Things didn't exactly go the way Arizona Diamondbacks fans were hoping in Game 1 of the NLCS, but it wasn't the disaster some might make it out to be.
What is being hailed as a triumphant Phillies win is actually a game that Arizona was a lot closer to winning.
Arizona had fallen into a 5-0 hole by the time the sixth inning rolled around. Rather than go belly up like most teams would have in that position, the D-Backs fought back and scored three runs over two innings to narrow Philly's lead.
The game was ultimately lost, but the vibes remain much better than they could have been. A blowout loss in Game 1 would have been a demoralizing way to begin the series, and while a loss isn't deal it was the way Arizona fought back that needs to be highlighted.
We saw the Minnesota Twins do a similar thing against the Houston Astros in the ALDS. Minnesota fought back in a Game 1 it lost, but used the momentum it built to steal Game 2 and send the series back to Target Field even.
That's a page the D-Backs need to take, as Game 1 gave the team confidence it can get to Philly. Using that mojo on Tuesday is going to be critical in making sure this series doesn't get away from Arizona before it has a chance to start.
NLCS 2023: How to watch the Arizona Diamondbacks today (October 17th)
Arizona will be sending Merrill Kelly out to the mound for Game 2, where he'll square off against Aaron Nola. Philly tagging Zac Gallen was a bit concerning, but postseason baseball has certain elements of momentum that can't be quantified with analytics or stats.
Gallen is a Cy Young pitcher, but the Phillies were carrying a heavy magic with them into Game1 that was evident off the bat -- literally. Kyle Schwarber tattooed the first pitch of the game and Bryce Harper followed him to hit back-to-back home runs.
That's a good way to get off to a bad start, but giving a crowd like the one that showed up in Philly that sort of momentum is a hard thing to fight against. Arizona getting to the Phillies late is a confidence builder than needs to get capitalized on early if things are to end differently on Tuesday.
Here's everything you need to know to catch Game 2 of the NLCS tonight:
- Date: Tuesday, October 17th
- Game Time: 8:07 pm ET | 7:07 pm CT
- Location: Philadelphia, PA
- Stadium: Citizen Bank Park
- National TV Channel: TBS
- Live Stream: TBS App | MLB.tv
Once again it will be Brian Anderson and Ron Darling on the call for TBS. A Spanish-language broadcast is going to air simultaneously on MLB Network, which means an alternate streaming option if you don't have access to TBS.
The game is also being broadcast on the MLB.tv app, although that will only be the radio call from either the Phillies or Diamondbacks crew.