It was a game of superstars, not the least of which was Bryce Harper, 31, of the Philadelphia Phillies, who stole home and then hit a sit-down home run to win the game. The Phillies, who missed out on the title last year after losing to the Houston Astros, are now just one win away from reaching the World Series for the second straight year.
The Phillies defeated the Arizona Diamondbacks 6-1 in Game 5 of the best-of-seven National League Championship Series (NLCS) of the 2023 Major League Baseball postseason at Chase Field in Phoenix, Arizona, U.S.A., on Sunday (April 22).
The game could be summarized by three names: Harper, Zack Wheeler (33) and Kyle Schwarber (30). Harper etched his name in Major League Baseball history with a home run in the first inning, followed by a thunderous blast in the top of the sixth to seal the win. Not only did he become just the second player in Major League Baseball history to record a home run and a steal in the same game in the postseason, but he also extended his team’s winning streak in a game in which he hit a home run to a franchise-record 11 games. It was also the first postseason home run in Philadelphia franchise history, something that has only happened 22 times across all teams.
Wheeler is becoming the new fall ace. With his seven-inning, one-run quality start, he is now 4-3 with a 2.48 ERA and 0.73 WHIP in 10 postseason starts. Wheeler’s 0.73 WHIP is the lowest among pitchers with 10 or more postseason starts, according to Major League Baseball statistician Sarah Lang. He also has the fifth-most strikeouts (34) through four postseason games with two or fewer walks.
Schwarber, who became Major League Baseball’s all-time postseason leader among left-handed hitters with a home run the day before (Nov. 21), now has 20 in 63 postseason games, five shy of fellow fall guy Jose Altuve’s 20 in 68 postseason games, setting up a potential World Series showdown. 토토사이트
Taking a 3-2 series lead, the Phillies will look to close out the series at home. Ace Aaron Nola will take the hill. Nola is 3-0 with a 0.96 ERA in three postseason appearances this year. Arizona, which is making its first World Series appearance in 22 years, will be looking for its second straight win away from home. Merrill Kelly, the KBO’s reverse export myth, will start Game 6. Kelly is 1-1 with a 3.00 ERA in two starts this postseason.
Starting lineups for the Philadelphia Phillies-Arizona Diamondbacks on Oct. 22.
Philadelphia’s lineup is Kyle Schwarber (designated hitter), Trey Turner (shortstop), Bryce Harper (first base), Alex Bomb (third base), Bryce Stott (second base), J.T. Realmuto (catcher), Nick Castellanos (right field), Brandon Marsh (left field), and Yohan Rojas (center field). The starting pitcher is Zack Wheeler.
Arizona’s lineup is Corbin Carroll (right field)-Ketel Marte (second base).