Grit Index: Comeback kids do it again in win over Toronto
The way the game started, it looked like the D-backs may be in some trouble after starter Randall Delgado gave up three runs on three hits in the first inning, including a two-run homer to Rajai Davis. But Delgado settled in after that, working seven solid innings. At one point Delgado retired thirteen straight after that long ball to Davis. The right-hander ended up throwing 98 pitches, 69 of which were strikes, allowing four hits and three earned runs while striking out six and not allowing a walk.
Arizona got on the board in the second inning with an RBI-double by Matt Davidson, scoring Martin Prado. Eric Chavez followed up with a pinch-hit sac fly in the seventh and last but not least, Bloomquist's RBI single for the walk-off win in the tenth that helped the D-backs avoid a three-game sweep.
The D-backs were 2-for-7 with runners in scoring position and only grounded into one double play, which has been a weak spot for them this season, after rolling into seven twin killings in the first two games of the series.
Wednesday's win over the Blue Jays marks their 13th walk-off win of the season.
Delgado now has ten quality starts in 15 outings this season. He's slowly but surely become a solid and consistent starter for Arizona and could be a viable option for a spot in the rotation next season.
Wednesday's crowd of 16,154 was the smallest at Chase Field this season. The previous low was 16,871 last Monday against the San Diego Padres.
• Martin Prado's ten-game hitting streak came to an end. He finished 0-for-4 with a run scored and reached base on an error in the second inning.
• Willie Bloomquist recorded his fourth career walk-off hit. His last came on May 19th, 2009 against the Indians.
• The D-backs are 30-18 in one-run games, including 20-6 at home. The 20 one-run victories at home are the second-most in club history.
• The D-backs are 16-5 in extra innings this season and 6-3 at home in extras. They tied a club record today with 21 extra-inning games in 2013, which also occurred in 1999.
• Arizona is also 10-0 in extra innings on get-away days.
• Toronto's Edwin Encarnacion had hit a home run in five straight games at Chase Field, but that streak ended Wednesday.
He Said It:
"Yeah, I mean internally I was enjoying it. It's just that they've taken the walk-off celebration to a whole new level. I'll be pulling dirt out of my hair probably from now until the end of the season, but it's all in good fun." -- Infielder Willie Bloomquist on dealing with the post-game walk-off celebration
The Diamondbacks hit the road for a seven-game road trip to San Francisco and Los Angeles. The four-game series against the Giants starts Thursday with Trevor Cahill on the mound for Arizona. He's 5-10 on the season with a 4.39 ERA, but the righty is 2-0 with a 3.22 ERA in his last four starts. He did not figure in the decision in Arizona's 4-3 win over the Giants on August 31, allowing three earned runs in 6.1 innings of work.
Righty Ryan Vogelsong will take the hill for the Giants with a 3-4 record and a 5.49 ERA. He'll be making just his 15th start during an injury-plagued 2013 campaign. In his last start August 31, he suffered a 4-3 loss to the D-backs at Chase Field, allowing nine hits and three earned runs in six innings.
The D-backs are 2-2 in their last four games against the Giants and 5-10 this season. They're 3-3 at AT&T Park this season.
First pitch on Thursday is slated for 7:15 p.m. and you can catch the game on Arizona Sports 620 AM.
Kyndra de St. Aubin, Reporter - Arizona Sports 98.7
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