Parra's walk-off single caps comeback

Parra's walk-off single caps comeback

PHOENIX -- Play all 27 outs.

A.J. Hinch knows that his team is probably tired of hearing him say it.

"I know it's something I've said a lot," the D-backs manager said.

Saturday night's 4-3 win in 10 innings over the Dodgers, though, proved how that mindset can pay off.

Down to their last two outs, the D-backs rallied to tie the game against closer Jonathan Broxton thanks to back-to-back homers from Mark Reynolds and Miguel Montero.

It was certainly an unlikely comeback given the circumstances. Reynolds was 2-for-16 over the past five games prior to the at-bat and he was 1-for-5 against Broxton in his career with four strikeouts.

Yet the first pitch he saw from Broxton he blasted off the batter's eye in center for his 37th home run of the season.

"He threw me a slider and I honestly don't know how I hit it," Reynolds said. "It just kind of spun over the plate and I was able to recognize it and put a good swing on it. That guy is tough to square up and you have to take advantage of it when you get a pitch like that to hit."

That brought Montero to the plate and he too had not had much success in his career against the big Dodgers right-hander. Montero was 0-for-7 with a pair of walks and three strikeouts against Broxton.

On a 1-1 pitch, Broxton threw a four-seam fastball down and a little in and Montero hit it into the pool beyond the wall in right-center.

"I know he's a pretty tough pitcher," Montero said. "I don't remember getting a hit off him before and today I was like, 'You know what, I'm feeling good, I'm going to hit him.' I wasn't trying to do too much because I know he throws hard. I just knew I'd have to put the barrel down and he would do the rest."

After closer Chad Qualls got through the top of the 10th, the D-backs quickly jumped on Ramon Troncoso in the bottom half.

Augie Ojeda led off with a single to left and pitcher Dan Haren pinch-hit and dropped down a perfect sacrifice bunt.

Troncoso then walked Stephen Drew intentionally and unintentionally walked Trent Oeltjen to load the bases. That brought up Gerardo Parra and he laced the first pitch he saw into center to clinch the win.

"That was one of our best wins of the year," Reynolds said. "Me and Miggy were able to put together some good ABs on [Broxton] and the rest of the guys came through in the 10th."

While they were all smiles after the game, the D-backs were anything but in the sixth when Dodgers starter Hiroki Kuroda was hit in the head by a line drive off the bat of Rusty Ryal. The ball struck Kuroda with such force that it landed on the warning track behind the D-backs' on-deck circle and bounced into the stands.

Kuroda had to be carted off the field.

"When Kuroda got hit, it just puts everything in perspective and obviously our thoughts went to him," Hinch said. "That's one of the worst ones I've ever seen. The amount of distance that ball traveled the sound after hitting him, it was awful."

Ryal, called up last week from Triple-A Reno was the most distraught. He initially walked towards the mound to check on Kuroda and afterward was pacing near second base.

"It's unfortunate," said Ryal, who wrote Kuroda a letter following the game. "You want everyone to be safe and have success in this game, you don't wish that upon anybody. My thoughts and prayers go out to him and his family. I hope he's doing alright right now. You get that sick feeling in your stomach. Scary, just scary. I was just scared and I'm sure everyone else in the stadium, probably his teammates got to be feeling gut-wrenching about it."

Hinch trotted out to speak with Ryal and the pair walked back to the dugout together while Kuroda was tended to and reliever James McDonald warmed up.

"I didn't know what to do with myself," Ryal said. "I just kind of felt lost, just wandering around. That's why A.J. came out to make sure I had my feet underneath me and that I was OK."

Said Hinch, "I just went out and told him to say a prayer for him, take a deep breath and that's it's part of the game, it's an awful, awful part of the game. I said this is going to be a while so why don't you come over with your team and sit down for a couple of minutes."

Initial tests performed on Kuroda indicated that he had nothing more serious than a concussion, but he was kept overnight for observation.

Steve Gilbert is a reporter for This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.