How do you spell ‘walk-off’ in Spanish? M-a-r-c-h-a-r-s-e.
Or looking it up in the Arizona Diamondbacks’ dictionary, it’s Y-a-s-m-a-n-y T-o-m-a-s.
Sitting on a 1-1 count, Tomas lined ex-D-back Trevor Cahill’s 92-mph slider into left field to bring home Chris Owings ahead of Jorge Soler’s throw to give the D-backs a 3-2 win over the Chicago Cubs in front of an announced crowd of 27,539 at Chase Field on Friday.
It was Tomas’ first career walk-off hit and it evened the series at a game apiece.
The D-backs scored three unanswered runs to rally from an early 2-0 deficit.
Paul Goldschmit had RBI singles in both the sixth and eighth innings; the latter of which took starter Robbie Ray off the hook.
Making his 2016 debut, Ray logged a quality start, the first of the season by a D-backs starter; yet was unable to log a victory, leaving the rotation winless through its first turn.
Ray allowed two runs on four hits in six innings. He walked four, hit a batter and struck out three.
All four walks were issued in the third, when the Cubs scored twice — Jason Heyward and Ben Zobrist RBIs –without the benefit of a base hit.
Goldschmidt went 2-for-4, while Jean Segura added three more hits. That gives the new D-backs second baseman 11 hits through five games, which matches the D-backs record for hits to start a season (also: Gerardo Parra in 2013).
Brad Ziegler earned the win, as the bullpen pitched three scoreless innings.
Again, all he does is hit. Segura wasted little time in extending his season-opening hitting streak to five straight games as he ripped a 1-1 fastball off the batter’s eye in center field for a leadoff double. He just missed a home run, which would’ve given him three in his past five at-bats, as the ball hit the yellow line, keeping it in-play. Later in the sixth inning, Segura stroked a single to center, becoming the first player in D-backs history to record multiple hits in each of his first five games of the season.
Just your typical 3-2-5-2-6-9 inning-ending double play to finish the fifth. You read that right. With runners on first and third and one out, Anthony Rizzo hit a sharp ground ball to Goldschmidt who threw home to catch Fowler in a rundown. Once Fowler was tagged out, Nick Ahmed fired the ball across the diamond to David Peralta covering first base. Peralta, the right fielder, applied the tag on Rizzo who had wandered off the bag. It was the second double play recorded by the D-backs.
Smart baserunning led to the D-backs first run of the game. After a leadoff single to open the sixth inning, Segura stole second—his second stolen base of the season—advanced to third on Socrates Brito’s fly ball to right and crossed home plate on Goldschmidt’s base hit up the middle. For Segura, it was his fifth run scored of the season, tying him with Ahmed for team-high honors. Goldschmidt, by the way, swung at the first pitch he saw, connecting on a 90-mph fastball to end the shutout bid.
Two innings later, Segura, Brito and Goldschmidt once again teamed up to plate a second D-backs run. This time Segura lined a one-out double to right-center field, advanced to third on Brito’s ground out to third and scored on Goldschmidt’s single to center. That’s now a team-best six runs scored for Segura, breaking a tie with Ahmed. Goldschmidt was pitched to despite both first and second base open. It was a 95 mph fastball on a 2-2 count that Pedro Strop offered up.
After facing the minimum through two innings, Ray pitched to seven batters in the third, walking four, one in which scored. At one point, Ray threw six straight balls. He lost Heyward on a 3-2 fastball to force in David Ross (walk) for the first run of the inning. The next batter, Zobrist, hit into a fielder’s choice to bring in the second run. All things considered, Ray, who threw 18 of his 29 pitches in the inning for balls, was fortunate to allow just the two runs.
On his fourth at-bat, Dexter Fowler was finally retired by the D-backs. It was Tyler Clippard who coaxed the Cubs center fielder into grounding out to second. The play ended Fowler’s streak of reaching base safely at seven straight plate appearances. He had ended Thursday night’s game with a triple, walk, infield single and walk and then began tonight’s action with a single, walk and double. Fowler finished 2-for-3, raising his batting average to .600 (9-for-15).
STAT OF THE GAME
1: The first career walk-off hit for Tomas and the first walk-off win for the D-backs this season.
HE SAID IT
“That was a tough pitch he hit. That was about Adam’s apple high, and he got on top,” manager Chip Hale said, referring to Tomas’ game-winning hit. “He has the ability to hit really, really good pitcher’s pitches. Sometimes the ball will look like it’s going to hit him and he will square it up. He has a good ability with the barrel (of the bat) to manipulate it. We’ll take it.”
Goldschmidt, who went 2-for-4 with a strikeout, improved his batting average to .444 (20-for-45) with 19 RBI in 14 career games at Chase Field against the Cubs.
The victory snapped the Cubs’ franchise-record-tying 12-game regular season road winning streak dating back to Sept. 15 of last season (also: July 1-Aug.3, 1945).
Hale went back to hitting the pitcher 8th, where they had been slotted through the first three games until Rubby De La Rosa batted 9th in the series opener.
With rain again in the forecast, the game was played with the roof closed, keeping the in-door temperature at 74 degrees as compared to 77 degrees outside.
Take two: Zack Greinke makes his second start of 2016, hoping to put that Opening Day outing in the rearview mirror.
Greinke and Kyle Hendricks, a pair of right-handers, is the mound matchup in game three of the four-game series on Saturday, April 9. First pitch is scheduled for 5:10 with pregame coverage beginning 40 minutes earlier on Arizona Sports 98.7 FM.
Greinke (0-1, 15.75) lasted only four innings Monday against the Rockies, allowing seven runs on nine hits, including three home runs. It was certainly not the debut he nor the D-backs expected, especially from one of the best hurlers in the game who had signed a six-year, $206.5 million contract in the offseason, the largest deal in franchise history.
Greinke set a career-high with 19 wins last season and won his second career ERA title (1.66); the lowest in the Majors since Atlanta’s Greg Maddux (1.63) in 1995.
Hendricks, meanwhile, is coming off a season in which he went 8-7 with a complete game shutout and 3.95 ERA in 32 starts in his first full major-league campaign.
This will be Hendricks season debut and only second career start against the D-backs.
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