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What happened in the Phillies and D-backs Seven regular season games?

We are less than 24 hours away from game one of the NLCS. The Phillies and D-backs will face off tomorrow in the 7-game series. So, since we are about to start a seven-game series, let’s look back at how the previous seven meetings went this year. 

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Game 1: May 22nd. Arizona Diamondbacks: 7, Philadelphia Phillies: 3

This game was the D-backs first look at Zach Wheeler, who will pitch game 1. They got to him. Scoring four runs in 6 innings off the Phillies ace. Lourdes Gurriel Jr. had 2 RBIs and went 4/4 from the plate, including a solo home run in the second inning. 

Tommy Henry, who is in contention for bullpen consideration, pitched 5.2 innings, only allowing two runs. Both of those were on solo homers to Kyle Schwarber and Bryson Stott. The bullpen pitched 3.1 2-hit innings. 

Season Series: 1-0

Game 2: May 23rd. Arizona Diamondbacks: 4, Philadelphia Phillies: 3

Ryne Nelson got the start in this one and allowed three hits over six innings and only one run allowed. However, that lead and Nelson’s win were immediately given away when Kyle Nelson allowed two runs. The rest of the bullpen pitched great. 

For the offense, they got two runs early off of opener Matt Strahm before getting shut down by Dylan Covey for five innings, only adding one run. Those included a Gabriel Moreno homer and a Ketel Marte RBI triple. 

Seranthony Dominguez, one of the top relievers for the Phillies, immediately gave up an RBI single to Corbin Carroll that would win the game for the D-backs in the 8th. 

Season Series: 2-0 Arizona

Game 3: May 24th. Philadelphia Phillies: 6, Arizona Diamondbacks: 5

This one was ugly for the Diamondbacks. They got five runs off Ranger Suarez and had a 5-0 lead heading to the 6th. However, Zac Gallen lost it in the 6th, giving up two runs and being removed after only getting two outs that inning. Kevin Ginkel would surrender an unearned run in the 7th, but they still had a 5-3 lead heading to the ninth. 

However, Trea Turner ended that. He smashed a two-run shot to tie it and send it to extras. They would allow the ghost runner to score and wouldn’t score in the bottom half. Evan Longoria hit a two-run homer in this game, and Emmanuel Rivera would have 3 RBIs. 

Season Series: 2-1

Game 4: June 12th. Arizona Diamondbacks: 9, Philadelphia Phillies: 8

Tommy Henry was not as successful this time. He allowed five runs and nine hits in 4.2 innings, but this time his offense saved him.
Matt Strahm was opening again and gave up three runs. They bring in Yunior Marte, who gives up two runs in his 1.1 innings. They then bring in Dylan Covey, who gives up two runs in 1.1. Then, they bring in Andrew Vasquez, who gives up two runs in 1.2 innings. Finally, Jeff Hoffman comes in and has a perfect 8th inning. 

Emmanuel Rivera had 2 RBIs, and Evan Longoria had a two-run homer. Carroll had a triple, and Miguel Castro tried to blow the game but was able to give up the save. 

Season Series: 3-1

Game 5: June 13th. Philadelphia Phillies: 15, Arizona Diamondbacks:3

Zach Wheeler turned it up in this one. He had seven strikeouts in six one-run innings. However, this one will be known as a Zach Davies meltdown. He allowed six runs in three innings. 

The Phillies scored four runs in the first inning, with a Kyle Schwarber leadoff homer, Nick Castellanos RBI Double, and score off an Emmanuel Rivera error. Then, in the third, Alec Bohm hit an RBI single, and Kody Clemens hit a sacrifice fly. Jose Ruiz gave up a run in three innings. Then, Joe Mantiply allowed four runs in three innings off Nick Castellanos and JT Realmuto doubles. The Diamondbacks would bring in a position player to pitch the final inning.

Christian Walker went 4/4, but every single Phillies hitter had a hit. 

Season Series: 3-2

Game 6: June 14th. Philadelphia Phillies: 4, Arizona Diamondbacks: 3

Ranger Suarez was masterful in this game. He went seven scoreless innings and completely shut down Diamondbacks hitters, but Merrill Kelly allowed three runs in six innings off two Realmuto RBIs. 

The Phillies took a 3-0 lead heading to the 8th. But Seranthony Dominguez struck again, allowing a three-run homer to Christian Walker to tie the game. This game would head to extras. 

The D-backs would not score again in extras, and Scott McGough would allow a sacrifice fly to Nick Castellanos to get Brandon Marsh home for the game-winning run. 

Season series: 3-3

Game 7: June 15th. Philadelphia Phillies: 5, Arizona Diamondbacks: 4

This was the Diamondback’s first look at Aaron Nola, the pitcher they will face in Game 2. 

He pitched okay, but the Diamondbacks got to him. They tagged him for four runs in 6.2 innings, with all four runs scored in the third inning. Ketel Marte hit a three-run homer to take a 4-3 lead. 

Ryne Nelson would not take the hint, however. He allowed only three runs in the first three innings, and after holding that 4-3 lead, he immediately gave up two runs to the top of the lineup to go down 5-4. From that point on, Nola and the bullpen were perfect. No runs are allowed. The D-backs bullpen was also perfect, but unfortunately, it was not enough. No more runs were scored, and the Phillies held on to the lead. 

Phillies win season series: 4-3

The Phillies did win the season series, but five of those games were one-run games. These teams obviously match up perfectly, so this should be a fun series, but October ups the pressure and changes how teams play, so we will see how much of a factor that is. We will see you tomorrow night.  

This D-backs team is Almost an Exact Replica of the 2022 Phillies

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