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MLB NLCS | Game 5 Preview: Philadelphia Phillies (2-1) at Arizona Diamondbacks (1-2)

Philadelphia leads the series 2-1

PHILADELPHIA PHILLIES NOTES:

OCTOBER’S VERY OWN: In his first nine career postseason starts, Zack Wheeler has posted a 2.63 ERA (16 ER, 54.2 IP), a 0.70 WHIP (8 BB, 30 H) and held opponents to a .156/.206/.240 slash line (204 batters faced, .445 OPS) … Wheeler has allowed 3 ER or fewer in eight of nine starts, 2 ER or fewer in seven of nine and 1 ER or none in three of nine – he has also allowed 1 walk or none in eight of nine … Wheeler’s 0.70 WHIP and .206 opponents OBP both rank 1st among the 147 pitchers in MLB history who have faced 200 batters in the postseason … His .445 opponents OPS ranks 2nd among that same group of 147 pitchers, behind only Mariano Rivera (.440) … Wheeler has 59 strikeouts to only 8 walks in the postseason and his 7.38 strikeout to walk ratio ranks 3rd among that group of 147, trailing only Cliff Lee (8.90 SO/BB ratio, 89 SO, 10 BB) and Stephen Strasburg (8.88 SO/BB ratio, 71 SO, 8 BB) … In three starts this postseason, Wheeler has 26 strikeouts to 1 walk.

LEADING MAN: Designated hitter Kyle Schwarber has played 9 NLCS games for the Phillies since last year – he is slashing .393/.553/1.179 with a 1.731 OPS in 38 plate appearances – he has 12 runs, 7 home runs, 8 RBI and 10 walks to 7 strikeouts in the NLCS for Philadelphia … For his career, Schwarber has 11 home runs in the LCS which ranks T-2nd in MLB history (with Jose Altuve), behind only Manny Ramirez (13 HR) … Schwarber’s home run last night was the 19th of his career in the postseason which is the most by any lefthanded hitter in MLB history (next: Reggie Jackson, 18 HR) … Schwarber ranks T-5th all time in the postseason (with Albert Pujols and George Springer) and trails Ramirez (29), Altuve (26), Bernie Williams (22) and Derek Jeter (20) … Schwarber already owns the record for most leadoff home runs in the postseason with 4.

FLAGS FLY FOREVER: The Phillies are back in the National League Championship Series for the second consecutive year after winning their 8th pennant in franchise history last season, a 4-1 series win over the San Diego Padres … This marks the 11th NLCS in franchise history (1976, 1977, 1978, 1980, 1983, 1993, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2022, 2023) … All time, the Phillies are 28-23 in the NLCS (.549 win %) and 6-4 in series play … Since 1980, the Phillies are 26-14 in the NLCS with a .650 winning percentage that ranks 1st among all 8 MLB clubs who have played at least 40 LCS games (HOU .531, NYY .513, ATL .486, STL. 469, BOS .446, LAD .435, TOR .400) … Since 1980 at home in the NLCS, the Phillies are 16-4 (.800 win %) which includes an 11-2 record at Citizens Bank Park (.846 win %).

RUNNIN’ DOWN A DREAM: Through 10 games this postseason, the Phillies have outscored the opposition 52-21 for a +31 run differential which is best in MLB this October (HOU +15, TEX +12, ARI +9) … In MLB history, Philadelphia’s current +31 run differential would rank 6th all time for a single postseason behind only the Red Sox in 2007 (+53), Braves in 1996 (+39), Dodgers in 2020 (+35), Red Sox in 2018 (+33) and White Sox in 2005 (+33) … Philadelphia’s +3.10 run differential per game would rank 12th all-time among MLB clubs in the postseason (best: NYY in 1932 at +4.50) and 2nd among all National League clubs, behind only the 1976 Cincinnati Reds (+3.14 per game).

HOW’S THIS FOR STARTERS: Through 10 postseason games, the Phillies starting rotation has combined to go 6-0 with a 1.50 ERA (9 ER, 54.0 IP), a 9.83 SO/BB ratio (59 SO, 6 BB) while holding the 189 batters they have faced to a .439 OPS and posting a 0.70 WHIP (32 H) … Per Elias, Philadelphia’s 9.83 SO/BB ratio, .439 opponents OPS and 0.70 WHIP are all the best in MLB history for any rotation through the first 10 games of a single postseason … Their 1.50 ERA ranks 3rd all time behind only the 1981 Dodgers (1.26 ERA) and 1973 Mets (1.38 ERA).

