Although the Diamondbacks appeared destined to run away with things after mounting a 6-0 lead through three innings, the Rockies remained resilient and scored five unanswered runs, including four in the fourth, to bring an improbable comeback into view.
The Diamondbacks won 11 of their 19 games against the Rockies, averaging 5.6 runs per game. Martinez will start in left field, center field and right field, respectively, for the Arizona Diamondbacks.
Now comes game No. 20 on Wednesday night, the biggest one of them all, an NL wild-card matchup with Arizona's Zack Greinke facing Colorado's young Jon Gray. Well, let's just say Neshek is a baseball card and autograph collector who isn't too fond of the former Cy Young Award victor. The Rockies are in the playoffs for the first time since 2009.
If Kershaw can deliver that magic this October, he would be bucking an emerging October trend, the one in which starters pitch roughly half the postseason innings. The Rockies will score a couple runs in the first five innings, and will be limited to one run by the bullpen. Blackmon had only eight hits in 44 at-bats (.182) vs. the Diamondbacks.
Rockies Manager Bud Black also made a decision to add two starters to the Wild Card game roster in their bullpen - left-hander Tyler Anderson and right-hander Antonio Senzatela. We know how to navigate through them.
Gray said "it's very cool" to be going up against the Diamondbacks ace while praising his mound opponent: "The guy's obviously got a great track record", he said. Martinez is the first player in major league history to finish with 45 homers in a season of fewer than 120 games. After the second run scored on a groundout, Lucroy and pinch hitter Alexi Amarista had RBIs hits to make it 6-4.
Over the past two months, Gray holds a 2.45 ERA over 66 1/3 innings, striking out a batter an inning in that span.
There was a moment of silence for victims of the Las Vegas shooting, and a photo was shown on the big screen of one of them, Christiana Duarte, a University of Arizona graduate and former member of the Diamondbacks front office. Greinke has a 13-1 record with a 2.87 ERA in 18 home starts this year, covering 116 innings. Right now, that's the Rockies, since Goldschmidt is banged up and AJ Pollock is working back from a season-long injury for Arizona.