Diamondbacks outfielder A.J. Pollock speaks about the controversial call that went against him in the 10th inning of Arizona’s win over the Rockies on Sunday. Bob McManaman/azcentral sports
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Diamondbacks’ Daniel Descalso talks about his two-run, walk-off homer to beat the Rockies in the 13th inning on Sunday. Bob McManaman/azcentral sports
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Diamondbacks manager Torey Lovullo discusses the team’s strong pitching fueling Arizona’s walk-off win over the Rockies on Sunday. Bob McManaman/azcentral sports
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Diamondbacks starter Patrick Corbin talks about his strong, scoreless outing against the Rockies in Sunday’s win. Bob McManaman/azcentral sports
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Diamondbacks closer Fernando Rodney talks about his outing vs. the Rockies, and says he’ll have no trouble bouncing back from his latest setback. Nick Piecoro/azcentral sports
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Diamondbacks right-hander Zack Greinke talks about his start on Saturday night, in which he allowed three earned runs in six-plus innings vs. the Rockies. Nick Piecoro/azcentral sports
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Arizona Diamondbacks pitcher Shelby Miller explains his decision to undergo Tommy John surgery, April 29, 2017. (Nick Piecoro/azcentral sports)
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Manager Torey Lovullo, left-hander Robbie Ray and catcher Chris Iannetta react to the loss.
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Chris Owings talks about the first multi-homer game of his career, and how he’s feeling at the plate after homering three times in the past four games.
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Diamondbacks right-hander Taijuan Walker says his fastball was working well for him on Thursday night.
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Arizona Diamondbacks right-hander Shelby Miller says he has a tear in his ulnar collateral ligament and that Tommy John surgery is an option, April 27, 2017. (Nick Piecoro/azcentral sports)
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Diamondbacks closer Fernando Rodney on Wednesday’s blown save against San Diego.
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Diamondbacks manager Torey Lovullo reacts to the Padres’ comeback win.
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Wednesday night’s game against the Padres drew the smallest crowd in Diamondbacks history.
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Manager Torey Lovullo, first baseman Paul Goldschmidt and left-hander Patrick Corbin react to Tuesday’s win. Sarah McLellan/azcentral sports
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Manager Torey Lovullo, right-hander Zack Greinke and shortstop Chris Owings react to Monday’s home win over the Padres. Sarah McLellan/azcentral sports
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Diamondbacks right-hander Shelby Miller did not provide many details on his elbow injury on Monday, but he is planning to receive a second opinion on Tuesday in Los Angeles. Nick Piecoro/azcentral sports
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D-Backs’ Shelby Miller talks about arm injury suffered during the 6-2 loss to the Dodgers, April 23, 2017. (Scott Bordow/azcentral sports)
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David Peralta talks about the Diamondbacks’ offense and his record-setting four doubles Saturday.
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Diamondbacks starter Robbie Ray talks after his team’s 11-5 victory over the Dodgers.
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Manager Torey Lovullo, right-hander Taijuan Walker, shortstop Chris Owings and first baseman Paul Goldschmidt react to the 13-5 win.
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First baseman Paul Goldschmidt says the Diamondbacks couldn’t string together enough hits against the Padres on Thursday night.
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Diamondbacks manager Torey Lovullo talks about his team’s 4-1 loss to the Padres and their 4-6 road trip through San Francisco, Los Angeles and San Diego.
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A.J. Pollock on controversial play: “You guys saw the replay”
Descalso talks about walk-off home run over Rockies
Lovullo on pitching, more in D-Backs’ wild win
Corbin discusses his scoreless outing vs. Rockies
Fernando Rodney talks about his latest blown save
Zack Greinke after outing vs. Rockies
D-Backs’ Shelby Miller to have Tommy John surgery
Diamondbacks fall 3-1 to Rockies
Chris Owings on his two-homer night
D-Backs’ Taijuan Walker on his 11-strikeout performance vs. Padres
D-Backs’ Shelby Miller considering Tommy John surgery
Fernando Rodney reacts to his blown save against the Padres
Torey Lovullo reacts to Diamondbacks’ ‘heartbreaking’ loss
Diamondbacks attendance hits new low
Diamondbacks pull away from Padres for 9-3 win
Diamondbacks hold on for win over Padres
Shelby Miller on his injury, visit with team doctor
Arizona Diamondbacks’ Shelby Miller discusses arm injury
David Peralta on his record-setting night
Robbie Ray reacts to Saturday’s win over the Dodgers
Diamondbacks use 9-run eighth to overwhelm Dodgers
Paul Goldschmidt on D-Backs’ offense vs. Padres
Manager Torey Lovullo breaks down D-Backs’ loss, road trip
It only figured that the guy dressed up like Captain America would end up smacking the walk-off home run that would lift the Diamondbacks to victory on Sunday in what, until the baseball landed in the swimming pool, had been the longest scoreless game in the history of Chase Field.
