Diamondbacks Outlast Rockies in a Wild Wild Card Game to Advance to NLDS

Diamondbacks Outlast Rockies in a Wild Wild Card Game to Advance to NLDS

It wasn't pretty, but the Arizona Diamondbacks held off the Colorado Rockies 11-8 Wednesday night in front of a sold-out crowd at Chase Field to advance to the National League Division Series against the Los Angeles Dodgers. On paper, the winner-take-all Wild Card game seemed likely to be a pitchers' duel, with D-backs ace Zack Greinke facing Rockies starter Jon Gray. But Gray only pitched into the second inning before being pulled after giving up four runs, including a three-run homer from Paul Goldschmidt. Greinke had a strong start, but gave up four runs in the fourth inning before being pulled. Starter Robbie Ray was used to relief, pitching more than two innings.

D-backs reliever Archie Bradley tripled in the seventh and drove in two runs, making the score 8-5, and it looked like the Snakes were putting some real distance between themselves and the Rockies. That was until Bradley gave up back-to-back homers to Nolan Arenado and Trevor Story, making the score 8-7. Arizona added three runs in the eighth thanks to a triple by A.J Pollock. Triples were a theme of the night for the D-backs rattled off four three-baggers, including two from Ketel Marte.

Closer Fernando Rodney entered the game in the ninth and gave up a run before leading the team to victory and sending the Diamondbacks to Los Angeles to face the division champion Dodgers. Photos by Jim Louvau.


It wasn't pretty, but the Arizona Diamondbacks held off the Colorado Rockies 11-8 Wednesday night in front of a sold-out crowd at Chase Field to advance to the National League Division Series against the Los Angeles Dodgers. On paper, the winner-take-all Wild Card game seemed likely to be a pitchers' duel, with D-backs ace Zack Greinke facing Rockies starter Jon Gray. But Gray only pitched into the second inning before being pulled after giving up four runs, including a three-run homer from Paul Goldschmidt. Greinke had a strong start, but gave up four runs in the fourth inning before being pulled. Starter Robbie Ray was used to relief, pitching more than two innings.

D-backs reliever Archie Bradley tripled in the seventh and drove in two runs, making the score 8-5, and it looked like the Snakes were putting some real distance between themselves and the Rockies. That was until Bradley gave up back-to-back homers to Nolan Arenado and Trevor Story, making the score 8-7. Arizona added three runs in the eighth thanks to a triple by A.J Pollock. Triples were a theme of the night for the D-backs rattled off four three-baggers, including two from Ketel Marte.

Closer Fernando Rodney entered the game in the ninth and gave up a run before leading the team to victory and sending the Diamondbacks to Los Angeles to face the division champion Dodgers. Photos by Jim Louvau.
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