Did it ever.
Pinch-hitter Chris Young hit a tiebreaking, three-run double in the eighth inning and Stephen Drew(notes) finished a single shy of the cycle, helping the Arizona Diamondbacks rally for an 11-7 win over the Colorado Rockies on Saturday night.
Reynolds was hoping to see just this type of performance after ripping his team for their recent lackluster play.
“What I said (Friday) wasn’t to call anybody out or (expletive) anybody off,” Reynolds said. “We came out and responded. That’s huge. If we can’t build off this one, I don’t know what it will take for us.”
The Arizona third baseman followed up his words with actions, hitting a solo homer in the fourth. He’s now third in the NL in homers with 23.
But the night belonged to Drew and two players whose names weren’t even in the starting lineup as Diamondbacks manager A.J. Hinch switched things up in an attempt generate more offense.
Lopez’s performance got overshadowed a bit. He worked his way on base with a walk just before Young’s hit. Lopez also had a two-run single in the ninth to give Arizona more breathing room.
“Man, this win means a lot the way things are going around here,” Lopez said. “Everybody’s happy, playing music—the way it’s supposed to be. It’s about having fun.”
It took a late rally to make sure the fun returned to the clubhouse.
Trailing 4-3 heading into the eighth, Arizona scored six times to open up a big lead—and then had to hang on.
Drew then followed with a two-run homer, his third hit of the night to go along with a walk and a flyout.
The Rockies rallied in their half of the eighth, scoring three times.
“Just like when you’re a kid and you get the wind knocked out of you, I just couldn’t catch my breath after that,” Cook said. “I tried to throw a couple of pitches. I just told (Rockies manager Jim) Tracy I couldn’t do it.”
Cook was still in line for the win until the bullpen imploded.
Rusty from not much work lately?
Tracy’s hoping so.
“If it happens once in a while, you’re OK,” he said. “If it’s on a regular basis, that’s a different story. But that hasn’t been the case.”
Still, it wasn’t enough to overtake a team motivated by a player’s rant.
Just as Reynolds envisioned?
Maybe not, but he’ll take it.
“Definitely I was proud,” Reynolds said. “After tonight, hopefully guys get their confidence going and we keep it up.”
NOTES: For the second straight night, the game was sent into a rain delay by an afternoon thunderstorm. The contest was delayed 27 minutes. … Parra’s hit in the ninth was originally ruled an error, but changed to a double. He finished 4-for-5 with two doubles and three runs scored. … Drew came up in the ninth needing a single for the cycle, but grounded out to second base. … Young is now 2-for-9 as a pinch hitter this season.