back then.
Leading 5-2, Cubs reliever Pedro Strop came into the game with what looked like another Dbacks loss. Instead Strop started the inning with a four pitch walk to Chris Owings and the Dbacks suddenly had some late life. It was time to rally and boy did they ever. The next batter Tony Campana bounced a ground ball up the middle but Starlin Castro booted it, putting men on first and second with still nobody out. Another walk loaded em up, but then Gerardo Parra struck out, and you were thinking here we go again. Instead, the Dbacks decided to surprise us.
Martin Prado came up to the plate and hit a sharp ground ball up the middle and it looked like Chicago was going to get at least one out. Instead the ball caught the bag and caromed into center field. That is something I have never seen before. Even with Prado’s hit, the Diamondbacks were still trailing 5-4 and in need of a hit. They needed someone other than Paul Goldschmidt to step up. Goldschmidt struck out for the second out and his teammates needed to pick him up. In stepped Miguel Montero, and he hit an RBI single to right on the first pitch he saw against Addison Russell to tie the game 5-5. The Dbacks weren’t done. Off Justin Grimm, Aaron Hill hit a perfectly placed pop fly and Justin Ruggiano couldn’t make the play hurting his hamstring and Hill was at third with a two run triple and a 7-5 Dbacks lead.
The moral of the story was that something finally went the Dbacks way and maybe this starts a long winning streak. Montero spoke to azcenteral sports: “Finally we got something to go our way,” Montero said. “We finally got something that gave us a little bit of a sign and hope and we took advantage.” The last time the Dbacks won a game, they lost the next day, that cant happen again. This team has to carry the momentum into the next one and win multiple games in a row. The Dbacks will try to do just that when they play the Cubs in the series finale Thursday afternoon with Mike Bolsinger facing Edwin Jackson.