TURNED HIM LOOSE: Phils’ shortstop Trea Turner has hit safely in 14 consecutive postseason games, dating back to Game 1 of the 2022 NLDS (since 10/11/22) – over that stretch he is batting .418 (23-55) … Turner is only three games away from the MLB record, which is 17 games in the postseason, held by 3 different players: Derek Jeter, Manny Ramirez and Hank Bauer… Over his last 16 postseason games (since 10/21/21), Turner is slashing .419/.471/.774 with a 1.246 OPS in 70 plate appearances – The only infielders in MLB history with an OPS as high as Turner’s over a 16-game span in the postseason are Jose Altuve, David Freese, Albert Pujols, Miguel Cabrera, Alex Rodriguez, Nomar Garciaparra, George Brett and Lou Gehrig … This postseason, Turner has reached base safely in 22 of his 43 plate appearances and has 5 walks and 4 stolen bases with only 6 strikeouts … Turner is 17-for-37 at the plate (.459 AVG) with a .512 OBP, .838 SLG and has posted a 1.349 OPS through 10 games – he has scored 9 runs and has 5 doubles, 3 home runs and 5 RBI.

LEGEND OF THE FALL: Two-time MVP (2015 & 2021) and 2022 NLCS MVP Bryce Harper has played 27 postseason games for the Phillies – in 114 plate appearances, Harper is slashing .340/.451/.734 with a 1.185 OPS, 23 runs, 7 doubles, 10 home runs, 20 RBI and 18 walks … In 77 plate appearances against right-handers, Harper has posted a 1.306 OPS and in 37 plate appearances against left-handers, Harper has a .937 OPS … The Phillies are 16-3 in the postseason when Harper scores a run (.842), 9-0 when he homers and 10-0 when he knocks in a run … Harper had a 1.232 OPS through his first 25 postseason games with the Phillies which ranked 2nd in MLB history for any player’s first 25 postseason games with a club – he trailed only Lou Gehrig who posted a 1.323 OPS in his first 25 games with the Yankees from 1926-36 – SF’s Barry Bonds ranks 3rd (1.229 OPS), TB’s Randy Arozarena ranks 4th (1.192 OPS) and STL’s David Freese ranks 5th (1.189 OPS) … … Per FanGraphs, Harper is up to 2.38 Win Probability Added in the postseason which ranks 7th all time – he trails David Ortiz (3.22), Carlos Correa (3.09), Albert Pujols (2.73), Pete Rose (2.70), Lance Berkman (2.70), and Gehrig (2.41).

BEDLAM AT THE BANK: The Phillies are 28-11 all time in the postseason at Citizens Bank Park with a .718 winning percentage that is the best in MLB history for any club to play 30+ postseason games at their home venue (Elias) … NYM (.667) at Shea Stadium (1969-2006) ranks 2nd, STL (.660 win %) at Busch Memorial Stadium (1967-2005) ranks 3rd, BAL (.633 win %) at Memorial Stadium (1966-83) ranks 4th and NYY (.627 win %) at Yankee Stadium I (1923-2007) ranks 5th … After losing their first 2 postseason games at CBP, Game 1 & 2 of the 2007 NLDS vs COL, the Phillies are 28-9 in the postseason at CBP since 2008 with a .757 winning percentage that ranks 1st among all MLB teams at home since 2008 (min. 20 G), in front of SF (.643), HOU (.620), LAD (.603) and NYY (.595) … The Phils reached 25 postseason wins at CBP in only 36 games which is tied for the fastest to 25 wins in MLB history at a home venue during the postseason with the Mets at Shea Stadium (also 25-11) … The Phillies have won 11 straight postseason games against the National League at home which is the longest such streak by either the NL or the AL against its own league in MLB history.

NLCS GAME 5 STARTER – ZACK WHEELER • RHP #45
2023: 13-6, 3.61 ERA Career: 87-63, 3.45 ERA

LAST START: 10/16 vs ARI: W, 6.0 IP, 3 H, 2 ER, 0 BB, 8 SO … Wheeler vs Gallen … The Phillies defeated the Arizona Diamondbacks, 5-3, in Game 1 of the 2023 NLCS at Citizens Bank Park … Kyle Schwarber led off the game with a home run (117 MPH) on the first pitch and Bryce Harper later homered in the 1st inning on his birthday … Nick Castellanos hit a solo homer in 2nd as he joined Reggie Jackson as the only players in MLB history with 5 home runs in a 3-game span … Craig Kimbrel picked up his 10th career postseason save as he became only the 3rd pitcher in MLB history to begin his postseason career 10-for-10 in saves

TONIGHT’S START:

