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.
National League Standings
x- Clinched playoff berth