D-Backs Steal Wild One In Desert; Diamondbacks 9, Indians 8
Ryan Hohman | On 25, Jun 2014
33 hits. 17 runs. 14 innings.
The Cleveland Indians and Arizona Diamondbacks traded leads early and late in the desert Tuesday night, but it was the D-backs who came out on top 9-8 in a 14-inning thriller at Chase Field.
Aaron Hill (2-8, 2 RBI) won it for the D-backs in the 14th with an RBI single off Tribe reliever Mark Lowe, spoiling a big night for Carlos Santana (4-5, 2 RBI), whose two-run homerun gave the Indians an 8-6 lead heading into the bottom of the 11th. Santana reached base six times in seven plate appearances.
Yan Gomes (3 RBI) and Jason Kipnis had three hits apiece for the Indians. Kipnis nearly put the Indians back on top in the 13th with an inside-the-park homerun, but he was gunned down at the plate. The Indians did a great job of keeping Arizona slugger Paul Goldschmidt (1-7, RBI) off the base paths, but couldn’t find an answer for right fielder Gerardo Parra, who had five hits. Center fielder Ender Inciarte (2 RBI) added four hits.
Fresh off a win in his last start where he allowed only one run over seven innings, Justin Masterson exited the game in the fourth with no outs. The big righty was charged with five runs on seven hits while walking four and striking out six.
Arizona grabbed an early 1-0 lead on a Miguel Montero RBI double in the first inning. Masterson walked Inciarte, Parra singled, and then Goldschmidt grounded into a fielder’s choice before Montero brought home Inciarte. Masterson prevented further damage by striking out the next two Arizona batters.
Hot-hitting Lonnie Chisenhall and the Indians responded with four runs in the top of the second to go ahead 4-1. Santana walked, Kipnis singled, and then Gomes scored Santana with a single of his own to left. Chisenhall followed with a two-run triple to center, scoring Kipnis and Gomes. Chisenhall came around to score on a sacrifice fly by Ryan Raburn.
The Diamondbacks got a run back in the bottom of the second inning on an Inciarte RBI single. After allowing the first two batters, David Peralta (walk) and Didi Gregorius (single), to reach base for the second straight inning, Masterson struck out Arizona starting pitcher Miley, but couldn’t retire Inciarte, whose single scored Peralta. Once again, Masterson made sure that was the only run Arizona would get. The big righty got Parra to line out and painted the outside corner to strike out Goldschmidt looking.
In the third, Cleveland extended their lead to 5-2 on a Yan Gomes sacrifice fly. Following back-to-back one-out singles by Michael Brantley and Santana, Kipnis grounded into a fielder’s choice to move Brantley to third. Gomes then brought Brantley around to score with a sac fly to right.
The Diamondbacks closed the gap again in the fourth. After getting Gregorius to ground out, Masterson walked Miley. Inciarte moved Gregorius to second with a beautiful bunt single on the third base chalk. Parra followed with his second hit of the game to bring Goldschmidt to the plate with the bases juiced. Masterson and Goldschmidt battled, but Goldschmidt got the job done with a fielder’s choice to score Miley. Montero (2-6, 2 RBI) singled to score Inciarte and trim the Tribe’s lead to 5-4.
Cleveland squandered a chance to build on their lead in the fifth. Brantley walked, and Santana and Kipnis singled to load the bases with no outs. However, Joe Thatcher, who came on in relief of Miley and shut down the next three Tribe batters to get out of the jam and keep it a one-run ballgame.
Masterson’s night came to an end in the fifth after he walked the leadoff batter for the third time in four innings. With Prado on first, Kyle Crockett entered the game to face Peralta. Peralta singled to right center to give the Diamondbacks runners on the corners with one out. Gregorius then laid down a sacrifice bunt to tie things up at 5-5.
Oliver Perez relieved Thatcher in the sixth and struck out the side before Crockett returned to the mound for the Tribe in the bottom of the frame. After allowing singles to Parra and Goldschmidt, Crockett caught Parra leaning on second and had him caught in a rundown, but the Tribe infield couldn’t execute, allowing Parra to return safely to second. This turned out to be costly when Hill singled home Parra later in the inning off Vinnie Pestano to put Arizona back on top, 6-5.
Marc Rzepczynski worked his way out of a bases loaded jam in the seventh to keep the deficit at one. After retiring Gregorius and Roger Kieschnick, Inciarte singled and Parra hit a ground rule double to left center to put runners on the corners for Goldschmidt. But Francona opted to intentionally walk Goldschmidt and let Rzepcynski face Montero. Tito’s decision paid off when Montero grounded out to second to end the threat.
Arizona closer Addison Reed came on in the ninth to close things out, but blew the save opportunity when he allowed Gomes and the never-say-die Indians to tie the game at 6-6. The rally started when Asdrubal Cabrera drew a leadoff walk and stole second. Brantley lined out to right and Santana walked to give the Tribe runners on first and second with one out. Kipnis then struck out looking. With the Indians down to their final out, Gomes stepped to the plate and laced a clutch single to center to score Cabrera and give the Indians new life.
Randall Delgado shut down the Indians in order in the 10th and returned to the mound in the 11th to see if he could repeat, but that wasn’t the case. After getting Cabrera to ground out, Delgado walked Michael Brantley. Carlos Santana then roped his 12th homerun over the right field wall to give the Tribe an 8-6 lead.
Just like they did all game long, the Diamondbacks battled back in the bottom of the 11th. Bryan Shaw got Prado to foul out, but couldn’t shut down Peralta, who blasted a homerun to right to make it 8-7. It would only get worse for Shaw, who walked Gregorius and gave up a single to Gosewisch before being pulled for John Axford. With runners on first and second and one out, Inciarte singled to score Gregorius and tie the game at 8-8. Axford intentionally walked Parra to load the bases and face Goldschmidt. Axford came through big time, blowing a 97 mph fastball past Goldschmidt for out number two and another heater by Montero to give the Indians new life once again.
The Indians wasted another golden opportunity in the 12th when they failed to capitalize on Chisenhall’s leadoff double. George Kottaras followed Lonnie’s two-bagger with a walk, and David Murphy sacrificed them to second and third. But Arizona reliever Matt Stites struck out Michael Bourn looking and got Cabrera to ground out.
Kipnis nearly won it with his legs in the 13th. With two outs, he smoked a ball off the center field wall that rolled away from Arizona center fielder Inciarte. Kipnis rounded third for the in-the-park homerun, but a web-gem worthy relay throw by Gregorius gunned down Kipnis at the plate.
Carlos Carrasco pitched a scoreless 12th and 13th before being relieved by Mark Lowe in the 14th. Parra led off the 14th with a single and then stole second before advancing to third on Goldschmidt’s sacrifice fly to deep center. Lowe intentionally walked Montero before giving up the game-winning single to Hill.
Lowe (0-1) gets the loss for the Indians while Josh Collmenter (6-4), who pitched a scoreless 14th for the D-backs, gets the win.
Official game time was 5 hours and 32 minutes.
The finale of this brief two-game series is scheduled for Wednesday at 9:45pm from Chase Field. Corey Kluber (6-5, 3.30), who pinch-hit for Carrasco in the 14th, will take the mound for the Tribe against 26-year-old right-hander Chase Anderson (5-2, 3.18).
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