The Arizona Diamondbacks won 4-2 against the Philadelphia Phillies in Game 7 of the 2023 Major League National League Championship Series (4 wins out of 7) held at Citizens Bank Park in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA on the 25th (Korean time). Arizona, with a series record of 4 wins and 3 losses, is playing in the World Series for the first time in 22 years since 2001.
Of course, the player who stood out the most in Arizona that day was Corbin Carroll (23). Carroll, who started as the second hitter and center fielder, led Arizona’s offense by going 3 hits in 4 at-bats, 2 RBIs, 2 runs, and 1 stolen base. Carroll, who showed off his hot hitting skills throughout the game, received praise from his teammates.굿모닝토토
He reached base in his first at-bat with an infield hit. With one out and no runners on base in the first inning, Carroll hit a 92.3 mph sinker ball on the second pitch from opposing starting pitcher Ranger Suarez. The batted ball rolled in front of the second baseman, and Carroll sprinted to first base and was ruled safe. Afterwards, Carroll reached third base on Gabriel Moreno’s double, and took advantage of Christian Walker’s ground ball to third base to score a run.
Carroll completed a multi-hit in just his second at-bat. With the score tied 1-1 and no runners on base with one out in the third inning, Carroll hit Suarez’s third pitch, a 77.2 mph curveball. The ball resulted in a left-field hit. Carroll, who was out on the field, stole second base during Moreno’s at-bat, creating a scoring opportunity. However, he was unable to hit home as subsequent batters failed to produce hits.
Carroll’s bat did not cool down easily. In the 5th inning, down 1-2, with 2 outs and runners on second base, Carroll targeted Suarez’s 93.4 mph sinker ball on the 4th pitch and delivered a heavy hit. At this time, the runner on second base hit home and recorded an RBI. Arizona lifted the mood with Carroll’s timely hit to tie the game. Carroll succeeded in stealing again and regained the lead by hitting home on Moreno’s hit to right.
Carroll also scored a score that put a dent in the game. Carroll at bat in the 7th inning with one out and runners on second and third base with a slight lead of 3-2. He scored an extra point by hitting a sacrifice fly to right field to Jose Alvarado. Carroll struck out in his final at-bat in the ninth inning.
MLB.com, the official Major League Baseball website, also focused on Carroll’s performance. The media heaped praise on Carol, saying, “Carol is a true superstar in Arizona.” In 12 games this postseason, Carroll is active with 2 home runs, a batting average of 0.295 (13 hits in 44 at-bats), an on-base percentage of 0.396, a slugging percentage of 0.455, and an OPS (on-base percentage + slugging percentage) of 0.851.
It’s hard to believe that this is a player who debuted in the postseason this year. Carroll joined Arizona in the first round, 16th overall, in the 2019 draft, and made his major league debut last year. In 32 games, he hit 4 home runs, .260 batting average (27-for-104), .330 on-base percentage, .500 slugging percentage, and .830 OPS.
Arizona signed a contract extension with a rookie who played in only 32 games. He signed a huge 8-year contract worth $111 million. And in 155 games this season, Carroll is being mentioned as a candidate for Rookie of the Year, recording 25 home runs, 54 stolen bases, a batting average of 0.285, an on-base percentage of 0.362, a slugging percentage of 0.506, and an OPS of 0.868.
Colleagues also praise Carroll’s performance. Arizona general manager Mike Hazen expressed his joy in an interview with MLB.com, saying, “We have a lot of superstars on our team, but Carroll stands out the most. Without him, we wouldn’t be where we are now.”
Carroll said, “A photo I took two years ago popped up on my phone yesterday. At the time, I was sitting on my sofa in Seattle watching the 2021 National League Championship Series. How great it was to be able to go to the game. I was so lucky.” .