2017 National League Wild Card Game

The 2017 National League Wild Card Game was a play-in game during Major League Baseball's (MLB) 2017 postseason that was played between the National League's (NL) two wild card teams, the Arizona Diamondbacks and the Colorado Rockies. The game was televised nationally by TBS. The game took place on October 4 at Chase Field in Phoenix, Arizona. with the Diamondbacks winning 11–8, thus eliminating the Rockies from the postseason and advancing the Diamondbacks to the NL Division Series (NLDS) in which they lost to the Los Angeles Dodgers 3–0.

2017 National League Wild Card Game
Logo for the 2017 National League Wild Card Game
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Colorado Rockies 0 0 0 4 0 0 1 2 1 8 13 0
Arizona Diamondbacks 3 1 2 0 0 0 2 3 x 11 17 0
DateOctober 4, 2017
VenueChase Field
CityPhoenix, Arizona
Managers
UmpiresHP: Jim Reynolds, 1B Gary Cederstrom (crew chief), 2B Mark Carlson, 3B Chris Guccione, LF Jordan Baker, RF David Rackley[1]
Attendance48,803
TelevisionTBS
TV announcersErnie Johnson Jr., Ron Darling, and Sam Ryan
RadioESPN
Radio announcersAdam Amin and Eduardo Pérez

Background

This was Arizona's first playoff appearance as a Wild Card team, and their first postseason appearance since the 2011 National League Division Series. This was Colorado's fourth playoff appearance (all as a Wild Card team), and their first postseason appearance since the 2009 National League Division Series. This was the second postseason match-up between the two clubs; previously the Rockies swept the Diamondbacks in the 2007 National League Championship Series.

Jon Gray started for the Rockies,[2] and Zack Greinke started for the Diamondbacks.[3]

Game results

Line score

October 4, 2017 5:08 pm (MST) at Chase Field in Phoenix, Arizona, 76 °F (24 °C), roof closed
Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Colorado Rockies 0 0 0 4 0 0 1 2 1 8 13 0
Arizona Diamondbacks 3 1 2 0 0 0 2 3 X 11 17 0
WP: Andrew Chafin (1–0)   LP: Jon Gray (0–1)
Home runs:
COL: Nolan Arenado (1), Trevor Story (1)
ARI: Daniel Descalso (1), Paul Goldschmidt (1)
Attendance: 48,803[4]

Game summary

Gray was rocked early, allowing two singles to start the bottom of the first, followed by a three-run home run to Paul Goldschmidt. Gray was ultimately knocked out of the game in the bottom of the second after David Peralta singled and scored on Ketel Marte's triple. Daniel Descalso's two-run home run off Tyler Anderson in the third made it 6–0 Diamondbacks. While Greinke coasted through the first three innings, he was unable to complete the fourth inning. After allowing two singles and recording one out, Gerardo Parra's single, Mark Reynolds's groundout, Jonathan Lucroy's double, and Alexi Amarista's pinch hit single scored a run each and reduced the Diamondback's lead to 6-4.[5] This lead was cut further to 6–5 in the seventh when Lucroy doubled, moved to third on Robbie Ray's wild pitch and scored on Charlie Blackmon's bunt groundout off Jorge De La Rosa, but the Diamondbacks extended their lead to 8–5 in the bottom of the inning on Archie Bradley's two-run triple off Pat Neshek. In the process, Bradley not only became the first relief pitcher to record a triple in a playoff game, but also the sixth pitcher in Major League history to record a triple during the playoffs.[6]

Back-to-back home runs by Nolan Arenado and Trevor Story off Bradley in the eighth cut the Diamondbacks' lead back to one. The Diamondbacks responded in the bottom half of the inning with A.J. Pollock's two-run triple off Greg Holland (which made the Diamondbacks the first team since the Boston Americans in 1903 to record four triples in a playoff game). After an intentional walk, Jeff Mathis's RBI squeeze single made it 11–7 Diamondbacks. In the ninth, Ian Desmond hit a leadoff single off Fernando Rodney, who struck out the next two batters, but Desmond advanced two bases on defensive indifferences before scoring on Carlos González's single to cut the Rockies' deficit to 11-8. Arenado then grounded out to end the game as the Diamondbacks advanced to the NLDS.

