March 20 2018

Nolan Arenado homers in NL Wild Card game

March 20 2018, 11:29 | Olive Rios

All you need to know heading into Wednesday's National League Wild Card Game

Rockies' Jon Gray says he's ready for D-backs' challenge

The Diamondbacks managed to stay just ahead of the Rockies throughout Wednesday night's National League Wild Card game, eventually securing an 11-8 victory to advance to the National League Division Series. "I want these guys to understand that something special is happening here", Diamondbacks manager Torey Lovullo told reporters. "This was an incredible game".

I just can't see myself betting against Greinke, even though he's underperformed relatively in the past playoffs. I don't know any other way to play. Colorado climbed back into it and cut it to 8-7 when Nolan Arenado and Trevor Story hit back-to-back homers in the eighth off Bradley, perhaps exhausted from hustling around the bases and shouting in excitement to giddy teammates.

As manager Bud Black said: "There are no secrets between these two teams".

The Diamondbacks open up their National League Division Series on Friday against the Los Angeles Dodgers at Dodgers Stadium.

4 runs in the fourth inning were tied for the second most runs in a postseason frame (third time, last: fourth and sixth innings on 2007 NLDS Game 2 @ Phillies). We love those moments.

In addition to Goldschmidt's first-inning bomb, the Diamondbacks bludgeoned Colorado with clutch hits every time the Rockies clawed their way back into the game.

It was that kind of insane night in the desert as two NL West foes slugged it out.

"I feel good going into it", he said. The D-Backs combined for four triples, including Ketel Marte who hit a pair of three baggers, while A.J. Pollock went 2 for 5 with a double and his triple, and Archie Bradley added a two run triple in his lone at-bat.

For Gray, he has owned Arizona's star hitter, Paul Goldschmidt, during his career, holding the perennial all-star first baseman hitless with five strikeouts in 11 career at-bats. No relief pitcher in the history of MLB playoff baseball has ever hit a triple.

The Rockies had an up-and-down regular season and their first playoff appearance since 2009 followed suit.

After struggling in his first year with the team, Greinke has returned to the form that landed him one of the most lucrative contracts in Major League Baseball history.

"And there will be moments in the wild-card game where he's going to have to draw on that". Gray has allowed three or fewer runs in 13 consecutive starts. They put together a four-run fourth inning against Zack Greinke. For those of you that are unfamiliar with him, he is the ace of the Colorado Rockies and he has the repertoire to shut down just about any opposing offense on any given night. He returned at the very end of June to face the Diamondbacks in Arizona and allowed two earned over six innings. We know what the stakes are. "He's picked us up with great plays on defense". So I think we were collectively holding our breath to make sure he got up from that dust storm at third base healthy. Will Lovullo turn to closer Fernando Rodney to close this game out if given the chance, despite Rodney's lack of command and two of his six blown saves having come against the Rockies? We have reached out to the Rockies for comment. 1 starter chased after 1 1/3 innings, the shortest outing of his young career?

"It was tough, tough emotionally", Gray said.

The previous pitcher to hit a post-season triple was Dontrelle Willis for the Marlins in 2003. Martinez, so they are familiar with one another.

Trailing 6-0 at that point, Colorado put up four runs in the inning to get right back in the game. He's been a really good pitcher for years.

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