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Here are the D-backs' top five wins of 2019

@SteveGilbertMLB
November 26, 2019

The D-backs exceeded expectations in 2019, staying in the postseason hunt until the last 10 days of the season while winning 85 games. There were plenty of dramatic moments -- walk-off hits, near no-hitters, a long winning streak. However, not all wins are created equal. Which wins not only helped

The D-backs exceeded expectations in 2019, staying in the postseason hunt until the last 10 days of the season while winning 85 games.

There were plenty of dramatic moments -- walk-off hits, near no-hitters, a long winning streak. However, not all wins are created equal. Which wins not only helped tell the story of the 2019 season, but also told us something about what 2020 will look like?

Here’s a look at five of them:

1) D-backs 3, Cardinals 2 (19 innings)
Date: Sept. 24

The D-backs trailed the Cardinals 1-0 in the bottom of the ninth inning when Ildemaro Vargas hit a pinch-hit homer off Andrew Miller to tie the game. After St. Louis recaptured the lead, 2-1, in the 13th, pinch-hitter Caleb Joseph delivered a game-tying single. Finally, in the 19th, Vargas gave the D-backs the win with a walk-off single to left.

What does it tell us about 2020?

The D-backs had nothing to play for in this game. They had already been eliminated from postseason contention and had just four games left in the season. Meanwhile, the Cardinals were fighting for the NL Central. Still, the D-backs found a way to fight 19 innings and come away with a win, and they won a day game the next afternoon. It shows that this team is going to battle hard for a full season.

2) D-backs 9, Rockies 2
Date: May 4

The D-backs smacked three home runs -- one each by Nick Ahmed, Carson Kelly and David Peralta -- as they cruised to an easy win against the Rockies behind the pitching of Luke Weaver, who allowed just one run over seven innings.

What does it tell us about 2020?

Kelly’s homer was a solo shot in the second that didn’t factor into the final score, but the ripple effects from it would change the roster composition in 2019 and figures to do the same in 2020. The homer, Kelly’s first in the Majors, gave him some much-needed confidence and got him started on an offensive tear. In an effort to get his bat in the lineup more often, the team went away from the three-catcher rotation it had been using for two-plus seasons to that point.

3) D-backs 4, Padres 2
Date: Sept. 21

The D-backs beat the Padres behind the hitting of Eduardo Escobar and Domingo Leyba, who both drove home two runs. Taylor Clarke picked up the win in relief while Archie Bradley slammed the door with 1 1/3 scoreless innings to pick up his 16th save.

What does it tell us about 2020?

Weaver got the start for the D-backs and pitched two perfect innings. It was the right-hander’s first appearance in a big league game since walking off the mound with an elbow injury on May 26. Weaver was able to get back on the mound and show himself and the D-backs that he was healthy, which gave the organization a big sigh of relief knowing they can count on him to be ready for 2020.

4) D-backs 6, Phillies 1
Date: Aug. 7

The D-backs roughed up Jason Vargas en route to a 6-1 win at Chase Field that bumped their record to 58-57. Zac Gallen made his debut for Arizona after coming over in a Trade Deadline deal with the Marlins, and he allowed just one hit over five innings and helped his cause by driving home a run.

What does it tell us about 2020?

This was the team’s first look at Gallen in an Arizona uniform, and he impressed right away. It was just the beginning for the right-hander, who compiled a 2.89 ERA in eight starts for the D-backs and established himself as a clear favorite to win a rotation spot heading into next Spring Training.

5) D-backs 7, Reds 5
Date: Sept. 6

The D-backs rode a five-run fifth inning to a win over the Reds, their 10th in 11 games, as they began to make their push for the National League’s second Wild Card spot. Ketel Marte delivered the big blow in the fifth, a three-run homer, that gave the D-backs the lead for good.

What does it tell us about 2020?

Marte raised his batting average to .331 that night and for the first time, he began to be talked about as a possible candidate for the NL Most Valuable Player Award. An injury cut short his season less than two weeks later, but you can expect him to be in the MVP conversation heading into the 2020 season.

Steve Gilbert has covered the D-backs for MLB.com since 2001. Follow him on Twitter @SteveGilbertMLB.