Wednesday, May 8

Diamondbacks edge Royals 5-4 on Walker’s dash house

PHOENIX — Nick Ahmed took a wholesome swing within the eighth inning, however was a little bit off on his timing. The ball squirted off the top of his bat, rolling slowly up the primary bottom line.

That gave Christian Walker time to dash house with the decisive run for Arizona.

It was removed from a traditional, however these are the type of video games the Diamondbacks have misplaced for years. Now a couple of of them – together with Monday evening’s 5-4 victory over the Kansas City Royals – are beginning to go their manner.

“We’re not going to score 10 every game or throw a no-hitter,” Walker mentioned. “So to win these tweeners, where we feel we have a chance to win, but it’s a matter of executing and holding them off one more inning, for me, these are the games when you look back and you’re proud of the season, these are the wins that need to happen.”

Ahmed – who was pinch-hitting – introduced house Walker together with his one-out curler off reliever Aroldis Chapman (0-1) that was basically a swinging bunt. First baseman Vinnie Pasquantino tried to get Walker at house, however the throw was late.

“That ball – you can’t plan for that,” Royals supervisor Matt Quatraro mentioned. “I thought Vinnie made a nice attempt.”

PHOTOS: Diamondbacks edge Royals 5-4 on Walker’s dash house

The NL West-leading D-backs improved to 13-11. The Royals have misplaced 9 of their final 10 and fell to 5-18.

Arizona lefty Andrew Chafin (2-0) bought the win with 1 2/3 innings of scoreless reduction. He struck out Salvador Perez and Franmil Reyes to finish the sport. The veteran reliever threw 35 pitches, a protracted outing by his requirements.

“The adrenaline of the game is going to help push through any issues,” Chafin mentioned. “Just taking it one pitch at a time and doing everything I can to get the job done.”

Edward Olivares hit a solo homer within the first to provide the Royals an early lead, however the Diamondbacks constructed a 4-2 benefit by the fourth, scoring two runs in each the second and third off Kansas City starter Brad Keller.

Keller struggled to throw strikes, giving up 4 runs in 4 innings on 4 hits and 6 walks. He threw 95 pitches.

“He just didn’t have his normal command,” Quatraro mentioned.

Arizona’s Tommy Henry threw 4 1/3 innings in his first begin of the season, giving up three runs on 4 hits and 4 walks. The left-hander was referred to as up from Triple-A to take the rotation spot of four-time All-Star Madison Bumgarner, who was designated for project final week.

The Royals lower the D-backs’ result in 4-3 within the fifth on Perez’s RBI double after which tied the sport within the eighth on Kyle Isbel’s RBI single. Pasquantino had a three-hit evening whereas Michael Massey and Perez each had two hits.

Arizona’s Geraldo Perdomo and Pavin Smith additionally had two hits.


Royals: Reyes was reinstated from the paternity record. INF Nate Eaton was despatched to Triple-A Omaha.

Diamondbacks: To make room for Henry on the roster, RHP Drey Jameson was optioned to Triple-A Reno. … Walker was out of the beginning lineup for a second straight sport after getting hit by a pitch on the left forearm Saturday. He pinch-hit within the eighth and walked.


The three-game sequence continues Tuesday. The Royals will ship RHP Brady Singer (1-2, 8.14 ERA) to the mound in opposition to RHP Ryne Nelson (1-0, 4.91).

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