Daniel Descalso drilled an 0-2 fastball from Rockies right-hander Jordan Lyles into the drink for a two-run blast, and the Diamondbacks avoided a three-game series sweep with a dramatic and dynamic 2-0 victory in 13 innings in front of 23,613.
“It’s nice to get a win, especially on get-away day in a game like that where nobody seems to be scoring any runs,” Descalso said. “Our pitchers did a great job keeping us in the ballgame, and I’m glad we were able to pull out a win.”
Like the rest of his teammates, including manager Torey Lovullo and the coaching staff, Descalso agreed to shed their street clothes for red, white and blue, American-themed clothing for their postgame flight to Washington D.C. on Sunday night for a six-game trip that begins against the Nationals.
So technically, everybody looked a little bit like Captain America in their fun and silly garb. But to expect a home run from the 5-foot-10 utility infielder, who was getting a rare start in left field? He’d never hit a walk-off home run before in his life.
And Sunday’s was just the second one ever by a Diamondbacks hitter to land in the pool in right-center field.
“I’m just happy I could help the ballclub win tonight,” he said, adding, “I’m not trying to hit a home run there on an 0-2 count. But he made a pitch over the middle of the plate, and I put a good swing on it and it ended up being the game-winner.”
The Diamondbacks capped their first month of the season with their 16th win, another stunning development this young season. They’re getting contributions from everyone and turning heads across the major leagues with their early success.
Not only do they feature five of the top 25 hitters overall in terms of batting average, but they lead the majors or are ranked among the leaders in multiple team categories. Their pitching, meanwhile, has been ridiculously good. The starting rotation is first in innings pitched and strikeouts, second in wins and fourth in ERA.
On Sunday, thanks to 6 1/3 strong innings from Patrick Corbin and help from six relievers, they absolutely silenced one of the best-hitting teams in all of baseball. They also recorded 17 strikeouts, extending their own National League record for consecutive games with 11 or more strikeouts to seven. The major-league record is eight.
“Two great offensive teams, and you don’t really see a game 0-0 that deep,” said Corbin, who allowed two hits with two walks and six strikeouts. “I think our bullpen just did a great job, everybody stepping up and putting up zeroes, and if you keep doing that for us, we’re eventually going to score.”
Randall Delgado, the seventh Diamondbacks pitcher, was especially instrumental in the win. He worked the final three innings and allowed just one hit with one walk with four strikeouts.
“The pitching was unbelievable,” Lovullo said. “It was a collective effort. It was Patrick Corbin standing on things with the bases loaded and no outs to give up no runs. It’s a group effort from the bullpen to come in and pound the zone and not really have any issues throughout the course of their outing. Pretty impressive, considering all the things we’ve been walking through in the past couple days.”
It was an April to remember, though, and now everyone is curious to see what May might bring.
“It’s a good first month,” Descalso said. “You can’t win the division or make the playoffs in the first month, but you certainly can create a lot of problems for yourself. So we put ourselves in a nice spot. The first month is done, and now we’ve got to keep this going into May.”
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Who’s to say where this start could take them? If the Diamondbacks keep playing like this, anything seems possible. Doesn’t it?
“I like where we are every single day,” Lovullo said. “I like the effort we give. I like the focus we have. I like the brotherhood that I’m watching. I like the family that we’re turning into. And on a day like today, when they had to rebound after a tough night (on Saturday) and rally around and support one another, we did exactly what we wanted.
“So when I think about the first month, I think about a strong bond inside that clubhouse, and that’s really exciting to me.”
Then again, so was dressing up in bright and bold red, white and blue for the charter flight to the nation’s capital.
“I love all the dress-up days,” Lovullo said. “I think they’re fantastic. It’s a great team-building experience for all of us and on top of that, you get to see a little bit of personality. I can’t wait to see some of the outfits.”
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Tuesday: At Washington, 4:05 p.m., Diamondbacks RHP Taijuan Walker (3-1, 3.94) vs. Nationals RHP Tanner Roark (3-0, 3.64).
Wednesday: At Washington, 4:05 p.m., Diamondbacks LHP Robbie Ray (2-1, 3.56) vs. Nationals LHP Gio Gonzalez (3-0, 1.62).
Thursday: At Washington, 10:05 a.m., Diamondbacks TBA vs. Nationals RHP Max Scherzer (3-2, 2.94).