Daniel Descalso drops the mic, D-Backs win in walk-off
PHOENIX–Daniel Descalso walked off again in extra innings and the Diamondbacks beat the Phillies, 2-1 Sunday afternoon.
It was Descalso’s second walk-off this season, the first was a homer against Colorado, on April 30, in extras, that landed in the pool.
“I just wanted to go home,” Descalso said.”You have to want to be up in those spots, that’s why you’re out there playing. To be up with the game on the line, to be able to come through for your team. I’ve been able to do it a couple times this year so that’s fun,” Descalso said.
It was a quiet game, the D-Backs clearly a bit tired from the night before. Here’s how it all went down.
In the top of the second, Gregor Blanco made a diving catch to rob Odubel Herrera of a sure-fire RBI that has to be a lock for SportsCenter’s top ten plays or at least a Web Gem. “It was a key play. That was a winning moment that helped us preserve the score,” Manager Torey Lovullo said.
Fast forward to the bottom of the fourth, Nick Ahmed led the inning off with a double. The D-Backs are second in the Majors behind the Rockies in most runs in the fourth inning on average. Paul Goldschmidt hit an RBI single to left to start the scoring at 1-0. Goldy is currently third in All-Star Voting for the NL 1B spot.
Randall Delgado had a fine game, lasting five shutout innings giving up just four hits, walking one and striking out four. Thank goodness for Gregor Blanco.
Philadelphia outfielder Aaron Altherr WENT OFF. A three-hit day for him including a triple.
Rubby De La Rosa continued to show why Lovullo likes him so much. RDLR struck out two in his only inning of work in the top of the sixth. GUTSY TOO. Three straight sliders, three straight strikes, to Tommy Joseph to end the inning.
Top of the seventh, Andrew Chafin came in to relieve RDLR, and put two men on. Archie Bradley relieved HIM, and Howie Kendrick pinch-hit for the Phillies with two out. Kendrick hit a ball to shallow right field, Brandon Drury tried his best to make the catch, but couldn’t, and got banged up on the play. It allowed a run to score, tying the game at one apiece. Daniel Nava up, RISP, shift is on, couldn’t put the ball in play and the inning was over.
Freddy Galvis led things off with a single in the top of the eighth, but after that Bradley set them down 1-2-3 to end the inning.
Arizona had a chance to take the lead in the bottom of the eighth, with Jake Lamb pinch-hitting for Bradley and Jeff Mathis on base after doubling. Instead, the Phillies intentionally walked Lamb, bringing up Gregor Blanco. He struck out swinging.
In the top of the ninth, Fernando Rodney came in. Rodney’s last earned run came on May 1. First batter, Herrera. Eight pitch battle, strikeout swinging. Second batter, Andrew Knapp. Groundout. Third batter, Ty Kelly, seven-pitch battle resulting in a walk. Fourth batter, Brock Stassi. Groundout, inning over, streak extended.
Bottom of the ninth, Owings on, two out. Daniel Descalso has already hit one walk-off homer at Chase Field this year. He SMACKS a ball to center, looks GONE. Herrera made a great leaping catch at the wall, the inning ended, and Jorge De La Rosa came in to pitch.
Goldy did his part, getting on base in the bottom of the eleventh with two out. Owings up to bat, 12 pitches later off Phillies reliever Edubray Ramos, walks. So the clutch Descalso back up. Two men on. Two out. BANG! HE DOES IT AGAIN! FOR THE SECOND TIME THIS SEASON! D-Backs WIN!
“I was on every pitch, felt like I saw everything really well and ended up drawing a walk and told Descalso I tired him out for him,” Owings said.
“He’s had big at-bats on big platforms for many, many years,” Lovullo said of Descalso.
Up Next: Zack Greinke (8-4, 3.14 ERA) and the Diamondbacks take on Nick Pivetta (1-3, 4.46 ERA) and the Phillies in the fourth and final game of the series Monday at 12:40 P.M.
“The crowds that have been behind us over the past couple days have been very well received in the dugout,” Lovullo said. These guys have made several comments about the energy in the stadium. These fans are very engaged and we appreciate that. We know they’re there and we love seeing them,” Lovullo said.
You’ve Got To Be Kidding: With Maikel Franco’s double in the top of the second, 36% of his ML hits have gone for extra bases (109 of 302).
Golden Sombrero: Gregor Blanco struck out four times in Sunday’s game, earning him the elusive Sombrero.
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