This is my fourth year covering the Arizona Diamondbacks. They haven’t won an actual championship in almost 17 seasons. They are not flashy. Most of the players on the Diamondbacks are highly underrated in my opinion. The Diamondbacks organization itself has never been called out for making really big news. Hell, The Diamondbacks aren’t even my favorite team, as everyone knows that my heart lies with my teams in Boston, where I was raised.
And yes, they are not part of a city with a huge sports following, regardless of how big of a population lives here in the valley of the sun. But DAMN IT……..
This team is exciting to watch! The heart, the character, the “never give up” attitude that I’ve been witness to over the last couple seasons…..it’s really fun to say that I get to watch it up close as a member of the media.
By the end of the night, the official time of the game was 5 hours, and 45 minutes long. This was officially the longest game ever played in Chase Field history. And of course, it had to happen against the rival, Los Angeles Dodgers. In the end, the Diamondbacks would win this game in walk-off fashion in the bottom of the 15th Inning, after coming from behind once again.
In the top of the 15th, Corey Bellinger would score for the Dodgers after a Chase Utley single to Left Field. But in the bottom of the 15th, down 7-6, Jake Lamb would single to Right Field after an Owings strikeout. That was followed by a Nick Ahmed double to Left Field, knocking in Lamb, and tying the game. That’s when Mathis stepped up, and on the first pitch he saw, planted it in the gap in Left Center Field. Ahmed scored the winning run, and Mathis was mauled by his teammates after rounding first, and meeting them just before second base.
Mathis was put into the game as a pinch hitter because he was actually going to be the next pitcher that Torey Lovello would bring in since the bullpen was empty of relievers after Fernando Salas gave them a career-high three innings. He would get the win, and again, Mathis was the hero with the walk-off.
SIDE NOTE: Diamondbacks 3rd Baseman Jake Lamb slightly injured his left shoulder after diving and catching a ball earlier in the game. When he slid face-first for the game-tying run in the bottom of the 15th, it appears he may have aggravated it again. Lovello said in the post-game press conference that he doesn’t expect it to be serious, but the doctors would looking at him. Stay tuned for updates.
The Diamondbacks have now started 4-1 on the season. They are in 1st place in the NL West. They will be hosting the Dodgers for two more games over the next two days before going on the road for 10 games.
By Jeff Demers
Heroes Media Group