PITTSBURGH -- It was just one game in 162, but the D-backs' 6-5 win over the Pirates in 14 innings Wednesday afternoon was a great example of how they've responded to challenges: They may stumble, but they eventually overcome obstacles.So far this season, the D-backs have lost Shelby Miller to
PITTSBURGH -- It was just one game in 162, but the D-backs' 6-5 win over the Pirates in 14 innings Wednesday afternoon was a great example of how they've responded to challenges: They may stumble, but they eventually overcome obstacles.
So far this season, the D-backs have lost Shelby Miller to Tommy John surgery and outfielder A.J. Pollock to a groin injury. They've been without Taijuan Walker for a pair of starts, they struggled offensively on the road early on, and for whatever reason, they had lost seven of their last nine day games before Wednesday.
Wednesday's starter, Zack Godley, has filled in for Miller, and they haven't missed a beat, as he has gone 1-1 with a 2.39 ERA.
No Walker? No problem. The D-backs shifted reliever Randall Delgado to the rotation, and in two starts, he has allowed two earned runs and a walk, with 11 strikeouts in 9 2/3 innings.
Whereas losing Pollock three days before Opening Day last year seemed to drain the life out of the team, they've gone 12-4 without him this year.
"It's part of the game," outfielder David Peralta said. "People are going to talk. What did they say last year? We couldn't win at home. Now we're winning at home. Then it's that we're not hitting on the road. Now we're hitting on the road. What was it now, we can't win day games? We won a day game. People are going to talk, but we don't care about that. We don't have to prove anything to anybody, because we know we're good. We're just going to go play and give it 100 percent every day."
On Wednesday, they gave up three leads, including in the ninth and 11th innings when they were one out away from securing the win.
The rains came after that 11th-inning blown save, and the D-backs had to sit and stew about it for an hour and 33 minutes.
"I think this team does a really good job of just letting that stuff go," said infielder Chris Owings, who delivered the game-winning hit. "It's a long season, and you've got to be able to let some of those moments go, and it's just next man up basically. It's a lot of fun. This is a good team. We're not going to quit. That's the biggest thing we've proved. Whether it's the ninth inning or the 14th, just keep going out there and battling."
Owings pointed to some of the veterans the D-backs brought in during the offseason, such as Jeff Mathis, Daniel Descalso, Chris Iannetta, J.J. Hoover, Tom Wilhelmsen and Jorge De La Rosa, as a reason why the team has been able to handle the challenges it has faced.
"There's so many guys," Owings said, not wanting to forget anyone. "But it's awesome to have guys that have been there and been on winning teams who can bring that energy and that vibe to help us win."
Steve Gilbert has covered the D-backs for MLB.com since 2001. Follow him on Twitter @SteveGilbertMLB.