“Dodgers are a quality team, slayed a 900-pound gorilla” Arizona ‘thrilled’ to jump in the pool

“Dodgers are a quality team, slayed a 900-pound gorilla” Arizona ‘thrilled’ to jump in the pool

The Arizona Diamondbacks swept the Los Angeles Dodgers in three straight games to advance to the Championship Series for the first time in 16 years.

Arizona defeated the Dodgers 4-2 in Game 3 of the best-of-five National League Division Series (NLDS) of the 2023 Major League Baseball postseason at Chase Field in Phoenix, 메이저사이트 Arizona, on Sunday (Nov. 12).

Four solo home runs in the third inning by Herald Perdomo, Ketel Marte, Christian Walker, and Gabriel Moreno broke the game open. It was the first four-homer inning in postseason history. Rookie Brandon Phott dominated the Dodgers at the plate, pitching four and a third scoreless innings before effectively turning to the bullpen.

With the win, Arizona eliminated the Dodgers in three games, following an 11-2 Game 1 and 4-2 Game 2 victory. In the regular season, Arizona (84-78) finished a whopping 16 games behind the Dodgers (100-62), but they turned that around in fall ball. It’s the sixth-largest upset in postseason history, according to MLB.com. They overcame the largest deficit of any team to win a three-game sweep, making it one of the most complete upsets in history.

Arizona, which advanced to the Championship Series for the first time in 16 years since 2007, was overjoyed. “I’m so happy for us,” said Arizona owner Ken Kendrick. It’s been a long time coming. “I was talking to my friends and they called the Dodgers the ‘900-pound gorilla,’ and they’ve always been that for us. They’ve always been that to us, and they deserve it. We finally put that gorilla to sleep for a while.”

In the United States, there is an expression “800-pound gorilla,” which refers to a powerful company that dominates a market. Kendrick described the Dodgers as a 900-pound gorilla with an extra 100 pounds. The Dodgers, who have won 10 NL West titles in the last 11 years since 2013, are like a giant corporation with a monopoly on the market. In the same NL West, the Dodgers’ high wall has finally been breached by Arizona.

Arizona head coach Torrey Lovullo said, “It’s hard to put into words how I feel right now. It’s a credit to all of our players for taking care of each other in the right way. The Dodgers have been an unbelievably good team all year, and to come out and win against a team like that. It feels special because I know how hard we worked for this day.” “I have a lot of respect for Dave Roberts and the Dodgers. They’re a really good team, a really high caliber team. It makes you feel a little bit better knowing that you beat a team that’s had so much success,” he said, adding that beating the Dodgers meant a lot.

Arizona players celebrated after the game by jumping into the pool in right field at Chase Field as a team. In 2013, after the Dodgers clinched the district title at Chase Field, there was controversy when the A’s took offense to Arizona’s unauthorized entry into the pool for a victory party. A decade later, Arizona players celebrated in the pool after beating the Dodgers.

Rookie outfielder Corbin Carroll, who is 4-for-17 with two home runs, four RBIs, six walks, two stolen bases and a 1.389 OPS in five games this postseason, starting with the wild-card series against the Milwaukee Brewers, said, “It’s unbelievable to be here. It doesn’t feel real. It’s something we’ve been working on all year.” /waw@osen.co.kr

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