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Bee-Lieve: Walker's Homer Lifts Diamondbacks Over Dodgers After Delay for Bee Swarm
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By Associated Press
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May 1, 2024

Christian Walker homered twice, including a two-run drive in the 10th inning that gave the Diamondbacks a bee-delayed 4-3 win over the Dodgers on Tuesday night. (GV Wire Composite/Paul Marshall)

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PHOENIX — Christian Walker homered twice, including a two-run drive in the 10th inning that gave the Arizona Diamondbacks a bee-delayed 4-3 win over the Los Angeles Dodgers on Tuesday night.

A bee swarm atop the netting behind home plate caused a delay of nearly two hours as players and fans waited for a beekeeper to remove the colony. Players tried to keep busy in the indoor batting cage and clubhouse to kill time while they waited for the bees to be removed.

“It was weird, but props to the guys for shutting it down and then getting it back on and being ready to play,” Walker said.

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Arizona RHP Zac Gallen (3-2, 3.38 ERA) is cleared to pitch in Wednesday’s series finale after leaving his last start with right hamstring soreness. He’ll face RHP Yoshinobu Yamamoto (2-1, 3.54), making his sixth start since signing with the Dodgers out of Japan.

Game Resumes After Bee Delay

The activity in the game didn’t pick up until late.

Gabriel Moreno hit a tying single for Arizona in the eighth, but Los Angeles reliever Nabil Crismatt (1-1) worked a perfect ninth to send it to extra innings.

The Dodgers loaded the bases against Scott McGough (1-3) in the 10th, and Will Smith drove in Gavin Lux with a sacrifice fly for a one-run lead.

Walker at first was going to go up looking to try to move the automatic runner from second to third, but Diamondbacks manager Torey Lovullo told him to end the game instead. Walker wasted no more time buzzing around, launching Crismatt’s third pitch of the 10th into the left-field seats to set off a wild celebration at Chase Field.

“That was a little bit of edge that I needed, otherwise maybe trying to use the middle of the field, move a runner to third base right there,” Walker said. “I think that a little bit of freedom and forgiveness helped me.”

Switch in Strategy After Bee Delay

The Diamondbacks opted to switch gears after the long wait, sending out left-hander Brandon Hughes instead of scheduled starter Jordan Montgomery, who had gone through his full warmup before the delay was announced.

Los Angeles stuck with Landon Knack and he gave up a solo homer to Walker in the fourth — the only run the right-hander allowed on three hits in five innings.

The Dodgers loaded the bases against Justin Martinez in the fifth and tied the game on Joe Mantiply’s wild pitch. A balk by Mantiply scored Smith from third to make it 2-1 in the sixth.

But the Diamondbacks rallied late, earning a much-needed win on a bizarre night at the ballpark.

“One of my buddies texted me a Google screenshot of honeybees and how they’re a sign of good luck from ancient times,” Hughes said after making his first career start in his Arizona debut. “And it was actually like a little bit deeper, how they use teamwork and cooperation. I mean, that was a a full team win right there.”

Trainer’s Room

Dodgers: RHP Walker Buehler (elbow) allowed a run and seven hits in five innings during a rehab start for Triple-A Oklahoma City.

Diamondbacks: LHP Kyle Nelson was transferred to the 60-day injured list and will have surgery for thoracic outlet syndrome. Arizona selected Hughes’ contract from Triple-A Reno to take Nelson’s spot and optioned LHP Tommy Henry to the minors after Monday night’s game.

 

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