"With two strikes, you can't really sit solely on that changeup. I was kind of sitting in between
and trying to fight the fastball the other way, and if he threw me the changeup, just try to put
it in play. I happened to put it on the barrel at the right trajectory and I hit it out of the
It was Tracy's third home run since coming back from knee surgery in March. The shot ended an
unusual version of a scoreless tie. The two teams left a combined 21 runners on base and had 12
walks combined, seven by Royals starter Zack Greinke, who threw seven innings.
D-backs starter Doug Davis had similar success in his seven innings, allowing 10 of the
30 batters he faced to get on base.
"That's me," Davis said. "It seems like I always get runners on and am able to make a pitch to
get out of the inning."
The two teams also went a combined 0-for-13 with runners in scoring position.
Billy Buckner (1-0), who was making his D-backs debut after Max Scherzer was optioned to
Triple-A Tucson, picked up the win against his former team. Buckner was recalled to give the
bullpen a fresh arm after it had pitched 16 2/3 innings in New York.
D-backs manager Bob Melvin said he would have sent Buckner out for the 11th inning if it came
down to it, even though Buckner threw eight innings in a start in Tucson just three days ago.
It was the D-backs third consecutive extra-innings affair, setting a new franchise record. The
D-backs are 2-1 in that span.
"As long as we're coming out on top, that's all that really matters," Davis said. "We've been
battling for the last month or so. We've just got to keep battling. These guys are working hard
and it shows."
Tracy also had a stellar defensive play in the top half of the 10th inning. After umpires ruled
that right fielder Justin Upton trapped a fly ball off the bat of Mark Grudzielanek with one out,
Tracy snared a hard grounder from Alex Gordon, tagged first base and threw down to second for
the double play that ended the inning.
Still, the talk after the game was about Tracy's homer.
"Typically 0-0 games like that, toward the end, a lot of times it takes a homer," Melvin said.
"Everybody's trying to hit one, it seems like. He hit a changeup, got a good piece of it, and
we'll take it.
"The farther these things go along, the more you tighten up. You want to be the hero. ... That's a
home run that makes you feel like you're back and a part of it. It obviously was the big at-bat
in the win. I know he'll go home with a smile on his face tonight. It was a good day for Trace."
Tracy is just happy to get back to making solid contributions after missing nearly an entire
season with the knee injury. He may create quite the positional logjam once outfielder Eric
Byrnes returns from the disabled list, which could happen this homestand. Regular first baseman Conor Jackson got his second start in left field.
"It's been about a year since I've played ball," Tracy said. "You go through your ups and downs
trying to get everything back to where it was and trying to get your body feeling all right. I'm
starting to feel like my knees are feeling good and I'm starting to feel 100 percent out here."