The Philadelphia Phillies’ October winning streak at home came to an end when they suffered a 5-1 loss to the Arizona Diamondbacks in Game 6 of the National League Championship Series. The defeat shattered the Phillies’ aura of invincibility in South Philadelphia and set the stage for a thrilling Game 7 between the two teams.
The Phillies are now just one win away from capturing their second consecutive National League pennant, while the Diamondbacks are hoping to reach the World Series for the first time since 2001. All eyes are on the pitching matchup for Game 7, which will feature Ranger Suarez on the mound for the Phillies and Brandon Pfaadt for the Diamondbacks.
In Game 6, the Arizona Diamondbacks took an early lead by scoring three runs in the second inning against Phillies starter Aaron Nola. Their momentum continued as Merrill Kelly limited the Phillies to just one run in five innings and struck out eight batters. The Diamondbacks’ bullpen then shut down the Phillies, not allowing any runners to reach second base.
Before the game, Arizona manager Torey Lovullo expressed confidence in his team, stating that they did not come to Philadelphia to be beaten. This confidence was evident when Tommy Pham, who had been benched in Game 5, delivered a home run in the second inning to give the Diamondbacks an early lead.
Unfortunately for the Phillies, Nola struggled throughout the game, giving up another run in the second inning and leaving the game without finishing the fifth inning. The Diamondbacks added another run in the third inning, extending their lead to 3-0. Although the Phillies managed to score one run in the second inning, they were unable to mount a comeback.
Kelly redeemed himself after giving up three home runs in Game 2 by shutting down the Phillies’ offense. Arizona’s relievers held the line, preventing the Phillies from closing the gap. Meanwhile, Craig Kimbrel, the Phillies’ former closer who had struggled in Games 3 and 4, was met with jeers from the crowd.
Game 7 is expected to be a fierce battle for both teams. While the Phillies have home-field advantage, the Diamondbacks have already shown that they can compete with the crowd behind them. Fans can expect an intense and nail-biting finale to the series.
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