Chris Young Hits Walk Off Homer in Tenth

Take a deep breath Diamondback fans. We have two more months of this.

Trailing 5-1 going into the bottom half of the eighth inning, things were looking bleak for the Diamondbacks to salvage the four-game series, but Arizona began chipping away on Houston’s four-run lead with a couple of runs that inning.

Then came the big blast off the bat of youngster Paul Goldschmidt in the ninth inning. With two outs and a runner on first and down to his last strike, the Diamondbacks first baseman would hit a ball deep into the left field stands off the Astros closer Mark Melancon to tie the game up at five a piece.

Goldschmidt’s ball might still very well be traveling it was hit that well.

After a perfect inning in the 10th from closer J.J. Putz, the first two Arizona batters, Ryan Roberts and Justin Upton, would get on base before Miguel Montero would fly out to right.

The next batter, Chris Young, would do something that Montero couldn’t do. Young would hit a homer deep into the left field seats to end the game and give the Diamondbacks their third straight win on this 10-game homestand by the count of 8-5.

The long home run couldn’t have came at a more perfect time for Young. The center fielder had only five hits during the entire month of August coming into tonight’s game and had seen his average dip to .245.More importantly, the victory for Arizona bumped their lead on the Giants to a full game.

The Diamondbacks will close out their current 10-game homestand starting tomorrow night for a three-game series against the New York Mets. Ian Kennedy will be on the rubber for Arizona and will be opposed by Mets right-hander Dillon Gee.

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    Kevin,

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