Arizona Diamondbacks pinch-hitter Eric Hinske entered the game Sunday afternoon in the 11th inning looking to be the hero. The first baseman’s two-run home run was the difference in the 8-7 victory, and helped sweep the Milwaukee Brewers.
Brewers closer John Axford has had his fair share of struggles in the early part of the 2013 Major League Baseball season. In fact, Milwaukee may have to seriously consider removing him from the closer role after his dismal performance against Arizona. With that being said, Hinske will not allow that to be the reason for how he hit the game winner.
The 11-year veteran, who has spent time with seven different Major League ball clubs, stayed back and waited for Axford to make a mistake. The patience paid off as Axford left a horrible looking curveball up in the zone that Hinske crushed to deep center field.
Hinske was not the only hero in Sunday’s contest. Second baseman Aaron Hill continued his onslaught of the Brewers as he went 3-for-6 with a home run and two RBI. Hill is now batting .490 with three home runs and eight RBI in 12 games against Milwaukee in the eight years he has played in the big leagues. He is also off to one of the hottest starts of his career as he is batting .304 (7-for-23) with one homer and three RBI in five games this season.
Hinske has only been given three opportunities at the plate in 2013. However, one has to imagine that after his phenomenal hit on Sunday, Diamondbacks manager Kirk Gibson will give the slugger more chances to make a difference.