Watch: D-backs’ Christian Walker hits moonshot, flashes leather vs. Reds

Jun 13, 2022, 9:22 PM | Updated: Jun 14, 2022, 7:57 am
Christian Walker #53 of the Arizona Diamondbacks hits a two-run home run against the Cincinnati Red...
Christian Walker #53 of the Arizona Diamondbacks hits a two-run home run against the Cincinnati Reds during the third inning of the MLB game at Chase Field on June 13, 2022 in Phoenix, Arizona. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
(Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

Arizona Diamondbacks first baseman Christian Walker got the better of Cincinnati Reds first baseman Joey Votto in Monday night’s 5-4 loss at Chase Field.

Walker started things off with a mammoth two-run home run to open the scoring in the bottom of the third inning, giving Arizona a 2-0 lead.

The big fly is Walker’s 16th on the year, making him top-five in the National League. It also brings him to 30 RBIs on the season.

Walker’s blast had an exit velocity of 111 mph and traveled 446 feet over the left field foul pole. It was even challenged by Reds manager David Bell — unsuccessfully, of course.

The D-backs first baseman wasn’t done putting his fingerprints on the ballgame, however, as Walker flashed the leather on the defensive side of the diamond as well.

With the Reds up 5-4, one out, runners on first and second and Votto at the plate, the left-handed hitter smoked a ball off Diamondbacks right-handed reliever J.B. Wendelken.

But the quick reactions of Walker snagged the line drive out of the air and then easily lofted the ball to second base to turn the inning-ending double play.

Walker finished the night 1-for-2 with a home run, two RBIs, two walks and a run scored, while Votto was 0-for-3 with a walk.

Arizona Diamondbacks

A view of the draft board and stage after the selection of Druw Jones as the second pick overall du...
Arizona Sports

Evaluators rank D-backs farm system among top in majors

The Arizona Diamondbacks have been prevalent on top prospects lists, and their farm system has been ranked near the top of the league.
2 days ago
(Twitter Photo/@RonnieGajownik)...
Alex Weiner

D-backs High-A manager Ronnie Gajownik tells story of hiring

Ronnie Gajownik, the first woman manager at High-A, was told the news by Josh Barfield at the Arizona Fall League.
3 days ago
Jordan Lawlar #1 of the National League throws for the third out in the fourth inning during the Si...
Alex Weiner

D-backs top prospects Jordan Lawlar, Brandon Pfaadt among 28 NRIs to MLB camp

The Arizona Diamondbacks on Friday announced 28 non-roster invitees to attend Major League camp in Spring Training.
4 days ago
Corbin Carroll #7 of the Arizona Diamondbacks warms up before batting in the third inning of the ML...
Alex Weiner

D-backs OF Corbin Carroll ranked MLB’s No. 1 prospect by The Athletic’s Keith Law

Arizona Diamondbacks outfielder Corbin Carroll landed in the No. 1 spot on Keith Law's board after came in second on MLB Pipeline.
5 days ago
General view of action as starting pitcher Merrill Kelly #29 of the Arizona Diamondbacks pitches ag...
Austin Scott

2023 MLB Draft Combine is coming to Chase Field

The third installation of the MLB Draft Combine will take place at Chase Field, showcasing over 300 draft-eligible players.
6 days ago
Arizona Diamondbacks pitcher Archie Bradley points to a teammate after the team's 3-2 victory over ...
Arizona Sports

The Ain’t No Fang Podcast: D-backs should reunite with Archie Bradley, Andrew Chafin

Going into the offseason, one of the top priorities for the Arizona Diamondbacks was to improve the bullpen.
6 days ago
Watch: D-backs’ Christian Walker hits moonshot, flashes leather vs. Reds