The second series of the season is in the books for the Arizona Diamondbacks, and, boy, was it a good one for the snakes.
A three-game set against the Los Angeles Dodgers allowed the D-backs their first opportunity to play the team that bounced them out of the playoffs last year, and they took advantage of it.
Here’s how each game played out at Chase Field:
The most exhilarating game of the season thus far for any D-backs fan or player was almost certainly Monday night’s thriller.
Down 6-3 in the ninth inning with two outs and facing Kenley Jansen, Arizona’s Chris Owings launched a game-tying home run to force extra innings. The game went all the way to the 15th inning where the Dodgers took a one-run lead heading into the bottom half.
To cap off the longest game in Chase Field history, catcher Jeff Mathis delivered a walk-off, two-run single to give the D-backs a major 8-7 come-from-behind win against one of the best teams in baseball.
In total, the two teams combined for 33 hits, and every starter on both teams reached base at least once, with the majority reaching two or three times.
It was an offensive display to say the least and one that could be a rallying point for the D-backs to look back on later in the season because of how well is demonstrated their never-quit attitude.
Kershaw went six innings, allowing only two runs and striking out six. Typically, an outing like that warrants a win – or a no decision at the least. He took a loss, however, because Godley threw seven innings of one-run ball and had the Dodgers off-balance all night.
Home runs from Daniel Descalso, David Peralta and John Ryan Murphy backed Godley’s dominance, and relievers Yoshihisa Hirano and T.J. McFarland shut the door in the eighth and ninth innings, respectively.
With the victory, the D-backs headed into Wednesday afternoon’s contest looking for a sweep.
Fans in attendance for the final game of the series were treated to the Patrick Corbin show.
Arizona’s starter was nearly unhittable across 7.1 shutout innings, and he set a new career high with 12 strikeouts in the game.
The D-backs couldn’t have asked for a much better start to the 2018 season. They get to go on the road for the first time this year with a 5-1 record and series wins against their two biggest threats in the NL West.
Arizona takes on the St. Louis Cardinals at Busch Stadium this Thursday, Saturday and Sunday looking to keep up the hot play and continue asserting itself as a serious contender.
@ St. Louis
Thursday, 4:15 p.m. MST
Saturday, 11:15 a.m. MST
Sunday, 11:15 a.m. MST