Before we head into the recap, Former Mountain Pointe Star Cole Tucker chatted with Jody Jackson of Fox Sports Arizona:
Sure he plays for the @Pirates, but we can be happy for @cotuck since he was a lifelong @Dbacks fan, right?— FOX Sports Arizona (@FOXSPORTSAZ) April 22, 2019
The 1st round pick from @mtpbaseball hit his first @MLB home run this past weekend and told @Jody Jackson all about his rise from Phoenix! pic.twitter.com/Msdn9zaeK7
First off let me just say it feels good to be back fellow SnakePitters!
Okay, now we recap!
The first two innings of the game were not too eventful as a double off of the bat for David Peralta was the only sign off excitement that came from the Diamondbacks. The bottom of the first was troublesome for Zack Godley as a walk, single and another walk caused a mound visit. Godley would get Colin Moran to chase a 80.9 mph knuckle curve for the second out of the inning and Bryan Reynolds grounded out to end the inning. The story of the second revolved around men left on base. The D-Backs left two on, while Cole Tucker was stranded after his double.
Now, we get to the fun stuff! Eduardo Escobar donated a 91.4 mph fastball to souvenir city which gave the boys in Sedona Red a short lived lead. The Pirates would answer back with a Gregory Polanco leadoff walk, a Colin Moran double, and a line drive single by Elias Diaz.
.@escobarmaracay bombs this one to right field and the @Dbacks take the lead in the 3rd!— FOX Sports Arizona (@FOXSPORTSAZ) April 23, 2019
Watch the rest of the game on FOX Sports Arizona or stream on the FS GO App here: https://t.co/USZ0CjDmOz#RattleOn pic.twitter.com/dfMynpdH0K
The fourth inning was a classic, six up six down affair for both pitchers.
The fifth inning was where the wheels appeared to have fallen off. As the boys went 1-2-3, the Pirates did not. A double by Gregory Polanco got the inning started while Josh Bell dropped a hammer to center field that resulted in a triple. Colin Moran’s single gave the Bucco’s 2 runs. Bryan Reynolds was the first batter new pitcher Matt Andriese faced which resulted in a double. Andriese would get Elias Diaz to ground out and was able to retire 2 of his next 3 batters.
An Adam Jones double was the only meaningful play in the 6th inning.
What do the Adams Family and this 7th inning have in common? They were both creepy and cooky (please forgive me). A Wilmer Flores walk gave the inning the start it needed. Nick Ahmed and John Ryan Murphy were able to get on with newly acquired Blake Swihart pinch-hitting for Matt Andriese.
While most will give Blake Swihart a “single” it was actually a mental error by the Bucco’s catcher. As he was unable to step on the plate for the force out, Wilmer Flores was able to score and everyone was safe.
So, um, yeah you still have to touch the base there ok ♂️. But thank you for the run pic.twitter.com/4px1FtkWgt— FOX Sports Arizona (@FOXSPORTSAZ) April 23, 2019
Eduardo Escobar brought in JRM and the craziness continued. David Peralta dropped the barrel on the ball and drove in Jarrod Dyson, Blake Swihart and Eduardo Escobar. The Diamondbacks were not done as Christian Walker also wanted to donate to souvenir city by clubbing an 87.2 mph slider from Nick Burdi to right field.
Ketel Marte would enter the game at second, while Wilmer Flores moved to first as Mario’s favorite pitcher Yoshi Hirano came into the game. A 1-2-3 bottom of the 7th fully shifted the momentum back into the Diamondbacks favor.
The Diamondbacks decided to bring the barrels out yet again and notch 4 in the top of the 8th. Nick Ahmed, JRM, and Ketel Marte all singled causing Fransisco Liriano to enter the game. The change was not too productive at Jarrod Dyson walked which was followed by a single by Eduardo Escobar which scored JRM. Adam Jones and Ildemaro Vargas both singled bringing in 2 more runs. The Pirates could not get anything going off of Yoan Lopez as we went into the 9th inning.
J.B. Shuck was bringing the cheddar as he was able to get the first two batters in the top of the 9th. Jarrod Dyson reached on an infield single and Shuck then walked the next batter. Shuck was able to get a fly out of Caleb Joseph to end the inning.
Positive: Eduardo Escobar 24.1%, David Peralta 37.1%, John Ryan Murphy 10.9%, Blake Swihart 14.0%.
Negative: Zack Godley -25.9%.
Positive: Gregory Polanco 13.5%, Josh Bell 14.6%
Negative: Nick Burdi -13.9%, Kyle Crick -68.1%, Adam Frazier -10.7%
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Matt Koch entered the contest to face the heart of the to end the ballgame. A high fly to Jarrod Dyson had Gregory Polanco accounting for the first out of the inning. A high 3-2- pitch got Josh Bell to sky a fly ball to Adam Jones. Colin Moran was able to put together a quality at bat, which resulted in Moran taking a great pitch on the inside corner.
This Win was much needed as Archie Bradley’s meltdown became old news. The ability for this team to bounce back in a huge way will hopefully continue as the season progresses.