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Game Of The Week: Yasmany Tomas Homers Twice As Arizona Tops Colorado In Wild 10-9 Win

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The “Game of the Week” hit the National League West this week as the Colorado Rockies (34-39) host the division rival Arizona Diamondbacks (36-40). Coors Field is known for a being a hitter friendly ballpark and on Friday night, it may have taken a few innings but the hitting frenzy ensued for both teams in what would end up being the longest nine inning National League game ever played in baseball at four hours and thirty minutes. But that wasn’t the only record that the game would break, both teams used a combined sixteen pitchers which would be the most in any nine inning game so far in the 2016 season.

Tyler Anderson took the start for the Colorado Rockies as Archie Bradley took the start for the Diamondbacks.

Jean Segura hit a leadoff single to center field off of Anderson in the top of the first. Michael Bourn then hit a single to right center field to put runner on first and second. Paul Goldschmidt was then intentionally walked to load the bases with no outs. Jake Lamb then hit a sac fly to send home Segura to give the D-Backs the 1-0 lead.

The Rockies then extended their lead to two runs as Segura then hit a RBI double to send home Chris Hermann in the top of th second.

Colorado got on the board in the bottom of the third which started with a leadoff single to right field by Charlie Blackmon. DJ LeMahieu and Nolan Arenado then cnsecutively walked to load the bases with no outs. Ryan Raburn hit a sac fly ro right field to send home Blackmon for a 2-1 ballgame.

Both bullpens however were then overused and fell apart as the game got very interesting. In the bottom of the sixth, LeMahieu was able to reach on a fielding error by the D-Backs’ Jake Lamb which also allowed the Rockies to get two runs home for a 3-2 game, their first lead of the night.

In the top of the seventh, Lamb redeemed himself for his error in the previous inning by hitting a two run triple on a line drive to left field. Lamb then scored after a RBI single by Chris Hermann but, it but it was a two run homer by Yasmany Tomas on a fly ball to center that gave Arizona the 8-3 lead.

In the bottom of the seventh however, the Rox had some offense up their sleeve as well. Mark Reynolds tacked one on as Nick Hundley hit aground ball  and a RBI single by Trevor Story then sent Hundley home for a 8-5 game.

In the bottom of the eighth Nolan Arenado started off a big inning for Colorado as he hit a RBI double on a line drive to center to cut the deficit to two runs. Arenado then scored after Cristhian Adames singled to make it just a 8-7 game, showing that Colorado wasn’t giving up without a fight. Arizona’s Randall Delgado then threw a wild pitch that would allow Nick Hundley to score and tie the game at eight runs a piece. Carlos Gonzalez then came in clutch as he hit a go ahead RBI double on a line drive to center to give the Rockies the 9-8 lead.

But, it was Yasmany Tomas’ second homer of the night in the top of the ninth that would once again tie the game and then a Michael Bourn hit which would end up being the game winning single that gave the D-Backs the 10-9 win.

With their third straight win the Arizona Diamondbacks now  pass the Colorado Rockies in the NL West standings by a half a game.

Starting Pitcher Stats:

Bradley worked five innings for the D-Backs, allowing five one run on five hits; walking four and striking outfive batters.

Anderson went five and two-third innings allowing two runs on eight hits; walking two but still striking out an impressive eight batters.

Bethany Cohen

Bethany Cohen

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