D-Backs Pound Rockies 11-8, Advance To NLDS
The Arizona Diamondbacks finished 11 games behind the first place Los Angeles Dodgers with 93 wins this past summer, and after demolishing the Colorado Rockies in the Wild Card game on Wednesday night, they will now have a chance to take down the mighty Dodgers.
They took care of business by outscoring the Rockies 11-8, and also out-hitting them 17-13.
After a scoreless top of the first, Arizona went to work scoring three runs in the bottom of the frame on a three run bomb from Paul Goldschmidt.
But the Rockies chipped away at the lead scoring four runs in the top of the fourth, highlighted by RBI singles from Gerardo Parra and Alexi Amarista, mixed in with an RBI double off the bat of Jonathan Lucroy.
Then in the top of the seventh, the Rockies pulled within a run on a sac-bunt from Charlie Blackmon, scoring Lucroy to make the score 6-5.
In the bottom of the frame, an unlikely hero, right handed pitcher Archie Bradley, hit a two-run triple to give the D-Backs some breathing room at 8-5.
But once again the Rockies showed that they were not ready to hand over the game as Nolan Arenado and Trevor Story hit back-to-back homers in the top of the eighth to bring Colorado to within a run at 8-7.
The back and forth game continued in the bottom of the eighth when the D-Backs scored three runs on the teams fourth triple of the night, this time from A.J. Pollock scoring J.D. Martinez and Jake Lamb scored on an RBI single from Jeff Mathis.
The Rockies had one last life in them as they scored a run on an RBI single from Carlos Gonzalez, but didn’t have much left in the tank as Arenado hit into a force out ending the game and sending the D-Backs into the NLDS agaisnt the Dodgers.