D-backs Beat Cardinals in Extra Innings

April 15, 2009 by  

teams_ariThe stage was set for an exciting game against the St. Louis Cardinals in a windy day in Phoenix. The Roof remained open at chase Field as the D-backs played the second game of the series this week. With six of the MLB games for the day going into extra innings, this game would be included in that list.

The game would remain scoreless until the top of the fourth inning when the Cardinals would take the lead by a score of three to zip. In the fifth inning the D-backs would pull within two as they scored a couple runs of their own. The two runs would come off of a Mark Reynolds pinch-hit home run that had to boost the young player’s confidence. The following inning, St. Louis would score another run to extend their lead.

In the bottom of the eighth inning, the Diamondbacks would take the lead due to a towering three run shot by pinch-hitting Connor Jackson over the left field fence. The Cardinals would later come back to tie the game in the top of the ninth inning.

Eric Byrnes, who has been struggling as of late, would hit a walk off single with runners on the corners and two outs. With Byrnes hitting .077 coming in to the game and the team snapping a three game losing streak, the hit could not have come in a more timely manner.

In some Arizona team notes, Max Scherzer’s arm has seemed to develop we as a result of Fall League and Spring Training as he consistently pitched in the 90’s through four innings of pitching. In middle relief, the D-backs seemed to continue with some rockiness by Qualls and Rauch but had solid outings but Gutierrez, Slaten and Pena. Reynolds continues to be developing well as he took some bad pitches before knocking one out of the park. Extra base hits were also earned by Chris Young with a double and Stephen Drew with a triple.

The Diamondbacks will play one more against the Cardinals before facing Randy Johnson and the Giants in San Francisco.

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