"If it goes in the air, the first thing you think of is to freeze," Ross said. "But I saw the trajectory and how soft it was hit and got a good read. Fortunately, it fell in and I ended up scoring the run."
- Cody Ross on scoring the game winning run
"I think we did show some character tonight. They brought in Kimbrel, that's no easy task. We stayed aggressive, we went first pitch on him, tried to get the guy in scoring position and Aaron Hill comes off the bench with an awesome at-bat."
- Kirk Gibson
The D-backs rode a roller coaster of emotions Saturday night before finally beating the Braves, 4-3, at Chase Field. Gerardo Parra's one-out broken-bat, bloop single in the bottom of the 11th proved to be the game-winner as Cody Ross came around from second to score on the hit.
Gerardo Parra's bloop single brought Cody Ross home from second in the 11th inning to give the Arizona Diamondbacks a 4-3 victory over the Atlanta Braves on Saturday night. One night after he set the Braves franchise record for career saves, Craig Kimbrel blew his third of the season in 19 opportunities.
Here's a closer look at the walk-off win, by the numbers.
Regardless of how the last two days went, the D-backs may have walked away with the steal of the Draft in the first hour. With their first pick -- No. 16 overall -- the D-backs took high school right-hander Touki Toussaint out of Coral Springs (Fla.) Christian Academy. MLB.com ranked Toussaint No. 8 in this year's Top 200 Draft prospects.
The third and final day of the Major League Baseball's 2014 First-Year Player Draft took place on Saturday, and the Arizona Diamondbacks have 30 new names to add to their organizational roster.
The Diamondbacks don't seem to be in much of a hurry to reactivate veteran reliever J.J. Putz from the disabled list. Putz has been on the DL since May 6 with right forearm tightness, but threw in back-to-back games with Triple-A Reno on Thursday and Friday.
David Peralta has a closed left-handed stance, a quick and aggressive swing and — so far, at least — a tendency to spray hits from center field to right field.
The matchup of starting pitchers in the finale of the three-game series between the Braves and D-backs on Sunday at Chase Field is between two right-handers who weren't even on their respective rosters until Spring Training turned into the regular season.
Not much has gone right for Randall Delgado this season. He began the year in the rotation but pitched his way out of it. His stint in the bullpen hasn't been much better. But his performance in the 11th inning in Saturday night's 4-3 win over the Atlanta Braves served as a reminder of what the Diamondbacks saw him in when they acquired him as part of the Justin Upton trade last year.
After three days, 40 rounds and more than 1,200 picks, the 2014 First-Year Player Draft concluded Saturday. The final day was comprised of Rounds 11-40 and put 900 players in position to take the next step on their baseball journeys.