What the hell, Diamondbacks.
The game started with a bit of panic, and it ended with a bit of panic. At least in the middle I could relax and plan my dinner tomorrow of a Jumbo Jack and 3 Taco Bell tacos.
Zack Grienke had a little bit of a shaky start, giving up 3 runs in the first 2 innings before settling down a bit. He still was only able to go 5 2/3 innings, though, causing Chip Hale to go to his bullpen earlier than one would hope.
The Rockies scored their first 2 runs in the first with the 3 guys who figure heavily into my current Rockies nightmares: Blackmon, Arenado, and Story. Blackmon and Arenado each hit a double, the latter being an RBI knock, and then Story followed up with a single to bring Nolan in. The Rockies would extend their early lead in the 2nd with a Mark Reynolds home run (RIP Mark Week).
Luckily Grienke's bat was ready to go, and he responded by hitting a single in the top of the third to set the table for Socrates Brito, who would hit a 2 run shot to set me up for a Jumbo Jack tomorrow. Lamb would also get a 2 run homer in the same inning, giving the Diamondbacks a lead they wouldn't surrender.
I was worried, though, that I wouldn't get that happy ending. I started outlining the basics of the recap at the top of the 8th, when the game was still 6-3 in favor of the Diamondbacks. And then the bottom of the 8th happened.
I won't recap the bloody details, but basically Daniel Hudson got clapt up, giving up 3 runs on a slew of singles before handing the ball off to Brad Ziegler. The closer didn't do himself any favors by walking the first batter he faced, but Ziegler locked it down with 2 straight strike outs, and allowing the Diamondbacks to escape with only a 6-6 tie.
In the top of the 9th the Diamondbacks found themselves in a 2 out hole with no one on base. Lamb stepped up again, though, getting a single. Herrmann then followed Lamb a infield single of his own. Ahmed would finally get the winning run by knocking a single up the middle to bring home Lamb, and set up the series opening win.
Remain: Nick Ahmed (34.2%)
Leave: Daniel Hudson (-40.2%)
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Tomorrow the Diamondbacks play the Rockies again, first pitch at 5:30pm Arizona Time.