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D-backs 4, Reds 3: Chris Owings Ends Alumni Weekend in 2001 Style

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Record: 54-56. Pace: 80-82. Change on 2015: +6.

For the third straight game, the Dbacks face a starting pitcher they've never faced before. This time it was Anthony DeSclafini. A lot of good things happened for the Dbacks today. Paul Goldschmidt had a slump-buster with 3 hits and a walk and Peralta decided that making outs was not an option today with a 5 for 5 game. Even Salty had a solid game with a RBI single and a critical sacrifice bunt in the 10th. The bullpen was excellent today with David Hernandez pitching the Dbacks out of a mess in the 7th and Daniel Hudson pitching out of his own mess in the 8th. Without the bullpen, the walk off is not possible. Some questionable baserunning happened at the end of the game, which is something Chip Hale will remind his team moving forward.

Patrick Corbin quickly set the tone on the mound by striking out the fastest and worst lead-off hitter in baseball, Billy Hamilton, looking then getting two groundouts. In the bottom of the first the Dbacks scored in the first inning for the third straight game as Goldschmidt drove in Pollock with a double down the LF line. Like any good pitcher, Corbin backed that up with another 1-2-3 inning that included a strikeout of Eugenio Suarez and AJ Pollock running down Jay Bruce's bid for an extra base hit. Then things turned sour in the 4th. Hamilton led off with a double then scored on a Marlon Byrd single after Corbin lost the strike zone a bit. Then a bobbled ball at 3B resulted in a 2nd run scoring when they couldn't turn the 5-4-3 double play.

The Dbacks responded with two runs of their own in the 5th. Following an Inciarte single and Pollock double play ball, the middle of the order went to work. Goldschmidt ripped a single up the middle, Peralta whacked a ball into the left-center gap for a RBI double, then Salty finished the inning with a RBI single before TOOTBLANing. Corbin had a 1-2-3 6th inning, but Chip Hale got burned for leaving him in too long in the 7th after giving up back-to-back doubles to Suarez and Ivan DeJesus Jr. After bringing in Chafin, he gets Tucker Barnhart to pop up a bunt that Salty made a sprawling grab on in foul territory.

With Todd Frazier announced, Hale then went to David Hernandez. Hernandez disposed of Frazier and Hamilton quickly to keep the game tied. The bottom of the 7th had a runner in scoring position for Goldschmidt, but he struck out looking on some questionable strike calls. The Reds immediately put up a threat in the top of the 8th with a leadoff double and a groundout to second, but Hudson struck out Bruce and induced a ground ball to the mound to end the threat. The bottom of the 8th, the Dbacks put up another threat with two lefty on lefty singles. However, the righties did not pull their weight and the go-ahead run was stranded at 3rd.

The Dbacks sent out Brad Ziegler to save a tie in the 9th inning. In life, there are three certain things in life: Death, taxes, and Brad Ziegler getting the job done. The Dbacks had been putting up threats, but went down without a wimper in the 9th against the the appropriately named Jumbo Diaz. Josh Collmenter went out for the 10th to face the top 3 hitters in the lineups. Collmenter picked up where he left off last year when he faced the minimum in a complete-game shutout and set down all 3 Reds hitters rather easily. That set the stage for a potential walk off win with the great Paul Goldschmidt and the white-hot David Peralta leading off the inning.

In the 10th inning, Goldschmidt worked a leadoff walk and Peralta singled for his 5th hit of the day. With two on and no out, the Dbacks opted to have Salty bunt. He got the job done and set up a 2nd and 3rd situation with 1 out for another hot hitter in Jake Lamb. The Reds intentionally walked him to set up a potential double play as well as a force out at home plate. Like in Game 7 of the 2001 World Series, Chris Owings came up with the bases loaded and the winning run at 3rd. Normally, Owings doesn't inspire a lot of confidence at the plate for Dbacks fans but he was swinging the bat well today with 3 consecutive lineouts in his 3 previous ABs. Owings channeled his inner Gonzo and drove home the winning run, except he hit it about 200 feet farther than Gonzo did. It counts for the same.

At the end of the game, the Reds tried to appeal to all 3 bases since Lamb and Peralta did not advance before celebrating the win. As a biased fan, I say the Reds forfeited that right when they didn't chase after the ball as it went through the outfield. The security guard picked up the ball, assuming that the Reds gave up and threw it back to Hamilton. Since the security guy doesn't wear a Reds uniform, that should be a dead ball and the Dbacks win. Now it's time to watch some old men and Dbacks players I never had the privilege of watching as a fan scrimmage against each other. Go Team Gracie!!!

Bells and whistles, by Jim

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Randy Johnson: A.J. Pollock, +39.3%
Luis Gonzalez: Ziegler, +13.8%; Collmenter, +13.8%;
Hernandez, +12.3%; Goldschmidt +11.2%; Hudson, +10.7%
Russ Ortiz: Patrick Corbin, -21.4%
Bernard Gilkey: Pollock, -18.9%; Ahmed, -11.5%

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The team now waits for the arrival of the Phillies, who just completed a sweep of the Padres. Rubby De La Rosa starts for the D-backs tomorrow, first pitch at 6:40pm.