The 2001 Arizona Diamondbacks resiliently arrived back again from a three video games to two deficit to defeat the mighty New York Yankees in the Earth Collection.
On Saturday at Chase Area, as the group celebrated the 20th anniversary of the title, the D-backs (45-92) could not uncover the magic of the title team, dropping 8-5 to the Seattle Mariners (74-62).
Purple, the major shade the D-backs donned in 2001, stuffed the ballpark Saturday. The D-backs wore throwback uniforms, a video montage of the 2001 Environment Series was played pregame and trumpeter Jesse McGuire, who performed the countrywide anthem at then-Financial institution A single Ballpark in the course of the 2001 postseason, played the nationwide anthem on Saturday. Bob Brenly, supervisor of the 2001 staff, along with critical users of the squad Luis Gonzalez and Mark Grace threw out ceremonial first pitches.
“(The 2001 Environment Collection win) was a distinctive moment that they established for this local community,” said D-backs’ supervisor Torey Lovullo. “And it’s what I get up for each and every one working day to have one thing like that materialize. So it is always a reminder to us in the dugout and the present workforce and the current group that which is our target. That’s in which I want to be at the end of the working day and I know the relaxation of the team of guys do as nicely. But to be in a position to connect with (the 2001 team) in a unique way like we did right now and convey back some unbelievable gamers with some unbelievable reminiscences was exciting for me and fun for the men as perfectly.”
The pregame celebration designed Chase Industry excitement additional than it normally has this calendar year as the D-backs have been in the cellar of the Nationwide League West division a lot of the time. And for the initially element of the match, it seemed as while the D-backs were being going to treat the crowd of 18,819 to a 2001-esque functionality.
In the leading of the initially inning, D-backs’ starter Humberto Castellanos gave up a 3-run residence run to Mariners 3rd baseman Kyle Seager. However, Arizona came again in the base of the inning to score 4 runs on a Carson Kelly two-run property run and a Stuart Fairchild two-operate double.
When the Mariners scored two runs on a J.P. Crawford two-operate solitary in the top of the fourth inning, Ketel Marte responded in the base of the body with his 10th house run of the time to tie the activity at 5.
Even so, Marte’s house run was the last time the D-backs showed any resemblance to the 2001 group in the activity. The D-backs had four baserunners the rest of the video game but were being unable to plate any of them and Seager strike one more a few-operate home run in the leading of the sixth inning off of D-backs reliever Caleb Smith that proved to be the sport-winning strike. The Mariners’ 3rd baseman completed the video game with six RBIs and prolonged his vocation-high in dwelling runs to 33.
“He strike our errors,” said D-backs’ catcher Carson Kelly. “He bought pitches out in excess of the plate. He took the close ones, acquired himself into good counts and he’s been undertaking this a lengthy time so bought us for two lengthy kinds there.”
Seattle starter Marco Gonzales picked up his seventh acquire of the period though Smith took the decline to drop to 4-9 on the season.
The D-backs will appear to prevent the sweep Sunday at 1:10 p.m. Arizona time. They are projected to start still left-hander Tyler Gilbert (1-2, 2.93 Era) towards Seattle starter Chris Flexen (11-5, 3.52). The video game will be broadcast on 98.7 FM Arizona’s Sporting activities Station.