It took 14 innings, but Tyler Krause sent everyone home happy with a walkoff double to straightaway center to give Arizona an 8-7 win over Utah Valley on Tuesday.
Krause, who was pinch-hitting for Morgan Earman (W, 1-0), brought home Scott Kingery who singled and stole second to set up the game-winner.
Story of the night was Arizona's bullpen, who only gave up one run and four hits over the final 12 1/3 innings of the game.
Mathew Troupe started the game after pitching in relief on Saturday. Coach Lopez is hoping Troupe will join the weekend rotation eventually, but his first attempt at starting did not go so well.
Troupe gave up six earned runs in just 1 2/3 innings before being relieved by Cody Moffett. Troupe allowed eight hits on his 53 pitches. I have not been a fan of Troupe moving out of the bullpen from the start, and it's getting worse. He's now given up ten hits in 3 2/3 innings in his two games.
Moffett has been great in the early part of the season. He's now pitched 7 2/3 innings and has only given up five hits and one run this year.
Other notable performances from the bullpen tonight include Earman (2 IP, 0 hits), Xavier Borde (1.2 IP, 0 hits) and Bobby Dalbec (2.2 IP, 1 hit)
That's right, Dalbec made his first appearance on the mound after starting the game at first base. In fact, the only reason Krause had the opportunity to hit was because Arizona burned the DH spot when Dalbec took the mound. So it all worked out.
The two-way guy Dalbec was as advertised on the mound, but definitely wore down at the end, walking the last two guys he faced. He also drove in two runs on a single to left in the 6th.
That single brought Arizona within one. Utah Valley extended their lead to two in the top of the 7th, but Willie Calhoun and Zach Gibbons tied the game up in the bottom of the 7th with a single and sac fly respectively.
Riley Moore had an interesting 13th inning. He threw out a baserunner (that never happens) in the top of the inning, and then stole a base (that also never happens) in the bottom of the inning. Make sure that guy is always in the game when the 13th rolls around.
Arizona and Utah Valley square off again very soon as they play at 1 PM on Wednesday. Check in here for the live streaming video, lineups, and game chat as we get close to first pitch.