It was a tight, back-and-forth affair in Game 7 of the NLCS as the Arizona Diamondbacks continued their shocking playoff streak and secured a ticket to the World Series with a 4-2 victory over the Philadelphia Phillies.
Arizona Diamondbacks at Philadelphia Phillies, NLCS Game 7: D-Backs 4, Phillies 2 (Arizona wins 4-3)
The Diamondbacks reached first in the first inning with two singles and a fielder’s choice. Alec Bohm tied the score with a solo home run that tied the game at 1-1 in the bottom of the second.
The Phillies took the lead in the fourth with Bryson Stott scoring a double for Bohm. Corbin Carroll got it going in the next half inning with a two-out single that scored Emmanuel Rivera. In the ensuing batting attack, Carroll stole second and then scored on a single by Gabriel Moreno, giving Arizona back the lead.
In the seventh, the Diamondbacks made a sure run with a single by Geraldo Perdomo, a double by Ketel Marte – who continued his postseason winning streak – and a sacrifice fly by Carroll.
Both teams threatened more at various points, but the bullpens kept it close and scored low, and in the end the Arizona Arms prevailed over the Philadelphia Bats.
There were probably two. First, Carroll and Moreno tied the game early in the fifth, retaking the lead and chasing Philly starter Ranger Suarez just when it looked like the Phillies might really get going.
Then, in the bottom of the seventh period, the Phillies had their best chance to take the lead. Single walks from Christian Pache and Kyle Schwarber paved the way for Trea Turner and Bryce Harper to do something heroic.
Instead, D-Backs manager Torey Lovullo turned to Kevin Ginkel, who engineered big outs to end the threat.
To put an exclamation point on his performance, Ginkel recorded three straight strikeouts in the next inning – against Bohm, Stott and JT Realmuto – sending the Phillies to ninth as they desperately needed runs to save their season.
In Game 7 of the NLCS, with a trip to the World Series on the line, Corbin Carroll went 3-for-4 and tied the game the record for hits by a rookie in a winner-take-all game.
Carroll scored two runs, recorded two RBI and stole two bases, the first of which was recorded as the fastest stolen base of the 2023 playoffs. Just a little extra shine from Arizona’s star rookie.
The Diamondbacks managed to win this game by four runs. For those keeping track, Carroll scored, drove in a run, scored again and drove in another run. Not bad for a 23 year old.
The 84-win Diamondbacks advance to the World Series where they will face the Texas Rangers. Game 1 begins at 8:03 p.m. ET on Friday in Arlington, Texas.
The Philadelphia Phillies are on the way home. Your season is over.