The Diamondbacks came out firing in Game 7 on Tuesday night, with base hits from Corbin Carroll and Gabriel Moreno, and an RBI from Christian Walker. The Phillies could not answer until the second, when Alec Bohm launched a solo homer to tie the game.
With Alek Thomas not starting, the Snakes surely noticed that Tommy Pham was not a strong substitute, as his at-bats and defense were lacking.
Bohm and Bryson Stott started to heat things up in the fourth with Stott’s RBI double. J.T. Realmuto singled, sending Stott to third with just one out.
Brandon Pfaadt loaded the bases with two outs after an unintentional walk to get to Johan Rojas. Rojas, who is 2-for-27 with two strikes, kept up with his streak and left the bases loaded.
Carroll tied it up in the fifth with a base-hit RBI, and Ranger Suárez left the mound. Moreno knocked Carroll in to take the lead, but also ended the inning after taking too wide a turn at first.
José Alvarado gave up a run in the seventh, as Carroll once again sent a teammate home. In an act of desperation, the Phillies sent out their ace as a reliever ... yes, Zack Wheeler came into the game to stop the bleeding. He struck out Moreno to end the inning and restore some semblance of hope inside Citizens Bank Park.
Two straight Philadelphia walks in the seventh put the Snakes in a hairy situation, especially with the likes of Bryce Harper and Bohm coming up. Kevin Ginkle was summoned to put out the fire after the rookie faced 13 batters and allowed seven walks. Ginkle forced the Phillies to strand two, retiring Harper on a can of corn to center field to end the inning.
Ginkle retired all three batters in the eighth, and frustration was apparent for the home team.
Paul Sewald came in to close for Arizona, shutting down Nick Castellanos and Brandon Marsh. With two outs, Philadelphia’s hopes boiled down to ... Jake Cave?
Boos took over in Philly, as Carroll gloved Cave’s fly ball to right.
The Diamondbacks move on to their first World Series since 2001. Their regular season record of 84 wins is the third-fewest for a pennant winner in the divisional era, just behind the 2006 Cardinals (83) and the 1973 Mets (82).
Ketel Marte gets to par-tay this evening with his MVP trophy — a well-earned award.
The Diamondbacks head to Arlington to face the Texas Rangers. Game 1 is this Friday, October 27, at 8:30 p.m. ET on Fox. We’ll have our usual gamethread and recap coverage for every game, so stick here with us to see which underdog wins it all.