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Alek Thomas speaks on the minutes leading up to his game-tying home run

Arizona Diamondbacks center fielder Alek Thomas (5) celebrates after hitting a two-run home run against the Philadelphia Phillies during the eighth inning in game four of the NLCS of the 2023 MLB playoffs at Chase Field in Phoenix on Oct. 20, 2023.

Already down 2-1 in the NLCS, the Arizona Diamondbacks found themselves in danger of dropping another game to the Phillies as they trailed 5-3 in the 8th inning of Game 4.

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The inning began with a spark as Lourdes Gurriel Jr. broke out of his postseason slump by launching a rocket down the third-base line for a double.

This brought up veteran Evan Longoria to the plate as the tying run and zero outs.

Meanwhile, Diamondbacks manager Torey Lovullo had Jordan Lawlar waiting in the on-deck circle, intending to have him bunt Gurriel over to third.

However, things took a different turn when Evan Longoria smashed a line drive to left field, which was caught for an out.

All of a sudden, with Gurriel standing on second base with one out, a bunt would not have done the Diamondbacks much good.

Which caused Lovullo to switch from the rookie Jordan Lawlar and hand the bat over to Alek Thomas.

The result? A historic home run.

On the sixth pitch of the at-bat, Alek Thomas blasted a ball into the right-field bleachers, leveling the game at 5-5.

This electrifying turn of events marked a turning point in the series, leading the Diamondbacks to a win in Game 4

Relive the unforgettable moment as Alek Thomas reflects on it with MLB Network.

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