Arizona Diamondbacks Face Uphill Battle After Falling 0-2 to Phillies in NLCS



by FAIZAN CHAUDHARY

Arizona Diamondbacks Face Uphill Battle After Falling 0-2 to Phillies in NLCS
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In a surprising twist in the NLCS, the Arizona Diamondbacks are currently trailing 0-2 to the Philadelphia Phillies. Despite entering the series on a five-game winning streak, the D-backs were unable to maintain their momentum, falling to the Phillies in both initial matchups.

In the opening contest of the seven-game series, the Diamondbacks battled fiercely, ultimately succumbing to a 5-3 defeat. However, Game 2 was a stark contrast, with the Phillies displaying sheer dominance in a 10-0 rout. Merril Kelly, stepping up as the starting pitcher for the Diamondbacks, had high hopes of delivering a commanding start to the game.

However, the Phillies, known for their affinity for solo home runs, presented formidable opposition. Notably, players like Trea Turner and Kyle Schwarber stood out, making it increasingly tough for the Diamondbacks. Schwarber, in a particularly commendable performance, not only hit one but managed a second crucial hit, contributing significantly to a game-changing four-run surge in the fourth inning.

Arizona's relievers, Joe Mantiply and Ryne Nelson, alongside Kelly, each conceded three runs. By the seventh inning, the game was practically decided. However, the Diamondbacks’ offense, usually a strong point, was almost silent, offering little resistance to the Phillies starter Aaron Nola's sterling performance.

Pedromo's Unwavering Optimism

However, hope still lingers within the Arizona camp. Geraldo Pedromo, the team’s shortstop, remains optimistic about the series. "I think we have to come back with the same energy, same hunger, and same patience.

It's not over; we have more games ahead, so it's not done yet," Pedromo expressed. The D-backs have traditionally showcased formidable offense, especially in baserunning. They secured a commendable second place in the regular season, with 166 stolen bases.

But that prowess seems to have evaporated in the NLCS, missing out on pivotal opportunities to score. With the series shifting home, it's imperative for Arizona to re-evaluate and modify their strategy. Manager Torey Lovullo, known for his tactical acumen, might have to make some tough calls, especially concerning the pitching staff, if the D-backs are to make a comeback or even secure their first win in the series.

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