Doug Haller, Greg Moore on D-Backs’ NLDS Game 3 loss | 3:55
azcentral sports’ Greg Moore and Doug Haller discuss the Diamondbacks’ season-ending loss to the Dodgers in NLDS Game 3 at Chase Field on Monday.
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Torey Lovullo on D-Backs’ Game 3 loss to Dodgers | 2:42
Diamondbacks manager Torey Lovullo discusses what went wrong with his team in an NLDS sweep at the hands of the Dodgers on Monday.
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Diamondbacks swept by Dodgers after 3-1 loss in Game 3 | 3:23
Sarah McLellan and Doug Haller recap Game 3 and look ahead to next season.
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Diamondbacks Dodgers NLDS Game 3: What to watch for | 12:08
The Arizona Diamondbacks are on the brink of elimination at the hands of the Los Angeles Dodgers. What do the Diamondbacks need to do to keep their season alive? Nick Piecoro and Dan Bickley from azcentral sports discuss.
Sarah McLellan/azcentral sports
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Diamondbacks manager Torey Lovullo on Game 3 of NLDS | 2:23
Diamondbacks manager Torey Lovullo talks about what needs to happen to the Diamondbacks to extend the NLDS with the Los Angeles Dodgers.
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Dan Bickley wraps up another bad start in D-Backs’ Game 2 loss | 1:55
azcentral sports columnist Dan Bickley discusses what’s ailing the Diamondbacks after Saturday’s NLDS Game 2 loss to the Dodgers in Los Angeles.
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Robbie Ray after D-Backs’ Game 2 loss | 0:53
Diamondbacks starter Robbie Ray discusses the approach the Dodgers had against him in Saturday’s NLDS Game 2 in Los Angeles.
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Piecoro, Bickley preview NLDS Game 2, D-Backs’ lineup changes | 2:36
azcentral sports Diamondbacks insider Nick Piecoro and columnist Dan Bickley preview Saturday’s NLDS Game 2 in Los Angeles as Robbie Ray takes the mound and Chris Iannetta and Jake Lamb return to the lineup.
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Dan Bickley wraps up D-Backs’ Game 1 loss to Dodgers | 1:49
azcentral sports columnist Dan Bickley wraps up the Diamondbacks’ NLDS Game 1 loss to the Dodgers, discussing Torey Lovullo’s rough night and the need for an ace performance from Robbie Ray in Game 2, in Los Angeles on Friday.
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Nick Piecoro, Dan Bickley preview NLDS Game 1 from LA | 3:11
azcentral sports Diamondbacks insider Nick Piecoro and columnist Dan Bickley preview Friday’s NLDS Game 1, including some potential reasons why Jeff Mathis is starting over Chris Iannetta and why Jake Lamb is on the bench.
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Shot Clock: D-Day for Diamondbacks vs. Dodgers | 1:59
azcentral sports’ Mark Faller and Sarah McLellan discuss the NLDS. Do the Diamondbacks have some things going in their favor?
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Shot Clock: Lovullo’s decisions work for D-Backs | 2:04
azcentral sports’ Greg Moore and Jay Dieffenbach discuss the Diamondbacks’ win over the Rockies.
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Reaction to Archie Bradley’s triple | 1:35
Arizona Diamondbacks relief pitcher Archie Bradley recounts his RBI triple against the Colorado Rockies in the NL wild card game.
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Who starts against the Dodgers? | 0:57
Arizona Diamondbacks manager gives his thoughts on who starts game one against the Dodgers in the NLDS on Friday.
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Diamondbacks win wild one over Rockies | 2:10
Azcentral’s Scott Bordow and Greg Moore break down the Arizona Diamondback’s 11-8 win over the Colorado Rockies in the NL wild card game.
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What happened in that Diamondbacks Rockies wild-card game? Everything | 3:13
Some games have it all and the NL wild-card game between the Arizona Diamondbacks and Colorado Rockies was one of then. Sarah McLellan and Scott Bordow from azcentral sports break it down.
Sarah McLellan/azcentral sports
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Shot Clock: D-Backs vs. Rockies in wild card | 2:57
azcentral sports’ Mark Faller and Greg Moore preview the D-Backs’ wild-card game.
