Lamb plays key role in D-backs’ late rally

September 17th, 2019

PHOENIX -- It won’t erase all the frustration for the way his season has gone, but for one night, at least, deserved to feel good.

Lamb’s two-out double in the seventh inning drove home three runs as the D-backs rallied to beat the Marlins, 7-5, on Monday night at Chase Field.

The win was just the second in the past nine games for the D-backs, who saw that losing stretch all but end their postseason hopes. The D-backs trail the Cubs by 5 1/2 games for the second National League Wild Card spot.

Lamb, who missed time this year with a quad injury, has had trouble getting going offensively. He came into the game hitting .199/.330/.354 in 161 at-bats.

“It was huge,” Lamb said of coming through in the clutch. “Obviously it’s no secret how I’ve been playing, but I feel like I’ve done a pretty good job of coming to the yard every day trying to get better and just work, work, work, and it was nice to come through in that situation. I’ve always loved hitting in those situations. I live for those moments, I love them, so it was fun to get it done.”

Hit by a pitch with the bases juiced in his first at-bat, Lamb struck out the next two times before he strolled to the plate with the bases loaded again in the seventh. Marlins reliever Tyler Kinley threw Lamb two straight sliders, the second of which Lamb lined just inside the right-field foul line for a double.

“The first one backed up a little bit, and the second one started middle and I just turned on it and thank God, it stayed fair,” Lamb said.

The hit capped a four-run rally for the D-backs, who answered after the Marlins scored five in the top half of the seventh.

“When they scored five, you know, it’s not the best feeling,” Lamb said. “But yeah, we got it done and a win is a win this late in the season, so it doesn’t really matter.”

Finishing the season on a positive note, though, does matter to Lamb, who is still rebuilding his confidence after his struggles.

“I feel like the swing is actually not bad,” Lamb said. “It’s just going into the game and getting that confidence back, because mechanically, I feel pretty darn good. It’s just a matter of taking it into the game.”

, who tossed six-plus one-hit innings and showed his blister issue is now a thing of the past, was especially happy to see Lamb come through.

“Any time you go through an injury is tough,” Ray said. “To see a little light there is probably encouraging for him, and for us as well. I feel like he’s been swinging the bat really well, maybe making some loud outs.”

Trainer’s Room

• Shortstop was forced to leave the game in the eighth inning when the middle finger on his right hand was struck by a ball while he was fielding it. The ball split the nail and separated the skin under the nail, causing it to bleed. Had they been able to stop the bleeding, Ahmed said he would have stayed in the game. He fully expects to be in the lineup Tuesday.

• Closer was unavailable after suffering from back spasms earlier in the day. Arizona manager Torey Lovullo said the team hopes Bradley will be available Tuesday.

Kevin Ginkel pitched the ninth in place of Bradley on Monday and retired the Marlins in order to record his first big league save.