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Atlanta Takes D-Backs 7-6 In Extra Frame

07 September 2018  
Paul Goldschmidt hit a game tying home run in the ninth, but the D-Backs fell to the Braves 7-6 in 10 innings. Photo by Ron Williams

Greinke struggles early, Goldschmidt's game-tying home run not enough

The Arizona Diamondbacks trailed for nearly the entire game, before tying the game on a two out home run by Paul Goldschmidt in the ninth. The D-Backs would give up the deciding run in the 10th, and lose 7-6 to the Atlanta Barves in the first of a four game series, at Chase Field in Phoenix.

Things started off right in the top of the first, as shortstop Nick Ahmed made a spectacular play on a ground ball by Ronald Acuna Jr.. Ahmed had to venture near the second base bag to get the ground ball, then did a spin move to get an accurate throw to first base.

Shortly there after, Freddie Freeman hit a ball to left field that went off David Peralta's glove to score Ender Inciarte to give the Braves a 1-0 lead. Peralta as charged with the error. Nick Markakis singled in Freeman, and it was 2-0. Kurt Suzuki added a two run homer over the left field fence in the fourth, to put the Braves up 4-0.

The Diamonbacks offense struggled early, as A.J. Pollock's leadoff single was the only hit they had going into the fourth frame.. Paul Goldschmidt's got things started with a one out single to left in the fourth. Peralta followed with a single to right center, and Steven Souza Jr. walked to load the bases. Ketel Marte fouled out to Braves catcher Kirk Suzuki. Nick Ahmed drilled the first pitch down the left field line for a bases clearing double, to pull the D-Backs within 4-3.

The Braves increased their lead with more damage in the sixth. Johan Camargo hit a solo shot, his 16th of the season, pushing the Atlanta lead to 5-3 in the sixth. Suzuki was hit by pitch, then Ozzie Albies single to left, followed by a Dansby Swanson walk to load the bases.

Manager Torrey Lovullo pulled Greinke after pitching 5.1 innings, allowing five runs on six hits. He struck out four, but walked three, and allowed two home runs. Jake Diekman came in to pitch to pinch hitter Charlie Culberson, who lined a ball to Goldschmidt, who fired the ball to home for the force out. Lovullo brought in Brad Ziegler to face Ronald Acuna Jr.. Ziegler got the much need final out on a ground ball to short, to minimize the damage, as the D-Backs trailed 5-3.

Shane Carle came in to pitch for the Braves in the bottom of the sixth. Atlanta starter Anibal Sanchez gave up three runs on four hits in five innings. Peralta singled to left
and Souza Jr. walked, but the D-Backs left the two on base.

In the seventh, Jon Jay singled to left, Chris Owings singled off Atlanta pitcher Freeman's glove, to put runners at the corners. Dan Winkler came in to pitch and struck out A.J.Pollock. Eduardo Escobar hit into 6-3 double play to end the inning.

Arizona had yet another chance to score. After Goldschmidt doubled, Johnny Venters came in to pitch. He had not pitched in the major leagues since 2012 till this year due to injuries. Venters struck out Peralta, and Souza Jr. took a third strike, leaving it up to Ketel Marte to get Goldy in from third. Marte sent a 3-1 pitch to right field to get the D-Backs within one at 5-4.

Andrew Chafin gave up a run on two hits in the top of the ninth. Trailing 6-4, Christian Walker hit a shot just shy of a home run to left center, having to settle for a leadoff double. Walker went to third on a pass ball. Pollock picked up a sacrifice fly, scoring Walker to make it 6-5. Down to their last strike, Paul Goldschmidt hit a 2-2 pitch into the left field seats to tie the game at six. It was Goldy's 32nd home run of the season.

A new battery started for the D-Backs in the 10th inning. Alex Avila took over behind the plate, and reliever Brad Boxberger took to the mound. Boxberger got the fitst two outs, but Dansby Swanson hit a ball off the glove of Ketel Marte to reach first. Swanson then stole second. Tyler Flowers followed with a hit that went ff the glove of Nick Ahmed. With runners at the corners, Acuna Jr. walked to load the bases. Yoshi Hirano replaced Boxberger, but threw a wild pitch to give the Braves a 7-6 lead.

In the D-Back 10th, Nick Ahmed earned a one out walk. Alex Avila struck out, putting Arizona in a similar spot they were in the inning before. Vargas, pinch hitting for Hirano, smacked the first pitch to left field for the final out. Jesse Biddle picked up the win to improve to (5-1) on the season. Brad Brach his 12th save of the season, while Brad Boxberger (2-6), took the loss. The D-Backs will face the Braves again tonight at 6:40pm. Kevin Gausman (9-9) 3.78 ERA will go for Atlanta versus Patrick Corbin (10-5) 3.06 ERA.

Innings - 123  456  789  10 - R   H   E
Atlanta    200  201  001  1   - 7  11   0
Arizona   000  300  012  0   - 6  13   1

National League  Standings
West                 W    L   GB
Colorado          77  62    -
Los Angeles     76  64  1.5
Arizona             75  65  2.5
San Francisco  68  73  10
San Diego         56  86  22.5

Central             W   L   GB
Chicago         83   57   -
Milwaukee      79   62  4.5
St. Louis         78   62  5
Pittsburgh       69   71 14
Cincinnati        59   82 24.5
East                 W   L   GB
Atlanta           77   63   -
Philadelphia    73   66   3
Washington     69   72   8
New York         63   76 13
Miami               56   84 20.5

Thursday Scores
Atlanta 7, Arizona 6, 10 innings
San Diego 6, Cincinnati 2
Chicago 6, Washington 4, 10 innings
Ron Williams

Ron Williams is the advisor, broadcaster, and sportswriter for the BBN, Badger Broadcasting Network. The BBN is a community club for high school students enrolled in the Prescott Unified School District.