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Diamondbacks fans react to dramatic 6-5 win over the Phillies


In a back-and-forth fight for the NLCS Game 4 win, the Arizona Diamondbacks came back from behind to beat the Philadelphia Phillies 6-5 and D’Backs fans shared their thoughts.

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Interestingly, Arizona manager Torey Lovullo went to the bullpen instead of having a starting pitcher on the mound.

In the top of the second inning, D’Backs left fielder Lourdes Gurriel Jr. ran towards the warning track to make an important catch as Phillies’ J.T. Realmuto hit a long fly out.

Offense Begins

Getting on the board first, in the bottom of the same inning, Arizona third baseman Emmanuel Rivera drove the ball to center field and brought first baseman Christian Walker home to make it 1-0 Diamondbacks.

Next inning, D’Backs catcher Gabriel Moreno slapped a single to right field and second baseman Ketel Marte crossed home plate to give Arizona a 2-0 lead.

The bullpen day continued as Lovullo went to reliever Kyle Nelson and the comeback from the Phillies began.

In the top of the 4th, Phils’ designated hitter Kyle Schwarber belted a solo homer to right center and the score would be 2-1.

Bullpen Implosion

Then, Lovullo called pitcher Miguel Castro to replace Nelson after the Schwarber bomb and Castro got three straight outs.

Returning to the mound, Castro gave up a single to left by Realmuto in the top of the 5th.

Bullpen arm Andrew Saalfrank had his turn at throwing the ball and it did not go too well.

Phillies left fielder Brandon Marsh drove the ball to center field and Realmuto would get a run on the board to tie the game 2-2.

To start the sixth inning, Saalfrank threw three-straight walks to Schwarber, Phillies shortstop Trea Turner and star Bryce Harper.

In a jam, Lovullo waited till the bases were loaded to take Saalfrank out and go to Ryan Thompson.

First pitch by Thompson, his sinker was hit by Philadelphia third baseman Alec Bohm and chaos ensued.

Bohm hit the ball to third base and it was expected that Rivera would throw to Moreno to get the tag at home.

Schwarber scored, then Rivera’s throw was off and Turner scored to make it 4-2 Phillies.

D’backs fans were not happy with Saalfrank’s performance that led to the cluster.

Moreover, Thompson would continue into the seventh inning and Philadelphia center fielder Johan Rojas hit a one-out triple.

Continuing to make an impact, Turner sent a sacrifice fly to left field for Rojas to score and add to the Phillies lead, 5-2.

D’Backs Comeback

Trying to claw back into the game, the D’Backs looked like they had something brewing in the bottom of the seventh.

First, shortstop Geraldo Perdomo hit a single before Marte walked.

To load the bases, Diamondbacks center fielder Corbin Carroll hit into a fielders-choice as Marte was out at second base, but Perdomo moved to third.

With one out, Moreno and Walker both walked and Perdomo came home to score to make it 5-3.

Up to bat next, pinch hitter Pavin Smith went into the batter’s box with two outs and grounded out to end the inning.

Coming in, Diamondbacks reliever Kevin Ginkel shut down the Phillies in the bottom of the eighth inning.

Down two, Gurriel doubled before teammate Alek Thomas sent a home-run shot to the pool in right-center and Arizona tied the game 5-5 in the top of the inning.

Right after, D’Backs fans were going crazy.

Continuing to pile on, Marte walked before Carroll was hit by a pitch by Phils’ reliever Craig Kimbrel.

Heroically, Moreno singled to drive Marte in and Arizona turned the game around with a 6-5 advantage.

From the bullpen, Diamondbacks closer Paul Sewald came in and struck three out of four players he faced and the series is now tied 2-2.

After the game, fans let it all out.

Tomorrow, Arizona will host Game 5 of the NLCS at Chase Field at 5:07.

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

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