After sweeping the National League favorite Atlanta Braves and their robust lineup out of the National League Division Series faster than you can say “Money Mike, ” the Cinderella Arizona Diamondbacks ran into a Phillies team with, a mission to get back to the World Series, inspired pitching and veteran bats that have accepted the fact that it’s hunting season. 


Tory Lovullo’s young D-Backs took two punches to the head and didn’t go down, quickly falling behind 2-0 in the best-of-seven NLCS. They got up off the mat as they have all season and engineered a masterful and clutch 2-1 win in Game 3. In the process, cooling off a band of bats that appeared unstoppable through the first two games.


Tommy Pham & Alex Thomas Make First Impact On ALCS 


Earlier in the week, highlighted Arizona DH Tommy Pham and second-year outfielder Alex Thomas as the offensive keys to a Diamondbacks comeback. They were a combined 0-for-13 in the first two games after a fabulous NLDS where Thomas hit a Bro bomb and Pham was tough to get out. 


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Of course, we were assuming that the team’s top two hitters in the lineup, Ketel Marte and Lourdes Gurriel Jr. would continue to produce good at-bats, which they did in Game 3, going a combined 5-for-8 and driving in both key RBI. 


Pham finally got his first ALCS hit to help pace the offense and Thomas got an at-bat and scored one of the decisive runs. 


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Bro influence was all over that win and more is expected and needed from both players as strong supporting pieces for a Diamondbacks lineup that needs to string consecutive hits together and be aggressive on the basepaths to last more than five games with a focused Phillies team. 

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