Arizona Diamondbacks: A date with the Dodgers in the NLDS awaits
The Arizona Diamondbacks played in the National League Wildcard Game on Wednesday night and won in an absolute nail-biter.
Offense was the name of the game tonight with there being a combined 19 runs and 30 hits in the game.
Arizona quickly jumped out to a 6-0 lead in the third inning and never gave up the lead despite the Rockies making several pushes in the game.
Zack Greinke was pulled from the game after giving up four runs in the fourth inning. Due to being pulled out in the fourth Andrew Chafin earned the win.
Paul Goldschmidt and Daniel Descalso go deep
The Diamondbacks offense started off with a bang with Goldschmidt’s three-run blast in the first inning, which staked the Diamondbacks to an early lead which would swell to 6-0 by the end of the third.
Descalso also managed to hit a two-run blast in the third to give Arizona a 6-0 lead. Both of these home runs can be seen as massive boons thanks to how close the game ended up being.
Robbie Ray Relief
For the first time in almost three years, Robbie Ray entered the game not as a starter but as a relief pitcher.
Ray went two and one-third innings and got pulled because Blackmon was coming up to the plate. Ray had only allowed two hits and gave up only one run during this outing while getting three strike-outs as we have become accustomed to him doing.
Triples all around
On the night, there were four triples hit by the Diamondbacks.
The first one came from Ketel Marte in the second inning which lead to Gray getting pulled. Marte then tripled again in the fourth, his second of the game. Marte became the first player to do so in the playoffs since 1993.
Archie Bradley got the third triple, becoming the first ever relief pitcher to do so in the postseason. Pollock finished off with a triple in the eighth inning to drive in two more runs for the Diamondbacks.
Bring on the Los Angeles Dodgers. Game one from Dodger Stadium is Friday night at 7:30 p.m. on TBS.