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Diamondbacks Pitching Silences Phillies Stars

If you asked anyone what would happen when the D-backs returned to Philly needing to win both, barely anyone would say good things.

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It felt almost impossible for the D-backs to get to the World Series.

Besides Nick Castellanos, all of the Phillies stars had figured it out in Game 5. They attacked Gallen, and Bryce Harper and Kyle Schwarber each hit home runs. They had figured it out, and now they were headed back home in front of the best fans in baseball. With the best home-field advantage in baseball, Schwarber, Castellanos, Harper, and Trea Turner had hit lights out the entire postseason. Those four combined for almost 20 home runs and an insane .400 batting average in the postseason so far.

So, how did they do in Games 6 and 7, the two most important games of the Phillies season? They went 1-28.

A Kyle Schwarber double late in this game tonight was the only hit between four players being paid a combined 93 million a year. Their total contracts combine for almost 800 million over 33 years. Yet, in the season’s most important games, they got one hit.

Nick Castellanos didn’t have a hit in his last 21 at-bats. His solo home run in Game 1 was the only hit he had all series.

Trea Turner went a combined 2-19 over the last five games, including three straight 0-hit nights.

Kyle Schwarber, the NLCS legend himself, shouldn’t be blamed too much because he got a hit tonight and took three walks over the last two games, but he came out in crucial moments and struck out or couldn’t advance runners.

Bryce Harper had two on down by two and flew out. He went 0-7 in his two games, with only one walk, in Philly. That’s where he comes alive, where he is the most clutch hitter known to man, yet he went 0-7 and cost his team the game.

Now, they aren’t all to blame. The bullpen wasn’t good. However, in a series where your starters gave it their all, and you were getting great production from guys like Brandon Marsh, Alec Bohm, and Bryson Stott, your stars have to contribute, and they didn’t.

It was a disappointing scene for fans at the Bank. The Diamondbacks pitching completely shut them down. Guys like Kevin Ginkel, Ryan Thompson, Brandon Pfaadt, and Paul Sewald combined for scoreless outings after scoreless outings. Even with guys on base, they were t afraid of the Philly’s starts. They embraced it and celebrated getting them out, most of the time by the strikeout. It was an incredible performance to watch. Seeing postseason legends get shut down at their ballpark was incredible. They are headed to the World Series largely due to the pitching performance of the starters and bullpen in Philly.

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