Originally posted on Fox Sports Wisconsin  |  Last updated 7/1/12
By ANDREW GRUMAN FOXSportsWisconsin.com Speed kills. It also changes how a team plays the game, just ask the Arizona Diamondbacks. When Brewers manager Ron Roenicke turned to Carlos Gomez to pinch run for Aramis Ramirez, it had the D-backs and their rookie left hander Patrick Corbin worried. That wasn't a surprise. Arizona watched Gomez' speed end its season in last year's National League Division Series, scoring the winning run in Game 5 from second base on a sharp single right at an outfielder. Different circumstances, but again the D-backs watched Gomez's blazing speed cost them a game. Corbin was so concerned about Gomez that he almost lost Corey Hart to a walk, before recovering to get the out. But with Rickie Weeks at the plate, Gomez took off. Knowing he had to be perfect with the throw, D-backs catcher Miguel Montero threw the ball away and with his speed and no hesitation, Gomez broke for third. Again, knowing he had to hurry and make a perfect throw to get Gomez at third, D-backs centerfielder Gerardo Parra threw the ball into the stands, allowing Gomez to walk home with the winning run in a 2-1 Brewers victory. "'Gomey' is exciting," Roenicke said. "When he is out there something is going to happen. They did a nice job throwing over a bunch of times to see if they could catch him and 'Gomey' did a good job getting a jump and make them rush the throw." To be exact, Corbin threw over nine times. He only threw 12 pitches to the plate in the inning. "It was starting to (tick) me off," Gomez said. "I don't like when they throw over that many times, I get tired." With Hart at the plate and nobody out, Gomez said he was just trying to increase his lead and keep Corbin focused on him, hoping he would make a mistake to Hart. He also was trying to find anything that would help him read Corbin's move. "He was throwing over by himself, nobody was telling him to," Gomez said. "I tried to see signs if he was going to throw over and I didn't see nothing." After Hart flew out, Gomez knew he had to make something happen. He had had enough, he was going to go no matter what. "In that situation, you are the fastest guy on the team, they expect you are going to run," Gomez said. "You have to watch the move every time and when you've got it, you have to go. You can't be the first out of a double play, you have to get thrown out or steal the bag." When Gomez saw that Montero's throw was going wide of the bag, he immediately reacted and broke for third. Not many guys in baseball would have even attempted to run on Parra, who has one of the best outfield arms in all of baseball. But again, not many guys can score from first to end a game without the benefit of an extra base hit. In fact, Roenicke has never seen a game end like that. But Gomez has, because he's done it. In 2010 in a game against the Cubs, Gomez went first to third on a sacrifice bunt from Craig Counsell and scored on a wild throw. In baseball, anything can happen when Gomez' speed messes with an opponent's head, even walk-off sacrifice bunts with a man on first and scoring on a stolen base and two errors.
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