In what was one of the crazier games of the season, a wild pitch in the 10th inning proved to be the difference as the Braves beat the Diamondbacks 7-6.
The Braves entered the 9th with a 6-4 lead. Jesse Biddle was called on to close, and he promptly surrendered a double to lead off the inning. It took Arizona two outs to plate the runner and make it 6-5.
Paul Goldschmidt came to the plate as the Diamondbacks’ last hope, and he launched a hanging 2-2 curve into the left field bleachers to tie the game. It was a real gut punch after yesterday’s disaster.
In the 10th, the Braves used a little two-out magic to battle back. Dansby Swanson hit an infield single, and Tyler Flowers hit a ball into the hole that Nick Ahmed misplayed. Ronald Acuña walked to load the bases.
With Ender Inciarte at the plate, Yoshihisa Hirano uncorked a wild pitch that played Dansby.
Brad Brach was (mercifully) able end things in the bottom of the 10th as Acuña made a running catch in the left field corner for the final out.
The Braves hit around Zack Greinke early on, plating two runs in the first and then a two-run shot from Kurt Suzuki in the 4th to make it 4-0.
Old friend Nick Ahmed cut the lead to 4-3 with a bases-clearing double in the fourth.
Anibal Sanchez threw five innings and gave up just the three runs. He was sharp from the early going, striking out eight and walking just one.
Johan Camargo hit his 16th long ball of the season in the top of the sixth to give Atlanta a 5-3 cushion.
The Diamondbacks would cut the deficit to 5-4 in the 8th before the bizarre 9th and 10th innings happened.
The Braves and Diamondbacks will continue their four-game series at 9:40 p.m. ET on Friday night. Kevin Gausman will battle Patrick Corbin in what should be an excellent pitching matchup.