Paul Goldschmidt's 14th-Inning RBI Lifts Diamondbacks Over Cardinals
Arizona Diamondbacks first baseman Paul Goldschmidt hit an RBI single in the top of the 14th inning last night in St. Louis, which proved to be the game-winner in the second game of a four-game series against the Cardinals.
There's not much room to complain in a victory, but this game may have had an earlier ending were it not for an egregious blown call by umpire Jordan Baker.
With a 1-1 score in the bottom of the fourth, A.J. Pollock homered with two runners on to give the Diamondbacks a 4-1 lead. Cardinals first-baseman Allen Craig homered in the bottom half of the inning off Tyler Skaggs, bringing the score to 4-3.
Paul Goldschmidt and Jason Kubel each hit in runs in the top of the fifth inning to increase the lead to 6-3, and Shane Robinson hit a solo homer for the Cardinals in the bottom half of the inning.
With the Diamondbacks ahead 6-4 in the bottom of the sixth inning, Carlos Beltran singled off Skaggs to start the inning, and tagged up to advance to second as Matt Holliday flew out.
Skaggs struck out Craig, and proceeded to throw three straight balls to Yadier Molina. On the fourth pitch, Beltran attempted to steal third, and Miguel Montero threw down to third, delivering the ball to Martin Prado's glove while Beltran still had a couple steps to go.
The tag was applied as such:
Baker, the umpire, called Beltran safe.
Molina singled on the 3-1 pitch, to score Beltran, although the inning should have ended on the previous play.
Beltran ended up hitting in the game-tying run off Matt Reynolds (the run was charged to Brad Ziegler), and the game remained tied at six, as the game carried on.
With two runners on in the 14th, and one out, Goldschmidt -- who's hitting .335 on the season, with the most RBI in the National League -- hit a ball right up the middle, as he's done over and over again this season.
Closer-for-now Heath Bell let up a lead-off double to Molina to start off the bottom of the 14th inning, but struck out David Freese, got Jon Jay to ground out, and struck out Pete Kozma to end the game.
In game three of the four-game series, Wade Miley takes the mound for the D-backs tonight against Joe Kelly.
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