24 to 3. This was the answer given by local experts in response to a question from American media outlet ESPN asking about the winner of the National League Wild Card Series in Major League Baseball earlier this month. Only three people supported the Arizona Diamondbacks.
Everything changed in three weeks. Arizona, which defeated powerful opponents in the Wild Card Series and Division Series, even defeated the Philadelphia Phillies and stood at the top of the National League for the first time in 22 years.
Leadoff Ketel Marte took the lead. In 7 games in the Championship Series (NLCS), he had a batting average of 0.387, 3 RBIs, and 2 runs scored. His performance shined when the team was cornered. He changed the mood with 3 hits in the 3rd game right after his 2nd consecutive loss, and led the winning streak with multiple hits in the 4th game. In Game 6 the day before, when he was behind by 2 wins and 3 losses, he had two hits, including a triple.스포츠토토
When Arizona won Game 7 4-2 at Citizens Bank Park in Philadelphia, USA on the 25th (Korean time), Marte was selected as the series MVP. On this day, he hit a double in a critical situation in the 7th inning, setting the stage for an extra point. The streak of consecutive postseason hits that started in 2017 continued for 16 games.
If the best star of the series was Marte, the key player in the victory that day was right fielder Corbin Carroll. He had only 3 hits and no balls until Game 6, but exploded with 3 hits, including an infield hit, and 2 stolen bases in the last game. He had 2 RBIs, 2 runs, including a sacrifice fly, and was involved in all 4 runs scored by the team.
He also couldn’t leave out the ball on the mound. Starter Brandon Pott did his job by allowing two runs in four innings, and the bullpen allowed only one hit in five innings. Right-hander Kevin Ginkel took the mound with one out in the 7th inning and completely blocked Philadelphia’s top batting lineup. The highlight was the scene where he struck out 4 to 6 times in a row in the 8th inning with a sharp slider.
This is the second time in the club’s history that Arizona has been crowned National League champion. The first time was in 2001 when Curt Schilling, Randy Johnson, and Byung-Hyun Kim played. At that time, they even defeated the New York Yankees in the World Series and rose to the top. Arizona, seeking to repeat its glory, enters the World Series against the Texas Rangers on the 28th.