It was Town of Parker Community Night July 20 at Chase Field in Phoenix as the Arizona Diamondbacks faced the Milwaukee Brewers. A contingent of fans from Parker attended the game, including two van loads from the Parker Community/Senior Center. The Parker fans would likely have wanted a better final result, as the D-Backs fell to the Brewers, 8-3.
The Parker group was seated in a familiar location: Section 131 on the third base side of the field. This is where they’ve been seated in previous Town of Parker Community Nights.
Prior to the game, Parker Public Works Secretary Jackie Johnson announced to the group that Parker real estate agent David Plunkett had purchased nine tickets so young people who couldn’t afford to go to the game would have a chance to go.
Johnson also announced that two members of the U.S. Armed Forces had come to Parker specifically for the game. Her grandson, Michael Johnson, is in the U.S. Army and is based in Alaska. He’s a native of Florence, Ariz. Thomas Szczepaniak is a native of Parker who’s in the U.S. Navy and based in Norfolk, Va. Prior to graduating from high school, he gained fame in Parker by being named an Eagle Scout.
As for the game itself, D-Backs’ ace Zack Greinke started the game and went seven innings, giving up two runs on six hits with nine strikeouts. He helped his own cause with an RBI double in the fifth. Nick Ahmed and Connor Kelly also hit doubles for the D-Backs in that inning.
When Greinke was pulled for pinch hitter Jake Lamb after seven innings, the D-Backs were ahead, 3-2. Then, the Brewers jumped all over relief pitchers Andreu Chafin, Zack Godley and Stefan Crichton for six running in the final two innings to win it, 8-3.
The biggest blow was a three-run homer by Mike Moustakas off Chafin the eighth inning to give the Brewers the lead. The Brewers added three more in the top of the ninth.
Chafin took the loss for the D-Backs.
The game left Milwaukee at 52-48 and in second place in the National League Central. They’re three game behind the Chicago Cubs. The D-Backs are 50-49 and in second place in the National League West. They’re 15 games behind the Los Angeles Dodgers, but one game ahead of the third place San Francisco Giants.
Despite the outcome of the game, many of the Parker fans said they had a good time and they’d like to come back again next season.