Been Dunn In

In the first game of this series the Arizona Diamondbacks came from behind to overpower the St. Louis Cardinals and take the game by a score of 8-6. This game was historic as it was the first game in Chase Field history where a player hit for the cycle. Stephen Drew accomplished this in route to a 5-5 night. Game two of the series saw the Cardinals take advantage to a rare shaky start by Yusmeiro Petit who lasted just 4.1 innings. He gave up 4 hits of which 3 were home runs in 4.2 innings work. The Diamondbacks could not recover from that deficit and found themselves losing 8-2 to the red birds. This evened the series at one game apiece so today was the rubber game.

It was another afternoon baseball game at Chase Field. These have happened with regularity this season. Unlike the other afternoon games, this one happened after school was in session so the crowd was definitely smaller than what the Diamondbacks are accustomed to having. The attendance was announced as 24,350 many of whom were senior citizens who came by the bus load to the game.

Diamondbacks pitcher Doug Davis threw 6 innings allowing 8 hits while walking only 1 batter. Of those 8 hits, one was a home run by former Diamondback Troy Glaus which was his 23rd of the season. Through the first 6 innings the Diamondbacks were unable to do anything against Cardinals starter Kyle Lohse who threw 6 innings allowing only 5 hits and 2 walks. He struck out 7 Diamondbacks and it looked as though the Diamondbacks would drop a second consecutive game.

The Diamondbacks fortunes changed in the seventh inning when they scored 2 runs off Cardinals reliever Kyle McCellan. Down by only a run the Diamondbacks bullpen did the job allowing only 2 hits and 1 walk over the last 3 innings. This kept the Diamondbacks close to the Cardinals going into the ninth inning.

In the ninth inning the St. Louis Cardinals brought in closer Chris Perez who began by giving up a lead-off triple to the sizzling Stephen Drew. Second baseman David Eckstein then few out to right field not deep enough to score Drew. The next batter was left fielder Conor Jackson who hit a ball through the pulled in infield to tie the game up.

Up to the plate strode hired gun Adam Dunn. He took two pitches then rifled a ball down the right field line and into the corner. Conor Jackson raced from first base and rounded third at about the time the ball was being thrown. Jackson slid under the tag to score the winning run on Adam Dunn’s double.

For the second game in the series the Diamondbacks fans stood and roared their approval. The players rushed out to second base to congratulate Dunn for delivering on a walk-off double. It was an amazing sight and one I hope will build momentum for the upcoming final series between the Los Angeles Dodgers and the Arizona Diamondbacks. This is why they call it a pennant race.

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