Today: Jan 22 , 2020

D-Backs Win Final Home Game 7-2

27 September 2018  
Zack Greinke pitched six innings to pick up the win in the final home game of the season. Photo by Ron Williams

After being eliminated, Arizona takes two of three from L.A.

The Arizona Diamondbacks started off the 2018 season with high expectations, especially after the month of April. In fact, even after a dismal record in May, Arizona led the National League West. On Sunday, Arizona was officially eliminated from post season play.

So the only thing left to play for was to play the spoiler roll, as the Dodgers came to town for the final three home games of the season. After dropping the opener 7-4 on Monday, the D-Backs battled back to take the final two. A walk-off home run by Eduardo Escobar gave Arizona a 4-3 win on Tuesday.

Last night, a more convincing 7-2 win, was a very nice way to end the final home stand.

The D-Backs used the long ball three times last night. A.J. Pollock resembled his season opening month at the plate, with a triple and and a three run homer, his 21st of the year. Socrates Brito hit his first homer, and David Peralta drilled his career high 30th.

Zack Greinke was not dominating by any stretch of the imagination, but was able to get key outs to limit the damage to only a run in each of the first two innings. He gave up eight hits, struck out six and walked two.

The bullpen of Diekman, Ziegler, and Bradley each took an inning to close out the game, giving up just one hit in the process. Los Angeles managed only one extra base hit in the game. That was a double by Yasmani Grandal.

L.A. went up 1-0 on an RBI single by Cody Bellinger that scored Max Muncy. The Dodgers added their final run the next inning on a close play at the plate. Yasmani Grandal had doubled and scored on single by Ross Stripling. Catcher Jeff Mathis blocked the plate as he put the tag down, but after replay review, the call stood.

The D-Backs took a 3-2 lead in the third when Brito homered, followed by Nick Ahmed doubling in A.J. Pollock, after he had tripled. Zack Greinke helped his own cause with a single to center, scoring Ahmed.

A.J. Pollock's home run in the fifth, scored Eduardo Escobar and Paul Goldschmidt and the lead was 6-2.

David Peralta hit the final home run at Chase Field in the seventh inning for the final run.

Manager Torey Lovullo said, "That was a pretty special win considering what we have been walking through the past month. Our guys picked themselves up, and I am proud of that."

Meanwhile the Dodgers find themelves a half game back of the Rockies, who beat up the Philadelphia Phillies in a three game series in Colorado.

The D-Backs  will travel to San Diego to face the Padres for the final three games of the season, starting Friday night.

There are still two playoff spots up for grabs. Either the Dodgers or Rockies will win the west, but the Cardinals are very close behind. One of those three will be out. The dust will all be settled by Sunday night.

Innings -       123  456  789  -  R   H   E
Los Angeles 110  000  000   -  2   9   1
Arizona         030  030  10x   -  7  10  0
W: Greinke (15-11) L: Stripling (8-6) 
T: 3:14
Attendance: 31,149 

National League Standings

West                  W     L    GB
Colorado           88   70     -
Los Angeles      88   71     .5
Arizona              81  78    7.5
San Francisco   73  86   15.5
San Diego          64  95   24.5
Central              W     L     GB
xChicago            92  66     -
xMilwaukee       92  67     .5
St. Louis             87  72   5.5
Pittsburgh         80  77  11.5
Cincinnati          66  93  26.5
East                   W     L    GB
xAtlanta             89  69    -
Washington      81  78    8.5
Philadeplia       78  80   11
New York         74  84   15
Miami               62  96   27

x- Clinched playoff berth



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.