Winners and losers of NL Wild Card Game

Thursday, 05 Oct, 2017

Arizona Diamondbacks right fielder J.D. Martinez walks through the dugout as he gets ready for batting practice Monday, Oct. 2, 2017, at Chase Field in Phoenix as the team prepared for a National League wild-card playoff baseball game against the Colorado Rockies on Wednesday.

The Rockies will start Jon Gray tonight, who posted a 10-4 record with a 3.67 ERA in 20 games for the Rockies in 2017.

A half-inning later, Bradley, obviously spent following his mad sprint around the bases, gave both of those runs back on back-to-back homers by Nolan Arenado and Trevor Story - after having given up only four homers in 73 regular season innings this season - then put the tying run on second base before finally escaping.

The pitching matchup should be a good one as Gray has had success against the Diamondbacks, while Grienke went 2-1 with a 3.41 ERA against the Rockies in five starts this season.

The victor of Wednesday's game hads for Los Angeles to play the NL West champion Dodgers in a best-of-five Division Series beginning Friday. But this is also a divisional game for both clubs, which means that they know each other pretty well and that this game could really go either way.

Blackmon, LeMahieu and Gonzalez went 1-2-3 in the first. The righty led the majors in ERA previous year, missed time this season because of pain in the middle finger of his pitching hand, and had a 2.19 ERA in his final 13 starts after the All-Star break. The Diamondbacks would get a two-run triple to make pull ahead 8-5. They are 10-14 on Wednesdays, while the Diamondbacks are 15-10. Colorado ended a seven-year postseason drought, the fifth-longest current streak.

The Diamondbacks have played the Rockies tough this year, winning the season series 11-8.

The Arizona Diamondbacks come into this one fresh off of their 11-8 victory over the Colorado Rockies in the wild card game. The 25-year-old right-hander has allowed three or fewer runs in each of his last 13 starts, sporting a 2.64 ERA since July 25 with 80 strikeouts in 78⅓ innings. Taijuan Walker was the only Diamondbacks starter not on the roster.

In 97 games, Owings hit to a.268/.299/.442 triple-slash with 12 home runs over 386 plate appearances. Where have all the good pitchers gone, one might ask? Greinke is a veteran that has pitched in 9 postseason games with a respectable 3.55 postseason ERA. Picking winners and losers was from this one was not easy but in the end, we've done just that. Greinke knows exactly what the big stage feels like and all it entails, as he has been a part of a playoff team from 2013-2015.

Where: Chase Field, Phoenix, Ariz.

Greinke blanked the Rockies on one hit through three innings but never made it through the fourth.

The Diamondbacks clung to a one-run lead in the seventh inning, when reliever Archie Bradley tripled home two runs against All-Star reliever Pat Neshek.