Didi Gregorius' 11th-Inning Bunt Single Enough for Diamondbacks to Beat Nationals
David Hernandez struck out the side in the ninth inning last night.
Photo by Jim Louvau
The Arizona Diamondbacks avoided a sweep in Washington yesterday, as Didi Gregorius dropped a successful bunt to hit in the go-ahead run in the top of the 11th against the Nationals.
The pitching match-up between the D-backs' Patrick Corbin and the Nats' Stephen Strasburg delivered on the hype, as both went seven full innings, each giving up two runs -- although neither earned a decision.
Corbin actually struck out more batters than Strasburg, as Corbin K'd six, compared to Strasburg's four.
Both pitchers gave up their earned runs on one hit -- Ian Desmond hit a two-run homer to left for the Nationals in the fourth, and Aaron Hill went yard with Corbin on base in the sixth.
Nice to have Hill back, eh?
The game, which started about an hour late due to a rain delay, was filled with missed scoring opportunities once the starters were pulled.
The Nationals had one runner on in the eight, but he never advanced. Cody Ross and Gregorius both singled in the ninth, but Cliff Pennington grounded into an inning-ending double play off Nationals reliever Ian Krol.
David Hernandez looked like the David Hernandez D-backs fans knew and loved from last year -- he struck out the side in the bottom of the ninth.
After Eric Hinske drew a lead-off walk in the top of the 10th, Willie Bloomquist was put in to run, and ended up advancing to third over the course of the inning. With two outs, Paul Goldschmidt came to the plate, and you almost expected to see him hit in the go-ahead run, but he lined out to end the inning.
After Josh Collmenter forced another inning of play with a solid inning of relief in the 10th, the Diamondbacks got to face Craig Stammen. Miguel Montero led off with a ground-rule double. A.J. Pollock ran for Montero, and that ended up being a good move.
Pollock advanced to third on an out made by Ross, and after Kubel walked, Didi Gregorius dropped one of the best bunts in recent memory. He reached out well over the plate, and still managed to pull the bunt down the first-base line. With Pollock's speed, he was able to play it safe, and come in to score.
The Heath Bell Experience, who swears he's fixed whatever was wrong with himself, was able to record the save, although -- perhaps, of course -- he allowed the winning run to get to the plate.
The Diamondbacks now go down to Atlanta, and former Brave Randall Delgado is getting the start tonight for the D-backs against Julio Teheran.
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