For the second straight day, the Arizona Diamondbacks pulled off a thrilling come-from-behind victory in the National League Championship Series (NLCS).
Arizona rallied for a 6-5 victory over the Philadelphia Phillies in Game 4 of the 2023 Major League Baseball NLCS at Chase Field in Phoenix, Arizona, on April 21. Coming off two losses on the road, Arizona evened the series at 2-2 with a second straight one-run thriller at home.메이저사이트
Continuing the momentum from the previous day’s thrilling come-from-behind victory, Arizona took control of the game early. In the bottom of the second, leadoff hitter Christian Walker reached on a throwing error by the third baseman and advanced to third on a wild pitch two batters later. Evan Longoria walked to put runners on second and third, and Emmanuel Rivera singled up the middle to score the first run.
In the bottom of the third, leadoff hitter Ketel Marte led off with a single and advanced to second on a wild pitch. After Corbin Carroll walked to load the bases, Gabriel Moreno singled to right center to bring in the third run and make the score 2-0.
The Phillies battled back in the fourth inning. In the top of the fourth, leadoff hitter Kyle Schwarber drew a full count of seven pitches and capitalized on a Kyle Nelson four-seam fastball for a solo home run over the right-center field fence.
The Phillies loaded the bases with one out in the top of the fifth when J.T. Realmuto led off with a single and came around to score on a Nick Castellanos walk. Brandon Marsh followed with an RBI double to left-center to tie the game at 2-2.
Setting the tone, Arizona loaded the bases with no outs in the top of the sixth with three walks. Arizona pitcher Ryan Thompson induced a grounder to third base off Alec Bomb, but Rivera’s throw to third base bounced in front of home plate and was poorly handled by catcher Moreno, allowing both runners to cross home plate to make it a 4-2 game.
In the seventh inning, Philadelphia scored a run on a sacrifice fly to make the score 2-5. Arizona put together a hit and two walks to load the bases in the bottom of the seventh, and Walker drew a bases-loaded walk to make it 3-5.
Craig Kimbrel struggled for the second straight day.
The Phillies brought in Kimbrel, who had allowed a game-tying single the day before, in the bottom of the eighth. For Arizona, it was an opportunity. Leadoff hitter Rueredes Gurriel Jr. led off with a double to put runners in scoring position. Longoria flied out to left field, but with runners on first and second, pinch-hitter Alec Thomas drew a full count and pulled Kimbrel’s outside fastball for a dramatic two-run double.
Arizona’s comeback would not end there. Two batters later, Marte singled and Carroll walked to put runners on first and second. The Phillies pulled Kimbrel and brought in Jose Alvarado, but couldn’t stop Arizona’s momentum. With runners on first and second, Moreno singled to put runners on second and third, giving Arizona a 6-5 lead.
In the top of the ninth, Arizona closer Paul Seawald walked Marsh and Jake Cave to load the bases with two outs. Seawald gave up a double to Schwarber, but struck out the final batter, Trey Turner, on a wild pitch to end the game.
Arizona and Philadelphia used a total of 16 pitchers on the day, eight each, and it was the Phillies who came out on top as they shut down veteran closer Kimbrel, who has 417 career saves, for the second straight day. With the series tied at two games apiece, the two teams will play a fateful Game 5 at the same location on April 22.