On Friday, the D-Backs rallied from a three-run deficit in NLCS Game 4 to even the series – and literally made a splash in the process.
Philadelphia Phillies at Arizona Diamondbacks, NLCS Game 4: (Series draw 2:2)
The bottom of the seventh inning began with Arizona trailing 5-2 after the Phillies’ strong lineup rattled off runs in four consecutive innings to erase an early 2-0 D-Backs lead.
Kyle Schwarber hit a home run in the fourth to get his team on the board. Brandon Marsh doubled in JT Realmuto to tie the game in the fifth. Alec Bohm prevailed over Schwarber and Trea Turner and took the lead in the sixth round. In the seventh, Turner hit a sacrifice fly to score Johan Rojas for an insurance run.
It was the type of game that felt familiar after so many underwhelming performances from the Phillies, but the D-backs held their own and limited the damage to one or two runs per inning. Then they struck back.
A long rally produced a run – just one run – in the seventh inning to make it 5-3, and then Arizona got its chance in the eighth inning against Craig Kimbrel, who had facilitated the walk-off win the night before.
Lourdes Gurriel Jr. hit a leadoff double to bring the crowd to its feet, and Alek Thomas hit a game-winning two-run home run straight into the center field pool at Chase Field.
The rally wasn’t over yet. The Phillies opted to stick with Kimbrel — a historically good reliever who was strangely prone to breakdowns — and soon watched as he allowed a single to Ketel Marte and a HBP to Corbin Carroll. Kimbrel was eventually brought in for closer Jose Alvarado, who then allowed the game-winning single to Gabriel Moreno.
With the Diamondbacks suddenly in the lead, Arizona closer Paul Sewald came in and struck out the Phillies. In doing so, he secured a victory that will have a special place in the history of the D-Backs if they manage to win in this series.
Game 5 takes place on Saturday at 8:07 p.m. ET. It’s Zack vs. Zac again as Wheeler receives the ball for the Phillies while Gallen plays for the Diamondbacks. With the NLCS tied, a best-of-three game now begins with another game in Arizona.