- Heroics are expected from Paul Goldschmidt. From Nick
Ahmed, not so much.
had their moments in the Arizona Diamondbacks' 5-4
victory over the Chicago Cubs in 13 innings on Friday
night. Goldschmidt tied it with a two-out, two-run homer
in the 10th inning and Ahmed singled home the winning
run in the 13th to give the Diamondbacks their fifth win
in a row.
Gosewisch doubled off Zac Rosscup (1-1) with one out in
the 13th, then Ahmed — who earlier hit his second
career home run — lined one sharply into the
left-field corner to give the Diamondbacks their fifth
straight victory. Ahmed, a slick fielding shortstop who
got off to an awful start to the season at the plate, is
on a seven-game hitting streak.
made some improvements, made some adjustments,"
Ahmed said. "I'm starting to put the bat on the
ball, starting to see it a lot better. The coaches here
have been awesome — (hitting coach) Turner Ward and
(assistant hitting coach) Mark Grace, and even my
teammates here, they just stick with me, stay behind me,
keep instilling confidence in me even though I'm
struggling. That helped a lot."
didn't go to the plate in the 10th thinking home run.
just try not to do too much," he said, "just
literally think just hit a single and get it to the next
guy, a walk, whatever it takes. Anytime you go up there
and try to hit a home run or make something happen,
which I've done before, it's usually a strikeout or a
bad at bat or something like that."
Delgado (2-2), the last of all eight relievers used by
Arizona, escaped a bases-loaded jam in the 13th for the
Bryant and Starlin Castro each singled in a run to put
the Cubs up 4-2 in the 10th.
closer Hector Rondon retired the first two he faced in
the bottom of the inning. But A.J. Pollock lashed a
two-strike double to left, then Goldschmidt hit a 2-2
pitch into the left field seats for his 10th home run to
crazy part is I'm not shocked," Pollock said.
"I've seen him do it so many times, coming up
through the system and obviously up here. That's what he
Rondon's third blown save in 12 tries.
catcher Miguel Montero, who spent all of his big league
career with Arizona before an offseason trade with the
Cubs, said it was a pitch over the middle.
was not really a good pitch, especially to Goldy,"
Montero said. "Against him you really have to make
pitches. He is a good hitter, a professional hitter. You
can't let that guy beat you with a pitch middle,
was 3 for 5, including his 11th home run, with three
RBIs and two stolen bases. He also made a leaping stab
at first to rob Junior Lake of an extra-base hit.
Pollock had four hits and was a home run shy of the
who entered the game batting .194, hit Jon Lester's 1-0
pitch over the bullpen down the left-field line to tie
it at 2 in the fifth for his first home run of the
13th, Chicago had runners at first and second and one
out, but Montero flew out to deep left field. Delgado
walked Mike Baxter to load the bases, but Addison
Russell grounded out to first to end the inning.
went seven innings, allowing two runs on six hits. His
no decision ended a streak of four straight wins for the
RHP reliever David Hernandez, coming back from Tommy
John surgery, continues his rehab this weekend for
Double-A Mobile. He could join the team on its road trip
RHP Jake Arrieta (4-4, 2.77 ERA) gets the start for
Chicago. In his last outing, Arrieta allowed one run in
seven innings, but still took the loss as the Cubs lost
to Pittsburgh 3-0.
RHP Rubby De La Rosa (4-2, 4.08) goes for Arizona. In
his previous start, De La Rosa threw nine shutout
innings against Miami but got a no-decision. He is 2-0
with a 2.35 ERA in his last three starts.