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Paul Goldschmidt and J.D. Martinez share insights on each other | 1:59
Arizona Diamondbacks sluggers Paul Goldschmidt and J.D. Martinez share insights on each other before the wild-card game against the Rockies.
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Greinke looks ahead to his wild-card start | 1:50
Diamondbacks pitcher Zack Greinke talks about the National League wild-card game on Wednesday at Chase Field.
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Lovullo discusses the wild-card game against the Rockies | 1:16
Diamondbacks manager Torey Lovullo discusses the wild-card game against the Colorado Rockies.
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Shot Clock: Zack’s comfort dog? Wild-card preview | 1:57
azcentral sports’ Jay Dieffenbach and Dan Bickley discuss the Diamondbacks roster for the wild card game against the Rockies.
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Piecoro, Moore on D-Backs’ preparations ahead of wild-card game | 3:11
azcentral sports Diamondbacks insider Nick Piecoro and columnist Greg Moore discuss how the Diamondbacks are preparing for the NL wild-card game from Chase Field on Monday. Rob Schumacher/azcentral sports
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Lovullo on Martinez: ‘As good a hitter … that I’ve been around’ | 1:16
Diamondbacks manager Torey Lovullo discusses the work ethic that slugger J.D. Martinez brings to the plate for his club on Monday. Rob Schumacher/azcentral sports
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D-Backs’ Pollock on facing Rockies starter Jon Gray | 0:50
Diamondbacks outfielder A.J. Pollock discusses facing Rockies starter Jon Gray, whom they will face in the NL wild-card game, during a press conference at Chase Field on Monday. Rob Schumacher/azcentral sports
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Torey Lovullo on Paul Goldschmidt’s stats, focus | 0:53
Diamondbacks manager Torey Lovullo discusses how Paul Goldschmidt thinks when it comes to stats and the upcoming NL wild-card game during a press conference on Monday. Rob Schumacher/azcentral sports
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D-Backs’ Pollock on security concerns for wild-card game | 0:33
Diamondbacks outfielder A.J. Pollock addresses security concerns for wild-card game after Las Vegas shooting on Monday. Rob Schumacher/azcentral sports
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D-Backs’ manager Torey Lovullo on Walker, Bradley vs. Royals | 1:30
Diamondbacks manager Torey Lovullo talks about Taijuan Walker’s impressive start and Archie Bradley’s shaky outing.
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Archie Bradley after loss to Royals | 1:36
Diamondbacks reliever Archie Bradley talks about what went wrong in his outing against the Royals on Saturday night.
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Torey Lovullo after Greinke’s loss vs. Royals | 1:08
Diamondbacks manager Torey Lovullo discusses Zack Greinke’s final tune-up before his anticipated start in the wild-card game on Wednesday.
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Zack Greinke on his outing vs. Royals | 1:17
Diamondbacks right-hander Zack Greinke talks about his start (four-plus innings, two runs) vs. the Royals on Friday night in Kansas City.
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J.D. Martinez’s on his record-tying home run | 1:02
With a solo shot in the ninth inning on Wednesday, J.D. Martinez tied a National League record with his 16th home run in September.
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David Peralta on his walk-off walk, J.D. Martinez’s hitting | 2:03
Diamondbacks outfielder David Peralta talks about his game-winning walk and J.D. Martinez’s recent tear at the plate.
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J.D. Martinez on his hot streak, D-Backs’ win over Giants | 1:01
Slugger J.D. Martinez hit his 28th homer in his 58th game with the Diamondbacks on Tuesday night.
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Paul Goldschmidt after D-Backs clinch wild card spot | 0:50
Slugger Paul Goldschmidt in the celebratory clubhouse after the Diamondbacks clinched a wild card spot.
Nick Piecoro/azcentral sports
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Diamondbacks celebrate playoff berth | 0:44
After clinching a National League wild card berth earlier in the day, the D-Backs celebrated securing home field with a walk-off win over the Miami Marlins.
Scott Bordow/azcentral sports
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Fernando Rodney on his 300th career save | 1:07
Diamondbacks closer Fernando Rodney speaks after recording his 300th save in a win over the Marlins on Friday.
