"I was excited. It's stuff you dream about," Drury said. "I can't really explain it. It's everything you work for."
A day after collecting three hits in a D-backs win, the 23-year-old continues to impress manager Chip Hale. For a team that was eliminated from playoff contention over the weekend, these final two weeks are crucial in evaluating future talent.
"He's done a nice job up here," Hale said. We're just trying to see as much as possible right now. We've got a lot of young talent, especially at the position player category, so we're trying to get these guys at-bats and see what we have for next year. He did it in Spring Training, and we wouldn't expect anything less."
Coming to the plate with two runners on in the ninth, Drury got a first-pitch fastball that he liked from reliever Adam Liberatore, but he fouled it off. Two pitches later, Drury got another fastball and parked it in the stands in left-center field.
"I was looking for a fastball, and I got a good swing on it," Drury said. "He came back with the same pitch again, and I just got it good."
Steve Bourbon is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.