The Diamondbacks faced a devastating loss in Game 5 of the National League Championship Series (NLCS), placing them in a precarious position as they head back to Philadelphia. The team’s ace, Zac Gallen, had a disappointing performance during the game, surrendering four runs in six innings, which included long home runs by Kyle Schwarber and Bryce Harper.
Despite the challenging circumstances, Alek Thomas managed to inject a glimmer of hope for the Diamondbacks with a seventh-inning home run. However, the Phillies retaliated by scoring twice more in the eighth inning, sealing a resolute 6-1 victory.
Now, the Diamondbacks are confronted with the formidable task of winning two games in Philadelphia. Nonetheless, this might prove to be an arduous endeavor, as the Phillies have not lost a single playoff game at home this season.
Adding to the frustration, defensive mistakes from Ketel Marte compounded the Diamondbacks’ woes in the crucial Game 5. Marte encountered difficulties in handling a slow bouncer, ultimately resulting in a run scored due to his subsequent throw during a double steal.
In an attempt to turn the tide in their favor, the Diamondbacks made lineup changes for Game 5. One notable alteration was the decision to bench outfielder Tommy Pham, replacing him with Pavin Smith as the designated hitter.
The pitching matchup for Game 5 featured Zac Gallen taking the mound for the Diamondbacks, while Zack Wheeler represented the Phillies. It is noteworthy that Gallen had previously given up five runs to the Phillies during Game 1.
For those keeping track of the series, the schedule and previous results have been provided as a point of reference. It is clear that the Diamondbacks now face an uphill battle as they strive to overcome their Game 5 loss and make a triumphant comeback in Philadelphia. Only time will tell if they can overcome the odds and secure a spot in the World Series.
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