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Chris Iannetta on his 8-RBI night in D-Backs’ win | 1:11
Diamondbacks catcher Chris Iannetta discusses his eight-RBI night in Arizona’s win over the Marlins on Friday.
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Archie Bradley answers questions from reporters – and J.D. Martinez | 1:43
Diamondbacks reliever Archie Bradley talks with reporters about his RBI single in the eighth, then answers questions from teammate J.D. Martinez.
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Torey Lovullo after D-Backs avoid sweep in San Diego | 1:32
Diamondbacks manager Torey Lovullo talks about his team’s 13-7 come-from-behind win over the San Diego Padres on Wednesday night.
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A.J. Pollock on his two-homer game vs. Padres | 1:11
Diamondbacks center fielder A.J. Pollock talks about the two home runs he hit on Tuesday night in San Diego.
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Taijuan Walker on shaky outing vs. Giants | 1:12
Right-hander Taijuan Walker gave up four runs in five innings against the Giants, who beat the Diamondbacks 7-2 on Sunday afternoon.
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Zack Greinke after 2-0 win over Giants | 1:48
Diamondbacks right-hander Zack Greinke gave up two hits in eight scoreless innings against the Giants on Saturday night.
Nick Piecoro/azcentral sports
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Torey Lovullo on Greinke’s dominant start vs. Giants | 1:38
Diamondbacks manager Torey Lovullo talks about ace Zack Greinke’s eight shutout innings on Saturday evening against the San Francisco Giants.
Nick Piecoro/azcentral sports
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Robbie Ray after 10-strikeout game vs. Giants | 1:36
Diamondbacks lefty Robbie Ray talks about his performance in a 3-2 win over the San Francisco Giants on Friday night at AT&T Park.
Nick Piecoro/azcentral sports
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Archie Bradley on baseball and beards | 3:14
Diamondbacks reliever Archie Bradley discusses the energy associated with his appearances as a reliever and his beard. Patrick Breen/azcentral sports
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Torey Lovullo on Pollock’s two-run double, Ray’s outing | 1:24
Manager Torey Lovullo talks about the Diamondbacks’ 3-2 win over the Giants on Friday night.
Nick Piecoro/azcentral sports
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Zack Godley on his outing against the Rockies | 0:54
Diamondbacks pitcher Zack Godley discusses his play against Colorado.
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Torey Lovullo on big win over Rockies | 1:04
Diamondbacks manager Torey Lovullo discusses his team’s win over Colorado on Thursday.
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Paul Goldschmidt downplays his 1,000th career hit | 1:12
Diamondbacks slugger Paul Goldschmidt wasn’t too interested in discussing his 1,000th career hit on Wednesday night.
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Lovullo discusses his team’s win over the Rockies | 2:02
Diamondbacks manager Torey Lovullo on his team’s win over Colorado on Wednesday night.
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D-Backs’ A.J. Pollock on his three-hit night | 1:08
Diamondbacks center fielder A.J. Pollock talks about his three-hit night against the Colorado Rockies.
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Coyotes take batting practice at Chase Field | 1:21
Coyotes players took batting practice at Chase Field before the Diamondbacks hosted the Padres Friday.
Sarah McLellan/azcentral sports
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Torey Lovullo on the end of the D-Backs’ win streak | 1:40
Manager Torey Lovullo, left-hander Patrick Corbin and third baseman Jake Lamb react to the 10-6 loss.
Sarah McLellan/azcentral sports
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Paul Goldschmidt says his elbow is structurally sound | 2:16
Diamondbacks slugger Paul Goldschmidt talks about the results of Tuesday’s MRI exam on his right elbow.
