Hale revels in D-backs' compete level

Hale revels in D-backs' compete level

PHOENIX -- As the game reached the later innings Friday night and the D-backs still trailing the Cubs, manager Chip Hale ran through in his mind what he might say to his to his team after the game. In the end, Hale realized that aside from another hit here or there, he was satisfied with their effort.

When pinch-runner Chris Owings touched the plate in the ninth to give the D-backs a 3-2 win over the Cubs, Hale had a result he could be satisfied with as well.

"It was a really good baseball game," Hale said. "I thought both sides just played really good baseball tonight."

The D-backs trailed, 2-1, in the eighth when Jean Segura once again jump-started the offense.

Segura, who was 3-for-4 on the night and became the first player in franchise history to collect multiple hits in each of the first five games of a season, singled, stole second and moved to third on a groundout.

That brought Paul Goldschmidt to the plate, and with two outs, lefty Travis Wood ready in the bullpen and the left-handed-hitting David Peralta on deck, it seemed the Cubs would walk Goldschmidt intentionally.

Goldy's RBI ties game

When the first two pitches from Pedro Strop went for balls, Hale thought the Cubs were going to pitch around Goldschmidt.

The third pitch was a strike and the fourth was another strike that Goldschmidt lined to center to tie the game.

"No," Goldschmidt said when asked if he was surprised the Cubs pitched to him. "Strop is one of their best pitchers in the bullpen, one of their shutdown guys. I was just trying to be ready, and fortunately was able to get him. He struck me out last night and got me out plenty of times before, so that's just kind of how it goes."

Speaking of strikeouts, Yasmany Tomas had two by the time his spot rolled around in the ninth and had looked bad in going 0-for-3.

"He just gets into some modes sometimes where he's either taking or swinging," Hale said. "And it seems like he was swinging at the wrong ones and taking the wrong ones."

With a 1-1 count, though, Tomas somehow was able to get on top of a high and inside pitch from Trevor Cahill and dump it into left field to score Owings from second base.

"He has the ability to hit really, really good pitcher's pitches," Hale said. "He has a good ability with the barrel to manipulate it. So we'll take it."

Steve Gilbert is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter @SteveGilbertMLB. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.