Diamondbacks Win Game 7 Against Phillies (4-2) to Reach 1st World Series Since 2001
The underdog story continues! The Diamondbacks have stunned the baseball world throughout October, and they’re not done yet. Arizona won Game 7 last night in Philadelphia (4-2) to send the Phillies home in the NLCS for the second straight season. Corbin Carroll was the star of Game 7, going 3-for-4 with 2 RBIs in another clutch performance by the rookie. The D-Backs trailed 2-1 after four innings, but a two-run 5th flipped the board. Arizona added one in the 7th, and tensions rose throughout Citizens Bank Park. Philadelphia put two men on in the bottom of the 7th, but Arizona reliever Kevin Ginkel got out of the jam. The last six outs were quick, and the D-Backs sent heartbreak back into Philly fans for another offseason.
NLCS MVP: Ketel Marte
Diamondbacks’ 2B Ketel Marte took home the NL MVP after logging a .387 batting average and a .987 OPS with 12 hits, four doubles, one triple and a stolen base. Marte also set the MLB record for most consecutive games with a hit in his playoff career (16 games).
The Cinderella Snakes
If you recall, the Diamondbacks were not supposed to be here (not even a little bit). Arizona was +10000 to win the World Series at the beginning of the year — the 24th-best odds. The D-Backs clawed their way to the No. 6 seed in the National League, earning a playoff bid by the narrowest of margins over the Cubs (1 Game), Reds (2 Games) and Padres (2 Games). Then, they upstaged the Brewers, Dodgers, and Phillies. Arizona’s 82 regular-season wins were the lowest among all 12 playoff teams. It’s a southwest World Series between Arizona and Texas coming this weekend.
Fun Fact: Texas (#5, ALCS) and Arizona (#6, NLCS) are the lowest combination of seeds to meet in the World Series. It’s the second time in history that two wild card teams have reached the Fall Classic in the same postseason (2014: Giants-Royals).
NLCS Game 7 Highlights
ARI Wins Series (4-3)
Upcoming World Series Schedule
Gm 1: Diamondbacks at Rangers (Fri. 8:03 pm ET)
Gm 2: Diamondbacks at Rangers (Sat. 8:03 pm ET)
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