Ross had a four hit night in the D-Backs win. (@bretthansen5, Twitter)
The Diamondbacks continued their success in extra inning games and with Patrick Corbin on the mound as they were able to hold on for a 8-6 victory in 12 innings over the Los Angeles Dodgers on Wednesday night.
Like they did the night before, Arizona was able to get out to an early with a three-run fourth. Martin Prado and Didi Gregorius had back-to-back RBI singles and then Cliff Pennington grounded into a double play to score another to give Arizona a 3-0 lead.
Corbin was cruising through the first four innings, but hit a speed bump in the fifth. The Dodgers had four straight hits and brought a total of four runs across the plate before the inning came to an end.
After nearly tying it up in the sixth, the D-Backs even things up with a RBI single from Miguel Montero. Both teams remained scoreless until the 12th inning when the Snakes put together a big rally.
Prado began the four-run inning with a RBI ground rule double. After an intentional walk to Gregorius, Montero scored on a single from Pennington. Gerardo Parra closed out the scoring with a clutch, two-run single with two outs.
Of course, Heath Bell had to make things interesting in the bottom half of the inning like he’s done for most of the year. The D-Backs closer allowed a home run, a single and a walk to the first three batters, but was able to settle down and hold on.
Now for some takeaways.
-After last night’s brawl, it was no surprise that things were quiet tonight. I’m sure both teams were warned before first pitch that if anything happen, there would be immediate departures from the game. Now, that’s not to say something won’t happen when these two teams face one another next series. I’m almost certain something will.
-Staying on the topic of Tuesday’s festivities, suspensions have not yet been handed down by the league. As far as D-Backs players are concerned, I expected Ian Kennedy to miss 10 games or two starts. Look for Kirk Gibson to miss a few games as well.
-Paul Goldschmidt is struggling a bit right now, but others have stepped up in his place. Montero had four hits tonight and now his batting average up to .218. Cody Ross also had four hits and seems to be getting out of a slump of his own. Good teams have other players step up when their star is going through a rough stretch and that’s exactly what is happening with this club at the moment.
-Real nice job of bouncing back by David Hernandez this evening. He looked just awful last night and seemed to be afraid to throw in the inner half of the plate due to the threat of possibly getting kicked out if he hit anyone. That wasn’t the case tonight as Hernandez allowed only one hit over two innings while keeping the game tied at four heading into extras.
-This team remains perfect in games pitched by Corbin this season. That wasn’t even happening during the days of Johnson/Schilling. The Snakes also continue to play good ball in extra inning games. They are now 8-2 when games go past the ninth inning, which includes six wins on the road. Talk about impressive.
Arizona will have a travel day tomorrow before facing the Padres in San Diego on Friday night. Trevor Cahill will open up the series for the D-Backs. He will be opposed by lefty Eric Stults.
Kevin is a 24-year-old Mesa resident who graduated from Arizona State University cum laude with a degree in Political Science back in 2011. He began writing for his high school newspaper his senior year and continued on writing at Mesa Community College. You can follow him on Twitter @KevinBonneville.
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