The Arizona Diamondbacks Shock the Phillies with a Game 7 Victory in the NLCS, Securing Their Spot in the World Series

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The Arizona Diamondbacks Shock the Phillies with a Game 7 Victory in the NLCS, Securing Their Spot in the World Series

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Citizens Bank Park fell into stunned silence on Tuesday as the Arizona Diamondbacks brought an end to the Phillies’ season in a tense Game 7 showdown. The Diamondbacks, known for their surprising playoff performance, secured their berth in the World Series with a hard-fought 4-2 triumph over the Philadelphia Phillies.

Arizona Diamondbacks vs. Philadelphia Phillies, NLCS Game 7: D-backs 4, Phillies 2 (Arizona wins 4-3)

Game recap: The Diamondbacks took an early lead with two singles and a fielder’s choice in the opening inning. Alec Bohm responded for the Phillies with a powerful solo home run, leveling the score at 1-1 in the bottom of the second.

The Phillies surged ahead in the fourth, as Bryson Stott’s double brought home Bohm. However, Corbin Carroll quickly countered in the subsequent half-inning with a clutch two-out single that allowed Emmanuel Rivera to score. Carroll’s stolen base was followed by a timely single from Gabriel Moreno, swiftly reclaiming the lead for the Arizona team.

The Diamondbacks extended their lead in the seventh, with Geraldo Perdomo’s single, Ketel Marte’s double, and a sacrifice fly from Carroll. Marte’s continued postseason hitting streak earned him the well-deserved title of NLCS MVP.

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While both teams had opportunities to add to their scores, the resilient bullpens kept the game closely contested and low-scoring. Ultimately, it was the Arizona pitchers who managed to stifle the Philadelphia offense.

Pivotal moments: Two crucial moments stood out during the game. Firstly, in the top of the fifth, Carroll and Moreno’s clutch two-out singles not only leveled the score but also snatched the lead back from the Phillies, leading to the departure of Philadelphia starter Ranger Suárez just as the home team appeared to gain momentum.

Secondly, in the bottom of the seventh, the Phillies seemed poised to seize the advantage. Walks from Christian Pache and Kyle Schwarber set the stage for Trea Turner and Bryce Harper to make a heroic move. However, D-backs manager Torey Lovullo’s decision to bring in Kevin Ginkel proved pivotal, as he managed to secure critical outs from both Turner and Harper, quelling the potential threat.

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To cap off his remarkable performance, Ginkel secured three consecutive strikeouts in the following inning, dismissing Bohm, Stott, and J.T. Realmuto. This sequence left the Phillies heading into the ninth inning desperately needing runs to salvage their season.

Player of the Match: In the decisive Game 7 of the NLCS, Corbin Carroll delivered an impressive 3-for-4 performance, matching the record for hits by a rookie in a high-stakes, winner-take-all game. Carroll’s contributions were pivotal, as he not only scored but also drove in crucial runs, showcasing his talent at the grandest stage.

What’s on the horizon? With their hard-fought victory, the 84-win Diamondbacks secured their spot in the World Series for the first time since 2001. Their next challenge comes against the Texas Rangers. The opening game is scheduled for 8:03 p.m. ET on Friday at Arlington, Texas.

Meanwhile, the Philadelphia Phillies are left to reflect on their journey as they head back home. Their season has come to an end.

Reference:

https://ca.sports.yahoo.com/news/mlb-playoffs-2023-arizona-diamondbacks-stun-phillies-with-nlcs-game-7-victory-punch-ticket-to-world-series-032320249.html

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