It was a strange sight after a big hit.
Ketel Marte’s two-out single in the 13th inning led the Arizona Diamondbacks to a 2-1 victory over the Pittsburgh Pirates on Friday night. But, right after his go-ahead hit, Marte slammed his helmet down in frustration so hard that the sound could be heard all the way to the top of the ballpark. The second baseman was angry about being caught in a rundown to make the final out of the inning.
The game was scoreless until both teams scored an unearned run in the 11th following a pitcher’s duel between Arizona’s Patrick Corbin and Pittsburgh’s Ivan Nova.
Corbin and Nova were nearly flawless as neither allowed a run and gave up just three hits. Nova pitched eight innings, while Corbin went seven.
Corbin’s 12 strikeouts matched his career high set April 4 against the Los Angeles Dodgers, and the left-hander had a stretch in which he set down 13 hitters in a row between the first and fifth innings. He had allowed a combined 10 runs in 11 1/3 innings in his previous two starts.
I just had a rough time getting a grip on the ball, Bedrosian said (via The Orange County Register). I couldn’t locate my pitches. No matter what I did, I couldn’t seem to get a grip on the breaking balls.
Jim Johnson then allowed another run as the Angels lost 6-1.
Though Bedrosian attributed his struggles to humidity at Comerica Park following the rainfall, some believe a goose that hung out in right field during the second rain delay before flying headlong into a scoreboard injected life in the Tigers. Hence the legend of the Rally Goose was born.
They definitely had some uncharacteristic mistakes, he said. We had a lot of baserunners there. So, maybe keeping the pressure on them led to that. They don’t do that very often, and they probably won’t the rest of the series.
St. Louis manager Mike Matheny addressed the miscues.