D-backs tie club mark for largest comeback win
PHOENIX -- Down six runs to the Braves after the top of the second inning Wednesday, the D-backs had a few different ways to go.
They could put a lot of pressure on themselves to get all those runs back at once. They could just roll over and look to Thursday's game.
Or they could do what it is they did, which was slowly chip away at the lead until they eventually wound up with an unexpected 9-8 win at Chase Field.
It matched the largest deficit the team had overcome to win in franchise history, and left manager Chip Hale smiling.
"Guys had tough days and still hustled out ground balls and almost beat them out," Hale said. "That impresses me as much as anything, always has. It makes a manager feel good, it makes coaches feel good when guys play hard down five or up five."
Or in this case down six runs thanks to a poor start by Rubby De La Rosa, who appeared to grow frustrated during a five-run Atlanta second.
The D-backs, though, began to chip away at that lead in the bottom of the second, scoring once and then adding two more one inning later.
"The good thing was we know we've done a good job of putting points on the board," outfielder A.J. Pollock said. "I was proud of how the offense battled and scratched out runs, and [we] weren't looking for the five-run inning right away. We were just looking to put a run on and put some pressure on the other team."
What was even more impressive is that the D-backs were able to score nine runs without their offensive stalwart, first baseman Paul Goldschmidt, getting a hit.
Goldschmidt has been on a tear of late, and teams have taken to walking him and leaving it up to those hitting behind him to try to do damage. Yasmany Tomas picked up three hits in the four-hole behind Goldschmidt, while David Peralta had two hits and a pair of RBIs in the No. 5 spot.
"We always keep our energy and attitude in the dugout," Peralta said. "We were kind of down, but we never gave up and that's the key."
"It's more just team offense, everyone is pitching in," Pollock said. "It's better when everyone is putting together tough at-bats like that and scratching and clawing."
Credit also goes to the D-backs' overworked bullpen, which held the Braves to just one run -- a ninth-inning homer -- over the final four innings.