As the Arizona Diamondbacks have stumbled out of the starting blocks, it’s been clear that they have lacked something present in the franchise’s successful teams of the past.
From 2007’s “anybody, anytime” mantra to 2011’s slew of comeback wins and late-inning rallies, Arizona’s playoff-quality teams have tended to find a way to snatch victory from the jaws of defeat rather than the other way around.
The 2014 version of the D-backs got to taste that on Wednesday at Chase Field against the Colorado Rockies — at least for one night.
Arizona rallied for two runs in the bottom of the ninth then Miguel Montero launched a home run deep into the right-field bleachers to lead off the 10th to hand the D-backs a 5-4 win and avoid their fifth straight loss.
The D-backs’ late-inning magic seen on Wednesday has been missing for much of the year. But they managed to mount a two-out rally before Martin Prado tied the game in the ninth with a bases-loaded single up the middle.
Paul Goldschmidt then struck out to end the frame, but Montero came up with his big hit to lead off the 10th.
Here’s a closer look at the win, by the numbers:
Montero’s blast off of Colorado’s Tommy Kahnle marked the catcher’s first career walk-off hit.
D-backs closer Addison Reed earned his first win with the team since being acquired in an offseason trade, bringing his record to 1-2. He has converted six of seven save opportunities this season.
The D-backs scored both of their ninth-inning runs with two outs. Chris Owings hit a pinch-hit, two-out double to keep the inning alive before Gerardo Parra was hit by a pitch to load the bases. Prado then delivered his two-run single to send the game to extras.
The D-backs are now 3-0 in extra innings this season.
D-backs starter-turned-reliever Trevor Cahill has now made a scoreless appearance in four of his last five outings, with the lone exception occurring after he entered a game in the middle of an inning for the only time this year.
The Rockies jumped out to an early 4-0 lead, thanks to Carlos Gonzalez’s two-run homer in the first and pitcher Jordan Lyles’ solo shot in the third. But then the D-backs scored five unanswered — including four in the eighth inning or later.
Colorado third baseman Nolan Arenado has now put together a 20-game hitting streak, the longest active streak in the majors.
The Arizona pitching staff has given up a whopping 36 home runs this season, the most in the major leagues.