Arizona Diamondbacks Game Recap: Bullpen, Inciarte Key in Thrilling Win
By Joseph Jacquez
Its about time! Finally the Arizona Diamondbacks have beaten the Dodgers at Chase Field. Coming into today, the Diamondbacks had lost five in a row to the Dodgers, and the Dbacks were trying to reduce the trend as soon as possible.
There was no better time to do it than tonight, and the Diamondbacks did thanks to another shutdown performance by the bullpen, and extra inning heroics by Ender Inciarte.
The Dbacks won 4-3 in 10 innings to take game 1 of the weekend series in front of 27,000 plus at Chase Field. We BEAT L.A!
The Diamondbacks got the scoring started in the third when Paul Goldschmidt hit a three run homer into the pool scoring A.J. Pollock and Ender Inciarte to give the Diamondbacks a 3-0 lead off Dodgers starter Brett Anderson, who went 6 innings.
The Dodgers got a run back in the top of the fourth on a no doubter home run by Yasmany Grandal off Dbacks starter Chase Anderson. It was his third career HR off Anderson who went five innings.
Jimmy Rollins doubled the top of the fifth scoring Juan Uribe and Joc Pederson and the score was tied 3-3.
The bullpen did the job once again for the rest of the game. Andrew Chafin pitched three innings and he retired all nine batters he faced.
Addison Reed and Oliver Perez combined to keep the Dodgers off the board, and Ender Inciarte walked it off with a single down the right field line scoring Pennington.
Thoughts and Observations:
Andrew Chafin Impresses: Chafin was really impressive tonight, and he showed me why he was chosen for the final bullpen spot. He just attacked the zone with his best stuff, threw strikes, and he didn’t mess around. If Chafin can be anything like the long reliever Josh Collmenter was in the past, than the Diamondbacks would have a bargain. I’ve noticed that his velocity has increased now that he is just pitching between one to three innings.
Chase Anderson: Anderson didn’t go deep in the game, but it was better than what all the other Diamondbacks starters have done so far this season. He pitched five innings, gave it to a rock solid bullpen, and gave the team a chance to win.
Bullpen: When the starting rotation isn’t getting deep into the game, the team needs the bullpen to get the job done and that is what they have done. The Dbacks relievers have pitched nineteen innings giving up just 2 earned runs.
It was a good and much needed victory considering the Diamondbacks get to face Clayton Kershaw and Zach Grienke tomorrow and Sunday.
Post Game Grades:
The Diamondbacks go for the series victory as Archie Bradley will make his major league debut against Kershaw.