Two-for-one baseball is one of life’s greater treats. So the fact that our tickets for tonight’s game magically turned into tickets for two games, already made this a great evening. Add in a fantastic start by Trevor Bauer, and a thrilling walk-off home run by Zach Walters (acquired for Asdrubal Cabrera at the deadline), and the evening gets even better.
The Diamondbacks have always been a team that I felt fairly indifferent toward until last year. The fact they cast Bauer off, as well as Justin Upton, seemed kind of odd. But when it seemed like one of the major reasons wasn’t budget-related, but because they had “attitude” or lacked “grit,” it just seemed obnoxious. Maybe it was exaggerated in the media, but I’ve been annoyed with them ever since. Add in Kirk Gibson’s headhunting against Andrew McCutchen recently (particularly the way the D-Backs approached the situation) and I feel great pleasure about Bauer pitching well against the team that originally thought he wasn’t worth the trouble. Bauer held the D-Backs hitless until the 6th, when a walk and a double burned him.
It was Walters’ first home run as an Indian and his first career walk-off. It’s nice to see such a big contribution from someone that was considered more of a “spare part” on the roster.
Josh Tomlin will start game 2, a fact that concerns me. I may have to spend the rest of the between-game break knocking back a few drinks, just in case I need them to cope with a poor performance. (I’m kidding, but still tempted!)