"I told him I didn't care if he struck out three more times, he was going to win the game tonight," Gibson said. "You've just got to move on. For me, just trying to get him to move on and chill out."
-Kirk Gibson on Aaron Hill's walk-off
"That situation is a big momentum swing when that happens," Thatcher said. "It's hard to do. It doesn't happen very often. You've just got to be aggressive and make pitches. It's kind of nice when you get ready in a hurry sometimes where you don't even have time to think about the situation you're getting into. You just get loose and the next thing you know you're out there."
"I thought it was good baserunning, I thought it was good coaching. And then an even better play. That was a really good throw. Two outs, you got to go. I was yelling the whole way, even when he was out."
Wade Miley had a rough start. Addison Reed blew the save. Paul Goldschmidt went 1/7 in the game, including leaving the winning run on base with less than two outs in both the 11th and 14th. Despite all of this, the Diamondbacks managed to beat the Cleveland Indians a bit past midnight this morning.
After the ball caromed off the back wall and the back of Ender Inciarte's head, Jason Kipnis was waved home with two outs in the top of the 13th inning. The decision allowed Gregorius to show off the strong arm he is renowned for. What appeared to be a sure score wound up with Kipnis out by 10 feet.
Miley only goes 4+ innings, Reed blows a save, the team falls behind in extras, and the game ties the record for the longest ever played (by time) in Chase Field history. There are probably more than a few interesting tidbits of minutiae to be gleaned from the outing.
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