January 17, 2019

Dbacks (7) “Ex-Zach-T” Victory Over Phightins (10) in 4 Games

January 7, 2019 by · Leave a Comment 

The following are game accounts courtesy of Andy Sexton from a holiday tournament I’m participating in using Action! PC Baseball from Dave Koch Sports Inc. We’re using 2018 rosters, teams are seeded based on their record, and I’m representing the Atlanta Braves (the Red Sox were already taken by the time it was my turn to pick). Information about the tournament can be found here.

 

Game 1-  Zach Greinke for Arizona and Aaron Nola face off in the Series opener and both pitch very well.  Philadelphia takes the early lead on a Cesar Hernandez Sacrifice Fly in the top of the 3rd.  Arizona is finally able to get to Nola in the 5th when AJ Pollock hit an RBI Double to tie the game.  Nick Ahmed puts Arizona ahead 2-1 in the 6th with a Solo HR and it would prove to be the game winner as the Diamondbacks Bullpen comes up strong with Brad Boxberger finishing it off with a scoreless 9th inning.  Greinke gets the MVP with 7 strong Innings giving up just 3 hits and 1 ER. Arizona leads Series 1-0

Game 2- Another good pitching matchup on tap for Game 2 with Patrick Corbin taking on Jake Arrieta.  Carlos Santana would quickly put a damper on Corbin’s day with a 2 run HR in the 1st inning.  Maikel Franco added a solo shot in the 3rd to put Philly up 3-0.  Nick Ahmed hit a 2 run single in the bottom of the 4th to cut the lead to 3-2 but Franco hit another HR, this time a 3 run bomb that put Philly up for good with a 6-2 victory.  Series Tied 1-1

Game 3-  The Series shifted to Philadelphia with Robbie Ray taking the mound for Arizona versus Nick Pivetta.  Arizona jumped out to the lead in this one with a 4 run 4th inning led by Paul Goldschmidt’s solo HR and a 2 RBI single by Alex Avila.  Philly got 1 back in the 5th after Ray lost his control and walked 3 batters but that would be all the scoring for the game as the Arizona bullpen would once again shut down Philly for a 4-1 win.  Arizona leads series 2-1

Game 4-  Zack Godley would take the mound to try to wrap up the series for Arizona versus Zach Elflin for the Phillies.  The Diamondbacks would jump on Elflin early with a 3 run first including a 2 RBI double from Eduardo Escobar.  The DBacks would add another run in the 4th inning and 3 more in the 5th on a 3 run HR by Escobar to grab a 7-0 lead.  The Phillies would get a couple off Godley including a solo HR by Odubel Herrera but the Arizona bullpen would once again shut it down for a series clinching 7-2 win.  Escobar ends the game 3-3 with 5 RBI and 3 Runs scored.  Arizona wins Series 3-1

Both Teams bullpens shine pitching  17 Innings of shutout baseball over the 4 Games.

submitted by Andy Sexton

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