Chris Herrmann’s walk-off propels D-Backs to victory

PHOENIX—”They Believe.” Diamondbacks Manager Torey Lovullo repeated it during the post game presser. Down 5-4 in the bottom of the ninth, a David Peralta homer tied it up at five. Then, a 10th inning walk-off single by Chris Hermann sealed a come-from-behind victory by a D-Backs team that continues to shock the world in a 6-5 victory over the St.Louis Cardinals Tuesday evening at Chase Field.

“That was great,” Hermann said. “Anytime I can hit a walk-off hit for our team is fantastic. I have a lot of expressions and emotions going on right now. Feels really good, you know, to do it again,” Herrmann said.

Hermann also hit a walk-off homer on May 17 against the Mets.

“Sometimes I just leave the dugout shaking my head because these guys believe,” Lovullo said. “We didn’t shut down. This team doesn’t know how to do that.” “These guys have fun playing the game and that’s probably one of the reasons why they believe in one another the way they do,” Lovullo said.

“I say this every time I do interviews,” Starter Taijuan Walker said. “With this team, with this offense, we’re never out of it.”

“As a team, we just don’t ever really give up,” Herrmann said. “That’s just been our motto, all year. Whatever it takes, just give it everything we got.” “It’s been a lot of fun this year, playing behind all these guys, and being a part of all of this. So, it’s been great,” Herrmann said.

Despite the D-Backs victory, Cardinals starter Carlos Martinez had one of those games. He was on. CarMart lasted six innings, giving up two runs on four hits, walking three and striking out ten.

Taijuan Walker allowed the first two batters of the game to reach base, Jedd Gyorko grounded out and scored a runner to start the scoring. 1-0 Cardinals in the top of the first.

Trouble in the top of the sixth. Two straight walks to start the inning from Walker. A double steal, taken out of the Diamondbacks playbook. Men on second and third with nobody out. Yadier Molina came up, and I can’t put into words what he did. It looked like a bunt or maybe a check swing. Either way, he’s out at first. Walker intentionally walks Randal Grichuk, and Paul DeJong hits a sacrifice fly to score one. 2-0 Cardinals with two out in the top of the sixth. Walker struck out Greg Garcia to end the inning.

Bottom of the sixth, Chris Iannetta up. Two out. 2-1 count, fastball from Martinez smack down the middle. Two-run double that tied the game! Chris Iannetta! 2-2 in the bottom of the sixth.

Next inning, three errors and a single loaded the bases. Walker was still in the game. Entered the inning having thrown 88 pitches. Stephen Piscotty smacked a laser up the middle that hit Walker in the leg and scored a run. Cardinals back up, 3-2. Walker at 1o1 pitches, still in the game. A sac fly by Jedd Gyorko scored another runner, making it 4-2 Cardinals. Yadier Molina up next, hits a ball hard to left, and Daniel Descalso completely botched the catch. Nick Ahmed, the cutoff man, committed an error on the throw from Descalso which allowed a runner to score, making it 6-2.

Taijuan Walker had a bizarre game. He looked ok through six, having given up just two runs. He gave up three runs in the top of the seventh, for a total of five, but three were unearned on account of the errors. Yet, he didn’t strike out a single batter during the game. How often do you see that? His final line was 6 1/3, five runs on six hits (three earned), five walks (two intentional), and zero strikeouts.

Bottom of the eighth, this is the D-Backs inning to shine. Jake Lamb led off with a single. Drury up to bat, ground out. Descalso up to bat, he’s been FUEGO. BANG. Jake Lamb scores, it’s 5-3 Cardinals. Herrmann pinch hit for Andrew Chafin. Hermann lined a ball to left, which Randal Grichuk laid out for and made an amazing diving catch. One run did score, however, and it was 5-4 Cardinals.

Top of the ninth, Peralta up. 1-2 count, changeup, BANG! DAVID PERALTA! Tie game! Paul Goldschmidt up to bat. He’d fly out. Jake Lamb up to bat. Single to right that just got past Cardinals second baseman Greg Garcia. Drury up, flyball. Descalso up to bat, two out, he’d foul out. FREE BASEBALL.

Fernando Rodney came in to pitch in the tenth inning. Rodney’s been on fire since May 1o. 1-2-3 lights out.

Bottom of the tenth, Rey Fuentes leads off with a single. Zack Godley in to pinch-hit. Jeff Mathis was available to pinch-hit. Godley with a sac bunt that advanced Fuentes to second. Herrmann up with one out. Chris Herrmann, BANG! BANG! GAME OVER! CHRIS HERMANN with the walk off homer! His third of his career, second this season! Who says baseball is boring?

“We know what kind of team we are,” Peralta said. “Never give up. Battle every at-bat, every inning.”

Battling for at-bats isn’t the only thing the D-Backs are doing. The NL West is up for grab and it’s anybody’s to take at this point in the season. The Dodgers and D-Backs are separated by a game and a half, and the Rockies are close, just five games back. The D-Backs and Dodgers square off with the Rockies and Dodgers back-to-back once this series with St.Louis is over. By then we should have a good idea of who the top dog is.

Up Next: Zack Godley (3-1, 2.53 ERA) and the Diamondbacks take on Adam Wainwright (7-5, 5.35 ERA) in the second game of the three-game series Wednesday at 6:40 P.M.

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