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Torey Lovullo on D-Backs’ Game 3 loss to Dodgers
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Dan Bickley wraps up D-Backs’ Game 1 loss to Dodgers
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Paul Goldschmidt and J.D. Martinez share insights on each other
Greinke looks ahead to his wild-card start
Lovullo discusses the wild-card game against the Rockies
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Piecoro, Moore on D-Backs’ preparations ahead of wild-card game
Lovullo on Martinez: ‘As good a hitter … that I’ve been around’
D-Backs’ Pollock on facing Rockies starter Jon Gray
Torey Lovullo on Paul Goldschmidt’s stats, focus
D-Backs’ Pollock on security concerns for wild-card game
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Archie Bradley after loss to Royals
Torey Lovullo after Greinke’s loss vs. Royals
Zack Greinke on his outing vs. Royals
J.D. Martinez’s on his record-tying home run
David Peralta on his walk-off walk, J.D. Martinez’s hitting
J.D. Martinez on his hot streak, D-Backs’ win over Giants
Paul Goldschmidt after D-Backs clinch wild card spot
Diamondbacks celebrate playoff berth
Fernando Rodney on his 300th career save
Chris Iannetta on his 8-RBI night in D-Backs’ win
Archie Bradley answers questions from reporters – and J.D. Martinez
Torey Lovullo after D-Backs avoid sweep in San Diego
A.J. Pollock on his two-homer game vs. Padres
Taijuan Walker on shaky outing vs. Giants
Zack Greinke after 2-0 win over Giants
Torey Lovullo on Greinke’s dominant start vs. Giants
Robbie Ray after 10-strikeout game vs. Giants
Archie Bradley on baseball and beards
Torey Lovullo on Pollock’s two-run double, Ray’s outing
Zack Godley on his outing against the Rockies
Torey Lovullo on big win over Rockies
Paul Goldschmidt downplays his 1,000th career hit
Lovullo discusses his team’s win over the Rockies
D-Backs’ A.J. Pollock on his three-hit night
Coyotes take batting practice at Chase Field
Torey Lovullo on the end of the D-Backs’ win streak
Paul Goldschmidt says his elbow is structurally sound
Paul Goldschmidt swung and missed, hung his head and walked off the field. The Diamondbacks’ season was over, ending with barely a whimper. Their lineup was silenced. Their ace was beaten. And the Dodgers celebrated, first on the field, then in the visitors’ clubhouse.
With a 3-1 win on Monday night, the Dodgers completed a three-game sweep in the National League Division Series. The Diamondbacks, who entered the year with low expectations but went on to win 93 games, were finished.
They were the upstart team that knocked the Dodgers around in a pair of late-season series. They were the club many believed the Dodgers wanted to face the least. And yet they never stood a chance in these three games.
The Diamondbacks’ pitchers could not tame a deep and patient Dodgers lineup. Their hitters could not manufacture the sort of baton-passing innings they were known for during the regular season. The Dodgers, who finished with the most wins in the majors, were the clearly superior club.
On Monday night, right-hander Yu Darvish was masterful into the sixth inning. The Dodgers bullpen was even better. Cody Bellinger and Austin Barnes launched solo homers. The Dodgers never trailed in their Game 3 victory.
“There’s a lot of reasons we can look back on why we didn’t win any of these games, but I think the bottom line is they were just a better team,” Diamondbacks reliever Archie Bradley said. “They came out and they beat us.
“It’s a tough one to swallow. It’s going to sit with us for a while this offseason.”
Some 10 minutes after the game, the Diamondbacks clubhouse was a sea of handshakes and hugs. As is always the case in the postseason, the end came quickly and unexpectedly for the losing team.
“It stings, honestly,” center fielder A.J. Pollock said. “I know we went down two games, but we felt really good about (Game 3). We felt good coming in here.”
Said second baseman Daniel Descalso: “You never plan for it to end. Once you get in, you envision yourself holding up that World Series trophy.”
Instead, the clubhouse was filled with farewells, including from slugger J.D. Martinez, the club’s key midseason pickup who might have played his final game with the Diamondbacks. An impending free agent, Martinez is likely to command a monster contract; it seems unlikely the Diamondbacks will be able to afford him.
“Obviously, I would love to come back, but I don’t know what the future holds or where God wants me to go,” Martinez said. “I hope it’s here. But if it’s not, Arizona will always hold a special place in my heart.”
The Dodgers battered the Diamondbacks pitching staff for two days in Los Angeles. On Monday night, they didn’t so much knock around Zack Greinke as they did suffocate him. He issued five walks, elicited only five swings-and-misses and lasted only one batter into the sixth inning. He came away more impressed with the Dodgers than frustrated with his performance.
“Going through that first time through the order, I don’t think they swung at one pitch out of the zone,” Greinke said. “They’re really tough to beat when they’re not chasing anything or anything close.”
