D-backs’ Christian Walker outsmarts Pirates with cheeky double play
Jun 4, 2022, 2:01 PM | Updated: 5:35 pm
The ole’ 3-4-6-4 double play. Textbook baseball.
Arizona Diamondbacks first baseman Christian Walker made a heads-up play in Saturday’s 2-1 loss to the Pittsburgh Pirates at PNC Park.
Why only get one out when you can get two?
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With Pirates DH Michael Chavis on first in the bottom of the second inning of a scoreless ballgame, Pittsburgh shortstop Rodolfo Castro hit a high pop-up on the infield off D-backs starting pitcher Zach Davies.
Walker immediately called for it, forcing Chavis to retreat to first while the first baseman camped underneath the towering pop-up.
Castro, however, didn’t hustle down the first-base line, which allowed Walker to let the ball drop and toss it to D-backs second baseman Ketel Marte — who was covering first — to get Castro on a forceout for the first out of the double play.
And with Chavis now caught in between first and second as a result of Walker’s sharp thinking, a quick rundown that only required two throws — one from Arizona shortstop Geraldo Perdomo and another from Marte — the second baseman was able to tag Chavis to complete the 3-4-6-4 DP for those keeping score at home.
The D-backs go for the series win over the Pirates on Sunday at 10:35 a.m. on 98.7 FM Arizona’s Sports Station.
Arizona RHP Zac Gallen (4-0, 2.32 ERA) is scheduled to start against Pittsburgh RHP Zach Thompson (2-4, 5.18 ERA).