The Arizona Diamondbacks once again found themselves fighting against the Los Angeles Dodgers on Wednesday -- albeit more in the metaphorical sense instead of the sort of mortal combat that ensued earlier this week -- as they battled against their NL West rivals at Chavez Ravine into the 12th inning for 6-4 win in the rubber game of an eventful three-game series.
Though there was nary any plunks or punches thrown last night by either the D-backs or Dodgers during the extra-innings contest, hits of a different sort were in abundance. Both teams combined for a total of 32 hits (20 for Arizona, 12 for L.A.) over the course of the four hour-plus affair.
Backed by ace pitcher Patrick Corbin -- who was 9-0 going into the game and attempting to nab his tenth win -- on the hill, the Diamondbacks got out to an early 3-0 advantage only to watch their opponents rally back a few innings later.
Arizona notched the lead in the third when its sluggers notched five straight hits against El Lay's Hyun-Jin Ryu. Cody Ross and Miguel Montero both smacked singles, followed by back-to-back-to-back RBIs from Martín Prado and Didi Gregorious. Cliff Pennington grounded into a 6-3-4 double play, although it gave a sufficient enough opening for Prado to dash to the dish for another run.
Corbin's pitching had all the makings of a scoreless gem up until the fifth when he allowed doubles by Juan Uribe (who scored after a Ryan Hernandez ground out) and Alex Castellanos, an RBI triple from Ryu, and run-scoring singles by Nick Punto and Adrian Gonzalez. Suddenly, the pitcher's undefeated streak was in jeopardy.
Things got back on the right track in the seventh, however, when Paul Goldschmidt (who's had spotty hitting since his epic grand slams a couple weeks back) reached on a soft single and Miggy blasted a ribeye to left to tie the score.
It stayed knotted into extras until a 12th inning rally put Arizona ahead for good. And -- in an amusing turn of events -- the Diamondbacks' game-winning comeback came with thuggish Dodgers reliever Ronald Belisario (who was a major instigator during Tuesday's bench-clearing melee and later told the media, "We showed that you can't mess with us") on the mound.
His machismo took a bit of a blow after permitting hits by Ross, Montero, and Prado for another run. Then he walked Gregorius before getting yanked by Dodgers skipper Don Mattingly. Needless to say, the D-backs showed him a thing or two. (Cue the rimshot.)
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Brandon League came in and was promptly beleaguered by more scoring swats by Pennington and Gerardo Parra. Heath Bell gave up two runs in the bottom half, but the insurance runs helped secure the victory and protect the D-backs current lead in the NL West. Corbin ultimately walked away with the no-decision (better luck next time).
Arizona (37-29) has today off as they wait for blowback from the brawl (which saw a half-dozen or so players and coaches from both the Diamondbacks and Dodgers getting ejected) as Major League Baseball's lawgivers may issue possible fines and suspensions from on high in response to the incident.
In the meantime, the D-backs head down the coast for a weekend series with the San Diego Padres (32-34) at PETCO Park that begins on Friday night. Trevor Cahill (3-7, 4.02 ERA) gets the ball versus lefty Eric Stults (5-5, 3.53). First pitch: 7:10 p.m. TV: Fox Sports Arizona. Radio: KTAR 620 AM. More info: www.dbacks.com.