The Arizona Diamondbacks are headed to the NLDS. After watching the Yankees and Twins battle it out, I had high expectations for the NL Wild Card game and it did not disappoint!
This is how it all went down:
The game looked to be over pretty early on. Rockies’ starter Jon Gray went just 1.1 innings and gave up four runs, including Paul Goldschmidt with a three-run blast. Arizona then added two more in the bottom of the 3rd thanks to a two-run home run off the bat of Daniel Descalso.
Then, with the Diamondbacks up 6-0, the Rockies came back in the top of the fourth to put four runs on the board and run Zack Greinke off the mound!
So #Dbacks Zack Greinke finishes with a line of: 3.2 6H 4 R 4ER 1BB 1SO
58 pitches/37 strikes
— Steve Gilbert (@SteveGilbertMLB) October 5, 2017
Then the Diamondbacks would break Twitter by bringing in Robbie Ray to pitch 2.1 innings, which is big news for Dodgers fans. Everybody expected Ray to start game one of the NLDS should Arizona advance, but we will have to wait and see after he threw a total of 34 pitches in Wednesday’s game. He was pulled in the top of the 7th with one out and a runner on third and replaced by Jorge De La Rosa. Charlie Blackmon then laid down a bunt and was almost safe, but at least he scored a run to put the Rockies within one run. Archie Bradley would come in to close out the inning.
Then the unthinkable happened. In the bottom of the 7th, Archie Bradley came up to bat with two runners on and hit a two-run triple, putting Arizona up 8-5. Unfortunately for the Rockies, Nolan Arenado and Trevor Story would go back-to-back, which would have put them in the lead if not for that triple by Bradley. Instead, it put them within one again with a score of 8-7.
— Bleacher Report (@BleacherReport) October 5, 2017
Just to be safe, the Diamondbacks put up three more runs in the bottom of the 8th to give them a comfortable lead of 11-7. Fernando Rodney would come in for the top of the 9th to close things out and, after giving up one run, he would do just that. The Diamondbacks will head to Los Angeles to face the Dodgers in the NLDS after beating the Rockies 11-8.
Dodgers Nation ran polls on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram, and all results showed that fans would have much rather preferred to face the Rockies in the NLDS. Unfortunately, they will not be getting that. However, in order to be the best you have to play the best, right? The Diamondbacks showed on Wednesday just how good they are, which also hurts them. The game went on for almost four hours so hopefully the Dodgers were able to scout it thoroughly and find some holes in Arizona’s game.
Game one of the NLDS is on Friday at 7:31 p.m. PT with Clayton Kershaw on the mound. We will see if the Diamondbacks stick with Robbie Ray, which seems highly unlikely, or if they decide to use somebody else. Regardless, the NLDS is going to be one bumpy ride!
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