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National League Wild Card game preview: Colorado Rockies vs Arizona Diamondbacks
December 15 2017, 12:23 | Sammy Rose
"After today, I think pretty much I've seen everything", first-year Arizona manager Torey Lovullo said.
Tuesday night's National League Wild Card game turned into a Triplepalooza. That marked the D-Backs' fourth triple of the game. The Rockies responded in the fourth inning though, putting up four runs against Zach Greinke and setting up a insane Wild-Card finish.
Immediately after Bradley's dramatic triple, Nolan Arenado and Trevor Story responded with home runs, cutting Arizona's lead to one in the eighth.
Leadoff hitter David Peralta collected three hits with two runs scored, and Ketel Marte had three hits (two triples) with a run and an RBI. Greinke will need to pitch somewhat better against the Rockies if he wants to stamp the team'sticket to the NLDS against his former Dodgers.
It could cost the D'Backs a significant fine or draft picks. We are proud of them too coach, but I can speak for most of us when I say, we are waiting for the sequel in 2018.
"Look, the Dodgers got on a tremendous run there", Lovullo said, "and I think they were steamrolling teams and intimidating teams, and I don't think we have that mentality". "Stats and everything are out the window right now".
But Colorado has 10 players with postseason experience and found ways to fight back all year. Nineteen runs, 30 hits, four triples by the D-backs.
The Diamondbacks' Zack Greinke is coming off a bounce-back season that saw him tie for the league lead with 17 wins and finish sixth in ERA at 3.20.
All we know at this time is that an investigation has been launched but not that Arizona has been found guilty of any wrongdoing.
"For most good people, it seems like an inconvenience when we have to hold you up because you've done something that is in violation of the policies but, at the end of the day, that's for everyone's safety". He suffered a groin injury in May and didn't return until July 4.
The Rockies had an up-and-down regular season and their first playoff appearance since 2009 followed suit. He is one of five players in history to hit 40-plus homers in a season that was split between twoteams.
When you're facing a lineup as good as the Diamondbacks', it's awfully hard to win when you let the top two hitters repeatedly set the table.
"In the fourth, (Greinke) got the ball a little bit up in the strike zone, " Black said. "We just stayed on him".
"Guys stepped up this year when he was hurt, but for him to come back, honestly, he's had some big hits for us this year. He's picked us up with great plays on defense".
The Diamondbacks' scoring cornucopia sends them to the NL Division Series against the Dodgers, starting Friday in Los Angeles. Third baseman Arenado has driven in 130 runs in each of the past three seasons and will surely win his fifth straight Gold Glove. That probably won't matter, but Pollock's performance will.
Turns out, the Rockies ' charismatic outfielder just needed a good night's sleep.
"We were grinding, " catcher Jonathan Lucroy said. "There are no quitters in here".
I said a few weeks ago Archie Bradley could be this year's Andrew Miller: a guy who is called upon in every scenario out of the bullpen and is effective.