Arlington, Texas — Tommy Pham didn’t waste his first World Series game.
In Game 1 against the Texas Rangers at Globe Life Field here, Pham – the Arizona Diamondbacks DH – blasted a solo home run.
At the time, it was a big one, giving the D-Backs a 4-3 lead in the fourth inning.
It came against Rangers‘ starter Nathan Eovaldi, who before that bro bomb, had allowed just one home run all season on a splitter according to a tweet by Inside Edge.
Diamondback Hit First WS Homer Since 2001
It was Arizona’s first World Series homer since Game 5 in 2001 when Rod Barajas went yard against the New York Yankees.
Ultimately, Pham’s homer went for not as the Rangers scored an improbable 6-5 victory in 11 innings – getting a two-homer in the ninth to tie it and a walk-off homer in the 11th to win it.
Still, Pham, 35, did his job and has continued to be a spark for the D-Backs who picked up the journeyman from the New York Mets at the trade deadline.
Game 2 is Sunday night here.
Tommy Pham Brings Power In Postseason
And you can expect Pham to have his big bat again. This postseason, Pham has three homers.
In his career, he’s been a masher in the playoffs. With his 1-for-5 performance on Saturday, Pham is now batting .287 in 27 games in his career.
During that stretch, Pham, who
made his Major League debut in 2014, has six homers, nine RBI and 13 runs scored in 101 at-bats. His postseason OPS is .793.
For sure, Arizona hopes Pham – who has a lifetime .259 BA with 130 HRs and 431 RBI in his career – can continue proving some power in Game 2.
His acquisition continues to be the power move of the postseason for Arizona who has its hands full with the mighty Texas Rangers.