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D-backs win on walk-off walk, Tomas' twin jacks

August 5, 2016

PHOENIX -- Welington Castillo's walk proved to be a walk-off.Castillo drew a one-out walk that forced Paul Goldschmidt in from third base as the D-backs beat the Brewers, 3-2, in 11 innings Friday night at Chase Field.Arizona left fielder Yasmany Tomás hit a pair of solo home runs in the

PHOENIX -- Welington Castillo's walk proved to be a walk-off.
Castillo drew a one-out walk that forced Paul Goldschmidt in from third base as the D-backs beat the Brewers, 3-2, in 11 innings Friday night at Chase Field.
Arizona left fielder Yasmany Tomás hit a pair of solo home runs in the early innings of a well-pitched game. Goldschmidt and Jake Lamb led off the 11th with back-to-back singles off Brewers reliever Blaine Boyer, and one out later the bases were loaded after an error by rookie shortstop Orlando Arcia. Castillo then ran the count to 3-1 before Boyer missed low with a fastball.
"At that point in the 3-1 count, you're obviously looking to get the ball up in the zone to drive it into the outfield," D-backs manager Chip Hale said. "Right out of his hand it was low, it's a tough pitch, I'm glad he didn't swing at it, period, because it might have been a double-play ball. That was the zone all night, we saw that."

The Brewers had a different view of the game's final pitch, believing it caught the bottom of the strike zone. Boyer shared that opinion with plate umpire Jeff Kellogg as the two walked off the field amid the D-backs' celebration.
"That's what we do as pitchers, right? We think the umpire is wrong every time," Boyer said. "But I'm sure that call could have gone either way. That is 100 percent all on me. I didn't make my pitches when I needed to make them. That one hurts, especially because the team battled and battled and battled. Clutch hits. The pitching was awesome. Chase [Anderson, Milwaukee's starting pitcher] was money today, our bullpen was great. For me to blow the game on a walk, I'm just beside myself."
The D-backs grabbed a 1-0 lead in the second on Tomas' first homer of the game. After the Brewers tied it up in the fourth on Arcia's first big league RBI and hit, Tomas untied it in the bottom half of the inning with a homer over the wall in right.

New routine paying off: After struggling at home and thriving on the road during the season's first half, the D-backs adjusted Tomas' routine at Chase Field. Tomas has taken some extra swings in the cage closer to game time at home in order to simulate the later batting practice the team takes on the road. The results have been positive, as Tomas has homered in three straight games. More >
"It's more working hard mechanically so I think that's why I can find the ball better right now," Tomas said through his interpreter. "I've been focused every single day to try to select a good pitch."
Said Anderson: "He's starting to swing the bat a little bit. Last year was a bit of a struggle, coming over from Cuba and transitioning. I can't even imagine that. I'm sure that's tough, but this year he's starting to swing the bat a little bit and becoming a better player. He's obviously got the tools, that's for sure. He got the best of me tonight."

A hit, a run and an error: Brewers top prospect Arcia's first Major League hit was an especially memorable one. He lined an RBI single to right field in the fourth to tie the game at 1-1, and wound up on third base because D-backs second baseman Jean Segura tossed the baseball to the Brewers dugout before timeout had been called. The Brewers could not cash in on that lucky break, however, and Arcia was stranded at third. More >
"I'm very happy," Arcia said. "I finally got what I wanted, that first hit. You just have to thank God about it and move on, hopefully get more."

In and out of trouble: It ended up being a quality outing for D-backs starter Braden Shipley, but it wasn't a textbook performance. Shipley was in trouble most of the night, pitching out of jams and stranding seven Brewers over the first five innings.
"I didn't have my best stuff tonight but I thought that the stuff I did have, I did a good job at managing the game and not letting them break the game open," Shipley said. "I just told myself to do the best I can to keep the ball down in the zone and get the ground-ball outs that I need to get. In that situation, it's about giving the team a chance to win each inning."

Hello, old friend: Brewers rookie Keon Broxton has been doing damage of late against former employers. He hit his second career home run last week against the Pirates, who traded Broxton to the Brewers in December. On Friday, his booming solo home run off Shipley in the 7th left the bat at 108 mph, according to Statcast™, and sailed 421 feet to center field for a 2-2 tie that lasted into extra innings.

"It was fun, you know? I'm very familiar with the surroundings, obviously. … But the only time I've been in [the visitors'] clubhouse was for FanFest, when fans come in here. So it's a little bit different. -- Anderson, the former D-backs Draft pick who pitched two seasons for them in the Majors before a January trade to Milwaukee. In six quality innings, he surrendered only two hits besides the Tomas home runs.

Both teams made highlight-reel catches in the ninth inning to force the game into extras. With none out in the top of the frame, D-backs right fielder David Peralta robbed Arcia of extra bases by making a leaping catch before banging into the wall. That play helped right-hander Jake Barrett pitch a 1-2-3 inning on just seven pitches.
"I was hoping he didn't catch it, but he made a great play," Arcia said. "You can't do anything about it. He got to it."

Brewers reliever Corey Knebel received a similar assist in the bottom of the frame, when Castillo hit a sinking line drive to left-center field. Brewers center fielder Kirk Nieuwenhuis needed a moment to read the ball off the bat, then laid out to make a diving catch for the second out of the inning. Had he missed, Castillo would have had a lot of time to run while the baseball rolled to the deepest part of the park.

Brewers:Matt Garza will make his 10th start of the season and second against a team he has fared well against in the past. The right-hander is 5-2 with a 2.88 ERA in nine career games (eight starts) against Arizona, including a no-decision in a July 26 quality start at Miller Park.
D-backs:Patrick Corbin gets the start for the D-backs on Saturday night in the second game of the three-game set with the Brewers. Corbin (4-10, 5.30 ERA) is 2-2 with a 2.88 ERA in five career games (four starts) against the Brewers.
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Steve Gilbert has covered the D-backs for since 2001. Follow him on Twitter @SteveGilbertMLB.

Adam McCalvy has covered the Brewers for since 2001. Follow him on Twitter @AdamMcCalvy, like him on Facebook and listen to his podcast.