Jun 29, 2015; Phoenix, AZ, USA; Arizona Diamondbacks pitcher Brad Ziegler (left) celebrates with catcher Welington Castillo after defeating the Los Angeles Dodgers at Chase Field. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports
The Arizona Diamondbacks took the opening game of their three game set from the Los Angeles Dodgers with a 6-4, come-from-behind victory. For a sweet recap, check out my colleague Guillermo Salcido’s post here. The purpose of my writing today is that, in my humble opinion, last night’s win was the biggest victory of the season for the D’backs. Here are three reasons why June 29, 2015 will hopefully go down as the launching pad to an improbable playoff berth.
The Dodgers were 7-2 against Arizona heading into last night. The Snakes took the first two contests of 2015, meaning LA was riding a seven game winning streak against them. The D’backs were 4-15 vs. the Dodgers in 2014. It is not a stretch to say they are owned by Los Angeles. It is also safe to say that the one team fans want to beat more than anyone else is the Dodgers. To have a victory like that over a hated rival and tormented foe is like a kid waking up on Christmas morning with a room full of presents.
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Let’s face it, at 4-0 how many of us were saying, “Here we go again”? On top of that the D’backs fought back and actually tied the game only to watch the Dodgers go ahead once more. That’s when you really believe that the night is not yours. To come back again, not to just take the lead only by a run but with a four-run eighth inning featuring bloops, bombs and bungling was remarkable considering the circumstances. I get it, we should be thankful Mike Bolsinger exited the game when he did (hope he’s feeling better) but that should not distract from the fact the D’backs got off the floor not once, but twice.
Maybe this was just a great victory that leads to nothing more than a brief hot stretch. However, games like these have a habit of sending the winners onto bigger and better things. I think back to the Washington Nationals earlier this season. The Nats, a World Series favorite, started out 7-13 and on April 28th trailed the Atlanta Braves 10-1 at one point. Washington rallied for a 13-12 victory. They have gone 34-21 since and are now in first place in the National League East by 2.5 games.
The D’backs are now 37-39, five games behind the Dodgers.