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Diamondbacks’ Game 1 letdown echoes past World Series misfortunes

Arizona Diamondbacks relief pitcher Miguel Castro (50) walks off the field after a walk-off home run by Texas Rangers right fielder Adolis Garcia (not pictured) during the eleventh inning in game one of the 2023 World Series at Globe Life Field in Arlington, Texas, on Oct. 27, 2023.

In Game 1 of the World Series, history seemed to echo as the Diamondbacks entered the bottom of the 9th with a 5-3 lead, only for Corey Seager to send one sailing into the right field bleachers, tying the game.

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The Rangers would go on to claim Game 1 in the 11th inning.

Heading into last night, Paul Sewald, the Diamondbacks closer, had been nearly unhittable. In eight closing opportunities this postseason, Sewald had not allowed a single run.

However, something changes for the D-backs when they reach the World Series, as if a hint of bad luck hangs in the air, reminiscent of the 2001 season.

After taking an early 2-0 series lead, disaster struck in New York during the 2001 World Series.

In Game 4, Tino Martinez smashed a two-run home run in the bottom of the ninth to tie the game. The Yankees eventually walked it off in the 10th inning.

Then, déjà vu hit again in Game 5 when Scott Brosius homered in the bottom of the ninth, once more tying the game. The Yankees sealed their victory in the 12th inning.

While the Diamondbacks managed to win two consecutive games back at home to secure their first World Series title, these back-to-back blown saves remained etched in the memories of fans.

In four World Series save opportunities while on the road, the Diamondbacks have allowed game-tying two-run home runs three times.

It is a stat that almost feels too bizarre to be true.

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