The Arizona Diamondbacks took the first game against the Los Angeles Dodgers on the backs of Jake Lamb and Zack Godley.
It wasn’t the prettiest game ever, but Lamb definitely had the best looking at bat in the eighth inning.
The Dodgers were counting on Tony Watson to preserve the 3-2 lead in the seventh inning. The Diamondbacks were down to their last strike with Lamb at the plate and the bases loaded with two outs.
Lamb sent an 86.8 mph slider over the wall in right field. Grand slam. Better yet, #GrandsLamb.
It was Lamb’s second home run of the game. His first came just an inning earlier, a solo shot to left field.
Lamb wasn’t the only person to hit two homers on Tuesday night in Phoenix. Godley gave up two solo shots to LA’s Justin Turner.
That might not sound like it came from a solid starting pitcher, but Godley has been exactly that. With Robbie Ray out, Godley is pitching like the Diamondbacks No. 2 starter.
Godley pitched 6.2 innings, only allowing three runs to score. His ERA is now 2.94, but he would take the no decision after pitching three scoreless innings to start the game.
David Hernandez closed the seventh inning for Godley, while Archie Bradley set up the save opportunity for Fernando Rodney.
Similar to recent history, the bullpen was nearly flawless. Bradley allowed one hit, but a double play ball would ensure that Bradley would only face three batters.
Rodney, also known as La Flecha (“the Arrow”), faced Yasmani Grandal, Logan Forsythe, Joc Pederson and Yasiel Puig. The four combined for three hits and one RBI throughout the game, but it wasn’t enough.
The Dodgers were unable to add another comeback victory to the 30+ they have this season. Hernandez got the win, Rodney got the save, but Jake Lamb got the glory.
Wednesday will no doubt prove a challenge as Zack Greinke (13-4) takes on Alex Wood (13-1), but the Diamondbacks can only hope to carry Lamb’s energy into the rest of this homestand.