By: Kayla Mortellaro
PHOENIX— The Arizona Diamondbacks were lifted past the Cincinnati Reds on a walk-off hit by Chris Owings to win 4-3 in 10 innings Sunday afternoon.
With the bases loaded in the bottom of the 10th inning, Owings hit a deep, line-drive to center field to score Paul Goldschmidt for his first career walk off win. But then, chaos ensued.
What appeared to be a simple win turned to a challenge by Reds manager Brian Price and a huddle between the umpires. The challenge was whether or not Owings touched first base. The video also showed Jake Lamb never touched second base on the force out. The ball was thrown back in to the play and the Reds touched second base, resulting in an apparent force out of Lamb. The ball was then thrown back to first.
Price was arguing the game should not be over because the players did not touch the bases. However, it was ruled that Owings did touch first base and the game was officially over.
“I didn’t really get to see much, I didn’t get to see any video,” Manager Chip Hale said after the game. “But confusing that’s for sure. I know CO [Chris Owings] touched first and the run scored. I’m not sure what the official ruling was.”
Umpire Larry Varner provided an official explanation after the game:
“There are two or three different rules that come into play in game-ending type situations. Now you’re talking about appealing bases. 4.09(b) talks about how a run scores and it also gets tied into game-ending situations. Let’s say the bases are loaded and you get ball four. The guy on third has to come and score and the batter has to go and touch first. If they don’t fulfill those two obligations, someone can be called out for that and the game continues with two outs. We didn’t have that situation, but that’s what they were asking. Then they were asking, ‘Can we throw it around and tag all the bases and get force outs?’ In that situation you can’t. First of all, they didn’t play the ball. The infielders were leaving the infield. The runner from third touched the plate and the runner from the plate touched first. Those two things right there met the obligation of the rule. When that run scores and the batter has touched first, the game’s over.”
But before the game ever got to the 10th inning, the Dbacks had strong pitching performances starting with Patrick Corbin. Corbin pitched six innings, giving up seven hits and three earned runs with five strikeouts, as he tossed 88 pitches on the afternoon.
“Great job, we pushed him a little bit there,” Hale said. “His pitch count was under control, he hung a couple pitches but other than that he was great. He had one tough inning early but good to see him come back with good stuff and get outs against a good lineup.”
Corbin, however, admitted it was a tough afternoon, but the ability to grind through and still pitch late into the game gives him confidence moving forward.
“Didn’t have my best stuff, wasn’t really consistent with my off-speed today,” Corbin said. “I’m going to have to pitch in those situations so it was good to go out there and pitch in those stressful innings and try to work out of it. It’s just something I am trying to get used to again and working into it and my arm feels like it is getting used to it.”
To help Corbin and the rest of the bullpen was the Diamondbacks bats. David Peralta was red-hot going five for five with one RBI on the afternoon- which was a career high in hits for him.
“Feels good, it’s my first time going five for five here in the big leagues, so a special day,” Peralta said. “And more special because it was a walk-off and we needed that game, so very good. Feel really good.”
Goldy also snapped out of his mini-slump to go three for four, scoring two runs with one RBI. Prior to Sunday’s game he was 3-for-27 with one run and one RBI in the month of August. The hero of course was Owings getting the walk-off hit in the 10th inning off of Reds pitcher Ryan Mattheus. The win improved the Dbacks to 8-6 in extra inning games, and also captured the series win for the club against the Reds. The Diamondbacks are now two games below .500 with a 54-56 record to.
The home stand continues tomorrow against the Phillies. Rubby De La Rosa gets the start against Aaron Harang. First pitch at 6:40 p.m.