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The Diamondbacks pull off a crazy win over the Dodgers

Sep 28, 2011, 9:13 AM EDT

Ryan Roberts

The Diamondbacks are still playing for home field advantage in the first round of the playoffs. And if they get it, they can thank whatever deity gave them their miracle win over the Dodgers last night.

It was tied 1-1 after nine innings. When you see a game like that, you figure that it will end on a sac fly or something.  Not this one.  Instead, it ended with the two teams combining for 11 runs in the 10th inning, thanks in part to a triple that ricocheted off Justin Upton‘s face (more on that later this morning), a bases-loaded walk and a walkoff grand slam.  Ho-hum.

The Dodgers got five runs off Micah Owings before even making an out in the tenth, but then they scored no more.  The Diamondbacks grounded out meekly twice against Blake Hawksworth, but then didn’t make another out.  To the contrary, they got singles from Cole Gillespie and Miguel Montero and a walk from Chris Young. Then John McDonald reached on an Aaron Miles error. Then Javy Guerra came into the game and walked Aaron Hill with the bases loaded. Then he gave up the grand slam to Ryan Roberts. Ballgame.

If Arizona wins today and Milwaukee loses, the teams will both finish with 95-wins and the tiebreaker for home field advantage will go to Arizona by virtue of winning the head-to-head season series against the Brewers.  But we’re not even talking about that if it wasn’t for last night’s insanity.

  1. Chris Fiorentino - Sep 28, 2011 at 9:20 AM

    When was the last time that 8 games mattered in the playoff scheduling on the last day of the season? There isn’t a single playoff series set up yet. Not one. I don’t remember this ever happening. I guess technically, it has to be some kind of record, right?

    • Old Gator - Sep 28, 2011 at 9:48 AM

      It’s been a great season everywhere north of here, absolutely, and even in this sink of tropical wretchedness we can savor a certain amount of pathos as the Feesh abandon Joeprodolsharklife Stadium and migrate downstream to their new aquarium.

      Big nonsurprises: Feelies and Borg.

      Big surprises: Beanbag collapse, Rattlers.

      Best wildcard races ever.

      • thekcubrats - Sep 28, 2011 at 12:09 PM

        Only “best” in reverse. Or if one takes perverse glee in the historical/hysterical flounderings of particular bete noire teams. Like the Botox. And the pinetarred and feathery not-so-Braves. If only it were happenin’ to the Borg…

  2. mojosmagic - Sep 28, 2011 at 9:25 AM

    No question like the Giants last year the Dbacks are the flavor of the year. They have been getting breaks and playing over their heads all year. Career years, guys playing over their heads, no key injuries have led to a fluke year. I believe the bubble will burst for them in the 1st round of the playoffs. They don’t-have the pitching the Giants did last year to win it all.

    • - Sep 28, 2011 at 9:44 AM

      If they’ve been keeping it up all season what makes you think they can’t keep it up in the playoffs?

      After all, they won the season series against the Brewers.

      What’s amazing to me is there have been hundreds of thousands of MLB baseball games, and this is the 2nd or 3rd time a walk-off grand slam has won the game when the winning team was down by 3 runs.

      That’s vacant lot when you were kids with old tires as baes type stuff. Someone built a house on the vacant lot that I played on as a kid. The owner wasn’t very happy when my brother and I started hitting baseballs at the house. We told him he built his house on our baseball field and he would just have to deal.

      • azvikefan - Sep 28, 2011 at 11:53 AM


    • windupbird - Sep 28, 2011 at 9:48 AM

      I’ll admit that I haven’t been following baseball super closely this year, but calling a the Giants year a “fluke” seems a bit much. Were they truly the best team in baseball? Probably not. But they were still very good last year (excellent pitching and below-average offense), and they were good this year: excellent pitching, terrible offense. And they are only 3 games back of the wild card, which is just a bit more than the difference between Buster Posey and his replacements.

      • Nick C - Sep 28, 2011 at 10:50 AM

        And Wainwright is probably 3 games or so better than his replacements, no?

      • Francisco (FC) - Sep 28, 2011 at 11:40 AM

        One observation: San Francisco depended on a San Diego collapse to get to the post-season. It’s not like they dominated their way into October. Without the Padres faltering they go nowhere. The difference between this year and last? The Diamonbacks didn’t collapse.

      • clydeserra - Sep 28, 2011 at 2:58 PM

        Not really. they got career years out of a lot of guys, no injuries that didn’t help them. and got a couple of blown calls in their favor that lead to runs in the playoffs.

        Not much of a stretch really.

      • adcoop22 - Sep 28, 2011 at 7:11 PM

        Could you please explain these “blown calls”, and no key injuries…like Drew going down for the year with a broken ankle.

  3. lar @ wezen-ball - Sep 28, 2011 at 9:47 AM

    Did you see Gillespie’s single or the Miles error? Dodgers could have been done with that game so easily… Just horrible.

    Here’s the video:

    • leerosenthall - Sep 28, 2011 at 10:14 AM

      How about Hawksworth flaking out and forgetting to cover the bag at first? The game would have been over! It seems like there’s been a lot of that this season.

  4. leerosenthall - Sep 28, 2011 at 10:02 AM

    This is why that MLV.TV deal they dangle after the All Star break is the best damn buy in America. $24.99 for every game for the rest of the season (and access to all the previous ones). Heard about this game this morning on ESPN radio and got to watch that last inning when I got to my desk this morning. Hell, I might have paid $24.99 just to see that one inning! The only thing I love more than the Phillies is Baseball, the game. And endings like this one are the reason why.

  5. bigxrob - Sep 28, 2011 at 10:22 AM

    Micah Owings with the well deserved “W” last night.

    • Alex K - Sep 28, 2011 at 10:56 AM

      He just knows how to win.

  6. hoopmatch - Sep 28, 2011 at 1:53 PM

    Didn’t anyone else notice Roberts’ fist pumps (six of them) while circling the bases and remember D-backs manager Kirk Gibson doing the same thing in 1988 after hitting a walk-off home run for the Dodgers in Game One of World Series?

    That was awesome!

    • clydeserra - Sep 28, 2011 at 3:01 PM

      this was not a world series game. I guess I give it a “kinda funny,” But really this game was just a tad more important than than a spring training game, so I don’t give it “awesome”

      • adcoop22 - Sep 28, 2011 at 7:14 PM

        your a dousche, it is important for homefield advantage in the NL playoffs. A loss last night = Brewers homefield. The win only kept them in the hunt for homefield and may have effected all of the playoff matchups for the NL.

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