NL Wild Card Game: Diamondbacks Triple up the Rockies

The NL Wild Card game between the Arizona Diamondbacks and the Colorado Rockies took place Wednesday — the two teams played each other 19 times this season, with the series marked at 11 wins for Arizona and 8 wins for Colorado. So, with a series so closely matched, we knew we were in for a good game. But early on it did not appear that it was going to go that way. It’s funny that the game would ultimately end in the same score (11-8) as the 19 games were split, 11-8.

It all started in the bottom of the first inning when Paul Goldschmidt hit his three-run homer off of starter Jon Gray, who Goldschmidt had been 0-17 against. If you take a look at the replay he appears to miss-hit this ball and still gets enough of it to get it out. Ketel Marte got the triple party started as he hit one of his two triples in the bottom of the 2nd. Little did the Diamondbacks know, this would be the start of a historic night for triples, as they set the playoff record for triples in a game with four. In the bottom of the 3rd, Daniel Descalco would add two more runs on a home run that would push the lead to 6-0 in favor of Arizona. You would think that would be enough to make Colorado disappear into the thin air of Arizona, but they didn’t go down without a fight.

The top of the 4th saw Colorado send eight batters to the plate — of which four scored to cut the lead down to 6-4. Noticeably missing from the inning was MVP-hopeful Nolan Arrenado, who grounded into a fielder’s choice and would later score on Gerardo Parra’s RBI Single.

In the top of the 7th, the Rockies would inch closer on a sacrifice bunt to make the score 6-5. In the bottom of the 7th, though Arizona would allow pitcher (that’s right a pitcher named Archie Bradley) to hit and he delivered a  two-RBI triple to extend Arizona’s lead to 8-5.

Top of the 8th inning and MVP hopeful Arrenado finally got on the board, hitting a solo home run. Not to be outdone by Arrenado, Trevor Story hit a homer, making that back-to-back jacks while making the score 8-7.

Once again Arizona found a way to answer with yet another triple, this time by AJ Pollock, which would plate two more runs to make the score 10-7. Then Jeff Mathis would single and score Pollock to bring the score to a tally of 11-7.

In the 9th, Rodney came in to pitch for the Diamondbacks, giving up two hits: one to Cargo, making the score 11-8 in the NL Wild Card Game. But it wasn’t enough as the Diamondbacks would win the game by the same amount they won the regular season series, 11-8.

The Diamondbacks go on to face another familiar foe in the Los Angeles Dodgers. Stay tuned for a preview of that series.

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