References

  1. ^ "MLB playoffs: Umpires for wild-card games, AL and NL Division Series announced". sports.yahoo.com. Yahoo Sports. Retrieved October 2, 2017.
  2. ^ Saunders, Patrick (September 7, 2017). "Rockies confident Jon Gray can take playoff step vs. Diamondbacks – The Denver Post". Denverpost.com. Retrieved October 5, 2017.
  3. ^ Saunders, Patrick. "Rockies know they're up against a true ace in D-backs' Zack Greinke – The Denver Post". Denverpost.com. Retrieved October 5, 2017.
  4. ^ "Boxscore: Colorado vs. Arizona, Wild Card Game". MLB.com. Retrieved October 4, 2017.
  5. ^ "Diamondbacks Greinke, Rockies Gray get run early in NL wild card game". Azcentral.com. May 16, 2017. Retrieved October 5, 2017.
  6. ^ "NL wild-card game: Diamondbacks beat Rockies in a wild one, advance to NLDS | MLB". Sporting News. Retrieved October 5, 2017.

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2017 National League Division Series

The 2017 National League Division Series were two best-of-five-game series to determine the participating teams of the 2017 National League Championship Series. The three divisional winners (seeded 1-3) and a fourth team—the winner of a one-game Wild Card playoff— played in two series.

These matchups were:

(1) Los Angeles Dodgers (West Division champions) vs (4) Arizona Diamondbacks (Wild Card Game winner)

(2) Washington Nationals (East Division champions) vs (3) Chicago Cubs (Central Division champions)For the first time, Major League Baseball sold presenting sponsorships to all of its postseason series; T-Mobile US acquired presenting sponsorship to the NLDS, and thus the series was officially known as the National League Division Series presented by T-Mobile.

Chase Field

Chase Field, formerly Bank One Ballpark, is a baseball park located in Downtown Phoenix, Arizona. It is the home of the Arizona Diamondbacks, the city's Major League Baseball (MLB) franchise. It opened in 1998, in time for the Diamondbacks' first game as an expansion team. Chase Field was the first stadium built in the United States with a retractable roof over a natural-grass playing surface, which was replaced by synthetic turf in 2019.

History of the Colorado Rockies

The History of the Colorado Rockies began in 1991 when a Major League Baseball (MLB) expansion franchise for Denver, Colorado was granted to an ownership group headed by John Antonucci. In 1993, the Colorado Rockies started play in the National League (NL) West division. Since that date, the Rockies have reached the MLB postseason four times, each time as the National League wild card team. Twice (1995 and 2009) they were eliminated in the first round of the playoffs. In 2007, the Rockies advanced all the way to the World Series, only to be swept by the Boston Red Sox.

Jordan Baker (umpire)

Jordan Christopher Baker (born December 23, 1981) is an umpire for Major League Baseball.Baker played college baseball at Oklahoma State. At 6' 7", Baker is the tallest active MLB umpire. Baker gained attention during the 2013 season for throwing wads of chewed gum onto the outfield grass after each half inning. Some critics described such action as disrespectful to the players and the ground crews.Baker was the second base umpire on July 30, 2017, when Adrián Beltré of the Texas Rangers got his 3000th career hit against the Baltimore Orioles.

On September 15, 2017, Baker ejected Cubs' John Lackey and Willson Contreras for arguing a strike call.

Baker made his first postseason assignment in 2017, appearing in the 2017 National League Wild Card Game.

Paul Goldschmidt

Paul Edward Goldschmidt (born September 10, 1987), nicknamed "Goldy", is an American professional baseball first baseman for the St. Louis Cardinals of Major League Baseball (MLB). He made his MLB debut with the Arizona Diamondbacks in 2011. Prior to playing professionally, Goldschmidt played baseball for The Woodlands High School and Texas State Bobcats.

Goldschmidt was lightly recruited out of The Woodlands. After playing at Texas State, the Diamondbacks selected him in the eighth round of the 2009 MLB draft. He rose through the minor leagues, reaching the major leagues on August 1, 2011. The Diamondbacks traded him to the Cardinals during the 2018–19 offseason.

Goldschmidt is a six-time MLB All-Star. He led the National League in home runs and runs batted in during the 2013 season. He has won the National League (NL) Hank Aaron Award, Gold Glove Award, and Silver Slugger Award. Goldschmidt has twice finished runner-up for the NL Major League Baseball Most Valuable Player Award, in 2013 and 2015.

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