D’backs outslug Rockies to advance

The Associated Press
Bob Baum

PHOENIX–Three bags, four times.
And you wouldn’t believe who got in on all the fun for the Arizona Diamondbacks.
Spirited reliever Archie Bradley hit a stunning triple in the seventh inning–driving in two runs with one of four three-baggers by Arizona that sent the Diamondbacks past the Colorado Rockies 11-8 in the NL wild-card game last night.
“After today, I think pretty much I’ve seen everything,” first-year Arizona manager Torey Lovullo said.
“This was an incredible game.”
As he watched his top reliever rounding second base, Lovullo said he thought, “Please stop there.”
But that’s not Bradley.
“That’s just kind of who I am,” he remarked.
“I don’t know any other way to play so I was going to run as hard as I could until they told me to stop.”
Paul Goldschmidt launched an early three-run homer and the Diamondbacks built a 6-0 lead before ace Zack Greinke faltered.
Colorado climbed back into it and cut it to 8-7 when Nolan Arenado and Trevor Story hit back-to-back homers in the eighth off Bradley–perhaps tired from hustling around the bases and shouting in excitement to giddy teammates.
But then A.J. Pollock knocked in two runs with Arizona’s fourth triple, this one off closer Greg Holland, as the Diamondbacks scored three times in their half of the eighth to finally put it away.
“Right away all hell broke loose,” noted Rockies’ manager Bud Black. “And from then on it was a heavyweight fight.”
“That’s one of the best games I’ve ever been a part of, if not the best,” said Goldschmidt.
Arizona advanced to a best-of-five Division Series against the NL West champion Dodgers–a team the Diamondbacks beat the last six times they played.
Game 1 is tomorrow night in L.A.
“Look, the Dodgers got on a tremendous run there,” Lovullo noted. “And I think they were steamrolling teams and intimidating teams, and I don’t think we have that mentality.
“We love that battle mindset,” he added. “We love that challenge.”
The Diamondbacks became the first team with four triples in a post-season game since the Boston Americans (now Red Sox) twice hit five during the first World Series back in 1903 against Pittsburgh.
It was that kind of crazy night in the desert as two NL West foes slugged it out.
Daniel Descalso also homered for the Diamondbacks while Ketel Marte tripled twice.
Fernando Rodney allowed a run in the ninth before closing out Arizona’s first playoff game since 2011.
Jake Lamb tied a Diamondbacks’ post-season record with four hits–all singles–and scored three times.
Jonathan Lucroy doubled twice, scored two runs, and drove in one for the Rockies in their first playoff appearance since 2009.
The other NLDS features the Chicago Cubs against the Nationals, which also gets underway tomorrow night in Washington.