The NL Division Series saw a near upset for the Diamondbacks, but a pivotal moment in the fifth inning led them closer to victory. The challenge came in the form of Freddie Freeman, a formidable hitter, with the potential to even the score. All eyes were on Zac Gallen as his curveball, defying expectation, made its swift journey across the plate without a swing from Freeman.
Gallen’s confidence was palpable. His double fist pump showcased the sheer intensity of the moment and the significance of outclassing one of baseball’s elites. Though the Diamondbacks secured their 2-0 NLDS lead a few innings later, this escape from a perilous situation was undeniably the turning point of the game.
The fifth wasn’t the sole challenge. Gallen and his teammates faced the formidable duo of James Outman and Miguel Rojas in the sixth. Yet, even with the mounting pressure, Gallen’s strategy was clear: face the challenge with determination. His “conviction” in each pitch was evident, especially when squaring off with stars like Mookie Betts and Freeman.
Unexpected curveballs and Gallen’s unpredictable strategy kept Freeman and Betts at bay. While both have an impressive history of gameplay, they’ve been notably quiet during this series. The two have managed only a single hit between them, which has certainly shifted the advantage away from the Dodgers.
Given the incredible pitching talent on the Diamondbacks’ side, it’s no surprise they’re in a position to challenge for the National League pennant. Against the odds and projections, the Diamondbacks are on the cusp of a historic turnaround.