Thursday offered an early slate of MLB action for baseball fans to enjoy. Offense and pitching shared the stage, with two games decided in extra innings.
The night’s most exciting game took place in Arizona, where the Diamondbacks defeated the Colorado Rockies 3-2 in 11 innings. The Rockies were able to hold the Diamondbacks scoreless over the first 8 innings, thanks to the efforts of starter Jason Hammel and leftfielder Carlos Gonzalez. CarGo supported his pitcher with not one but two excellent plays.
It took the Diamondbacks until their final two outs to realize they would have to hit it where Gonzalez couldn’t catch it if they wanted to get on the board. Gerardo Parra and Chris Young launched solo shots off of Huston Street, handing the closer his first blown save of the season. Justin Upton finished the Rockies off in the bottom of the 11th with his walk-off single to right.
Justin’s brother B.J. Upton provided the late game heroics earlier in the week with his walk-off against the Jays. On Thursday, Tampa’s centerfielder joined his brother on the highlight reel with this tough catch, robbing J. P. Arencibia of extra bases.
While his team took care of the Blue Jays Thursday afternoon, manager Joe Madden was not over the previous night’s controversial call. Maddon was furious and ultimately tossed Wednesday night after umpires reversed an apparently correct call, ending his team’s late inning rally. Maddon informed reporters that he is in favor of expanded replay, which would hopefully bring an end to similar situations.