Now headed to Hollywood for a couple of games, the Diamondbacks will set their sights on the NL West champions as they eye their first trip to the National League Championship Series since 2007.
Zack Greinke looked like he'd have an easy night after his team gave him a 6-0 lead heading into the top of the fourth, but the former Cy Young Award victor scuffled his way into another bad start. He gave up a two-run triple to A.J. Pollack and a bunt RBI single by Jeff Mathis. Mark Reynolds and Trevor Story each have four home runs against Greinke. Arizona is paced by J.D. Martinez (1.066 OPS, 45 HRs, 104 RBIs), Paul Goldschmidt (.966 OPS, 36 HRs, 120 RBIs) and Jake Lamb (.844 OPS, 30 HRs, 105 RBIs). Colorado is led by the duo of center fielder Charlie Blackmon and third baseman Nolan Arenado, both in the race for NL Most Valuable Player award. There wasn't enough time to do anything about the 3-0 lead that the Minnesota Twins jumped out to, but he didn't let it compound.
Greinke was absolutely brilliant in a bounce-back season for the Snakes, posting a 3.20 ERA, 215 strikeouts in 202.1 innings and a WHIP of 1.07.
Tonight's matchup is shaping up to be a pitcher's duel, as Greinke went 17-7 with a 3.20 ERA during the season, while Gray was 10-4 with a 3.67 ERA.
Pollock would not allow that to happen as he ran in at 29.1 feet per second as measured by Statcast to make a sliding catch to end the inning. Rodney finally ended the game, getting Arenado to ground out. Blackmon led the National League in hitting with a.331 average. The Diamondbacks will head to Los Angeles to face the Dodgers in the NLDS after beating the Rockies 11-8.
He'll start Wednesday night's National League wild-card playoff game at Arizona. However, the left-handed Descalso will get the start at second for the Wild Card game. Now, it's his bat that's awake as he and the Rockies are headed to the postseason for the first time since 2009. The first pitch was a hanging curve and Goldschmidt waited on it, then sent it sailing into the stands. The team has never won a championship in the years it had more than 100 regular-season victories.
Outfielder Gerardo Parra played six seasons for the Diamondbacks (787 games), batting.278 with 73 homers, 41 triples and 233 doubles. That was the 2001 spring training.... Instead, he tinkered around the edges. His 34 pitches will likely make him unavailable until game three against the Dodgers. If he out-duels Diamondbacks superstar Zack Greinke on Wednesday, all of baseball will have to take notice - no matter what they call him.
In the two winner-take-all wild-card games, Greinke lasted the longest of all the starters. Goldschmidt finished runner-up for the award in 2013 and 2015. Martinez hits a home run and "Goldy" goes 3-4. He slugged 37 home runs.
RAY IN RESERVE Hard-throwing lefty Robbie Ray had a breakout season and would figure to start Game 1 against the Dodgers if Arizona advances. "I have a lot of positive emotions coming in here [Chase Field], and it leads me to think it's going to be a lot of fun", said Gray, smiling through his impossible-to-miss, flowing red locks.