The Arizona Diamondbacks came from behind and dramatically beat the St. Louis Cardinals 6-5 in extra innings in the first game of the series at Chase Field in Phoenix.
Chris Herrmann hit the hit that drove the race with the D-backs left the redbirds in the ground in the bottom of the eleventh inning.
The shot from “Herrmannator” was a hard roll into the center of the field, leading to Ray Fuentes who ran from second base leaving no chance to shoot outfielder Tommy Pham.
The D-backs came from behind after the Cardinals were beaten by Arizona starter Tijuan Walker, who suffered three runs and also made two mistakes in that same chapter, when the team’s fumes subsided. St. Louis was ahead on a 5-2 slalom lead.
Arizona took advantage of St. Louis’ faltering relay after Dominican starter Carlos Martinez had them eating five innings and the only thing they could do was two runs.
Martinez had left the game won, after six full innings, with 10 strikeouts, four hits and three bases.
In the eighth Arizona came with two runs, powered by Daniel Descalso’s single and Herrmann’s sacrifice flyer and in the bottom of the ninth, the first in the bunch, David Peralta connected a line stretched all around left field. It was the eighth home run for the Venezuelan in the campaign.
This Wednesday continues to the series at 6:40 p.m., Arizona will open Zack Godley (3-1, 2.53) and the Cardinals will do the right Adam Wainwright (7-5, 5.75).