We are still only two months into the 2011 season, but the Diamondbacks have already showed fans two things that they haven’t had for the last several seasons. Heart and a never say die attitude.
Arizona once again got out of the gates slowly against the Marlins. In the second inning, Mike Stanton hit a two-run homer deep into left field off Dan Hudson to give Florida an early 2-0 lead. Later in the inning, Javier Vasquez would help his own cause with a RBI single.
Stanton wouldn’t stop there though. The very next inning, the young right fielder tripled into right field to score Logan Morrison. Stanton would catch a break during the at-bat as Hudson and Juan Miranda collided on a pop up in foul territory. Luckily both guys were alright, but Stanton would capitalize on the extra pitch.
Like they have done all season long though, the Snakes would fight back.
Ryan Roberts, who always seems to be guy to get a rally started, hit a homer deep into left center field in the sixth to draw his team within two on just one swing of the bat. Two batters later, Justin Upton would have a RBI groundout to draw Arizona within a run.
One inning later, he Snakes would tie the game up on a error from Greg Dobbs. Xavier Nady hit a grounder down to third that looked as though was going to be at least one out, if not a double play to end the inning, but ball roll out of Dobbs’ glove before he could touch the bag.
Chris Young would give the home team the lead the next inning on a RBI double to left center.
With J.J. Putz coming in to close out the game in the ninth, most fans in the stands thought the game was all but over. After all, Putz hadn’t blown a save all season long and his save streak of 16 was a franchise record. However, the very first batter of the inning, John Buck, would hit a no doubter homer above the pool in right to tie up the game. Putz would settle down after that to keep it tied.
Willie Bloomquist would start off the ninth with a single, but then Sean Burroughs would strike out and Roberts would ground out to second. Kelly Johnson was then walked to bring up Upton to the plate. In the previous inning, the right fielder hit a ball just off the end of his bat deep into left center. Upton wouldn’t hit the ball as hard as his previous at-bat, but would get the job done with a bloop RBI single into shallow right to give his team their 17th come from behind win in 2011.
It was the second bloop game winner for Upton on the season, but the first time he broke his bat doing so. A hitter never wants to see a broken bat, especially with the way Upton has been hitting the past three days, but I think I will deal with it after a win.