The Dodgers wasted little time jumping ahead. Chris Taylor roped Greinke’s sixth pitch of the game into the left-field corner for a leadoff double and scored three batters later on a Bellinger ground out.
Greinke seemed to be on the ropes the rest of his outing, and he had to work to avoid a knockout. He threw 54 pitches in the first two innings, and he was at 87 after four, though the Diamondbacks still trailed just 1-0.
Bellinger came to the plate with two out in the fifth and Greinke, who had retired him twice by feeding him only change-ups, went back to the well again on a 3-1 pitch. In retrospect, Greinke thought it was the best of the change-ups he’d thrown him. But Bellinger clobbered it, launching an opposite-field homer. That made it 2-0. Chase Field had grown silent.
Darvish was a big part of that. Mixing sliders, cutters and mid-90s fastballs, Darvish kept Diamondbacks hitters looking off-balance throughout the night. They had perhaps two hard-hit balls off him – one of which briefly got them back in the game.
With two out in the fifth, Daniel Descalso hooked a 2-2 slider from Darvish and sent it into the right-field seats. Chase Field came back to life. The Diamondbacks had pulled within 2-1.
The sensation was fleeting. Greinke was at 103 pitches as he came off after the fifth, and after Descalso’s homer, slugger Christian Walker moved into the on-deck circle to hit for Greinke before Jeff Mathis recorded the final out of the inning. But Greinke then reemerged from the home dugout for the top of the sixth.
“That was what he (manager Torey Lovullo) wanted and what I wanted,” Greinke said. “I thought it was going to work out good.”
It didn’t. Barnes smoked the second pitch he saw into the left-field seats. Just like with Bellinger, Barnes punished a pitch he had struggled with earlier in the game. Greinke had retired Barnes on inside fastballs in each of his first two at-bats; he went back it in the sixth and Barnes clobbered it.
“I threw it really good,” Greinke said, “but he was ready for it.”
Said Lovullo: “We just wanted one more batter (out of Greinke). It was going to be Barnes, and then we were going to start to match up and bridge it to Archie. … We just needed that one inning to get through, and unfortunately it didn’t happen.”
The Dodgers’ lead was back to two. It would stay there thanks to the Dodgers bullpen. Lefty Tony Cingrani entered one batter into the sixth and induced a double-play ball. Brandon Morrow and Kenta Maeda combined to retire the next seven batters before closer Kenley Jansen entered in the ninth.
Jansen gave up a one-out single to David Peralta but retired the next two hitters, the last being Goldschmidt, who battled through a nine-pitch at-bat that ended with him lunging at a cutter.
“I chased ball four there,” Goldschmidt said. “I would have liked to have gotten on to give J.D. a chance there. Jansen is one of the best for a reason and he got me to chase out of the zone there. He did a good job.”
The Diamondbacks had just three hits, and their five best hitters – Goldschmidt, Martinez, Peralta, Jake Lamb and Pollock – finished a combined 1 for 17. Goldschmidt and Peralta each had just one hit apiece in the series.
“Their pitching is really good,” Martinez said. “They match up really well. They were executing a lot of pitches. It was just one of those things where we weren’t able to string together one inning where we put three, four, five runs.
“It kind of seemed like every time we had a guy on we would just kind of kill it with a ground ball or a double play. We didn’t have those base on balls, base hit, double, home run-type inning where you just string things together. But that’s a credit to them.”
More than a half hour after the game, several players still sat at their lockers. In a far corner, a group of half-dozen or more players sat in a circle, just like they had after games since the first homestand of the year.
“Some of these guys I’m sure I’ll be in contact with and I’ll be friends with the rest of my life, the rest of my baseball days,” Martinez said. “It’s just a bunch of guys that, if I’m not here and I’m on the other team, that I’m going to walk over and be really excited to see everybody and give everybody hugs and shake everybody’s hand and talk about how their families are.”
Lovullo was asked about the positives of the Diamondbacks’ surprising season. He didn’t want to talk about them.
“I’m hurting right now,” he said. “For right now, I want to remember how I feel, because I think it will motivate me.”
Reach Piecoro at (602) 444-8680 or [email protected] Follow him on Twitter @nickpiecoro.