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Diamondbacks fans react to NLDS Game 2 win over the Dodgers

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Following up on the 11-2 win in Game 1 of the NLDS on Oct. 7 against the Los Angeles Dodgers, the Arizona Diamondbacks took a 2-0 lead in the series as they won 4-2 on Oct. 9.

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The Hype Began

Arizona started off two nights ago with a six-run first inning, and they went started right on-time tonight.

In the top of the first inning, Diamondbacks right fielder Corbin Carroll walked, second baseman Ketel Marte bunted to get a single and designated hitter Tommy Pham singled to left field, the bases were loaded with no outs.

Then, Arizona first basemen Christian Walker hit a sacrifice fly to center field and Carroll ran home to make it 1-0 D-backs. Marte advanced to third base.

With a runner on first and third, Pham took-off for second base and was safe with a steal.

Arizona catcher Gabriel Moreno grounded out on the next play, but Marte would run home and the Diamondbacks went up 2-0.

Next batter, D-Backs left fielder Lourdes Gurriel Jr. would keep the offense going with a single and Pham crossed home-plate to grow Arizona’s lead to 3-0 with only one out.

After giving 3 runs on 4 hits, Dodgers manager went to the bullpen and took out starting pitcher Bobby Miller after on 1.2 innings pitched.

That was the moment when Diamondbacks fans showed how they were feeling at that point.

As for the pitching side, Diamondbacks ace Zac Gallen didn’t give up a run until the bottom of the fourth inning.

Ironically, the Dodger who put the first run up on the board was former D-back J.D Martinez who hit a solo-homer and it would be 3-1.

It wasn’t until the top of the sixth inning until another run was scored.

Trying to reach down, Gurriel got enough contact and homered to left field to tack on another run for a 4-1 lead.

Gallen Taken Out

In the bottom of the sixth, Gallen got into a jam.

Even though he got Dodgers catcher Will Smith to ground out, the Dodgers offense showed signs of waking up.

Next batter, third baseman Max Mundy singled to center before Martinez hit a single to right field.

Then, D-Backs manager Torey Lovullo took Gallen out with two base runners on and went to the bullpen.

In relief, pitcher Andrew Salfraank tried to get out of the inning with a shutout, but couldn’t.

Pinch hitter Chris Taylor walked before shortstop Kiké Hernández singled to drive home Muncy to make it 4-2.

However, Saalfrank was able to get two more outs to end the inning with the bases loaded.

Looking to close out the game, the bullpen came through.

Pitching one inning each, Arizona relievers Ryan Thompson, Kevin Ginkel and closer Paul Sewald pitched three-straight shutout innings to close out the game 4-2.

Postgame Reaction

With the win, the Diamondbacks are 2-0 in the NLDS and need one more win to move to the National League Championship Series (NLCS).

After the result, Arizona fans are getting excited and are now thinking about sweeping the Dodgers.

Coming home to Phoenix, Game 3 of the NLDS between Arizona and Los Angeles will be at Chase Field on Oct. 11 at 6:07 p.m.

Diamondbacks hold early 3-0 lead over Dodgers in Game 2

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Alec Cipollini is a journalist covering the Arizona Coyotes and Phoenix Rising for Burn City Sports. You can follow him on his new X account @AlecCipollini

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