  • Postseason Hero: Wheeler has made the 3rd most postseason starts in Phillies history (9) … 7 of his 9 postseason starts have been quality and in 8 of his 9 starts he has walked 1 or no batters … Wheeler’s 2.63 ERA (16 ER, 54.2 IP) in the postseason is the 2nd best in franchise history (min. 40.0 IP), trailing only Cliff Lee (2.33) … In his first 9 career postseason starts, Wheeler has limited the 204 batters he has faced to a .156/.206/.240 slash line (.445 OPS) and has posted a 0.70 WHIP (8 BB, 30 H) … Wheeler’s 0.70 WHIP is the best in MLB postseason history among pitchers who have faced at least 150 batters … In that group, his .206 OPP OBP also ranks 1st, his .445 OPP OPS ranks 3rd and his .240 OPP SLG ranks T-7th
  • Zack With a K: Wheeler’s career SO/BB ratio of 7.38 in the postseason in the 5th best in ML history (min. 40.0 IP) … This postseason, he has posted a 26.00 SO/BB ratio … He is the 4th pitcher in the Modern Era to have at least 25 strikeouts and 1 or no walks in a 3-game span in the postseason … He joins Stephen Strasburg, Cliff Lee and Josh Beckett
  • Phils Postseason Ranks: Wheeler ranks 2nd in ERA with 2.63 (min. 40.0 IP), 3rd in strikeouts (59), games started (9) and IP (54.2) and T-5th in wins (3)
  • The Legend Grows: In NLDS Game 2, Wheeler struck out 10 batters, which set a new postseason career-high and is tied for the most in a postseason game by a Phillies pitcher … He is 3rd in franchise history for postseason strikeouts with 59 … Wheeler also carried a no-hitter for 5.2 IP before it was broken up by a single … It was his second time carrying a no-hitter through at least 4 innings of a postseason game (other: NLCS G1, 10/18/22) and he is the only pitcher in Phillies history to have multiple no-hit bids of at least 4 innings in the postseason … Wheeler also became the first pitcher in major league history to have 6 strikeouts and now hits allowed in the first 2 innings of a postseason game
  • Right On Schedule: This year (reg & postseason), when pitching on 4 days rest, Wheeler is 7-1 in 12 starts with a 2.02 ERA (17 ER, 75.2 IP)
  • Pitch Usage: 4-seam fastball (43.3%), Sinker (18.2%), Slider (14.4%), Sweeper (12.2%), Curveball (11.4%), Changeup (0.4%)
  • vs NL West: 17-11, 3.43 ERA (93 ER, 244.0 IP) in 40 starts

ROAD:

  • 2023: 8-4, 3.16 ERA (36 ER, 102.2 IP) in 17 starts
  • Career: 46-30, 3.43 ERA (260 ER, 681.2 IP) in 114 starts
  • Postseason: 1-3, 2.75 ERA (11 ER, 36.0 IP) in 6 starts

WHEELER – POSTSEASON
W-L ERA G GS IP H R ER BB SO
2023: 2-0 2.37 3 3 19.0 11 6 5 1 26
Career: 3-3 2.63 9 9 54.2 30 18 16 8 59

2023 SEASON:

  • Stay Golden: Wheeler was named a Gold Glove finalist for the 2nd time in his career (other: 2021) … This year, Wheeler recorded a .969 fielding percentage, only making 1 error in 32 total chances … He recorded 16 putouts and 15 assists … He was tied for the 5th most DRS among all ML pitchers this season
  • 200: Wheeler had 212 strikeouts on the season … It is the 2nd season of his career with 200 strikeouts (other: 2021) … Aaron Nola reached 200 strikeouts on 9/26 and it is the 2nd season in which they’ve both had 200 strikeouts … They join Cole Hamels and Cliff Lee, who both did so in 2012 and 2013, as the only Phillies pitching tandem to have two seasons in which they each struck out 200 or more batters … They were one of 3 pitching duos in baseball this year to each have 200 or more strikeouts
  • 100 With the Phils: Made his 100th start for the Phillies on Sept. 23 vs NYM … In his first 100 starts with the club, he was 43-25 with a 3.07 ERA (213 ER, 625.1 IP) with 670 strikeouts to 134 walks and a 1.05 WHIP … Since earned runs have been an official stat (1912), Wheeler had the 5th-best ERA among any Phillies pitcher in their first 100 starts with the club … He trails only Jim Bunning (2.62), Cliff Lee (2.81), Steve Carlton (2.91) and Larry Jackson (3.02) … His 670 strikeouts are also the 2nd most by a Phillies pitcher in their first 100 starts, trailing only Cliff Lee (712) and his 43 wins are tied with Aaron Nola, Cole Hamels and Robin Roberts for the 12th most
  • Wheeler led all NL pitchers in fWAR with 5.9 and was T-10th among all major leaguers … Since he signed with the Phillies as a free agent (since 2020), Wheeler ranks 1st among all pitchers in MLB in fWAR at 19.3
  • His 5.0% walk rate ranked T-5th among NL pitchers with at least 100.0 IP … It was the lowest walk rate of his career (previous best: 5.4%, 2021)
  • Finished with the 4th most strikeouts in the NL (212)
  • On 8/26, Wheeler earned his 10th win of the season … He has earned 10+ wins in 6 seasons and has done so in every season with at least 20 starts … Wheeler has earned double-digit wins in 3 straight seasons for the first time in his career
  • Took a no-hitter into the 8th inning on 6/8 vs DET which was the longest no-hit bid of his career (previous: 6.1 innings on 7/30/13 vs MIA)
  • Reached 10 years of ML service on Sunday (6/11) vs LAD
  • Recorded his 18th career double-digit strikeout game and 10th as a Phillie on 5/27 at ATL
  • Made his 200th career start on 4/23 vs COL

ARIZONA DIAMONDBACKS NOTES:

POSTSEASON ANSWER-BACKS: The D-backs’ 4 comeback wins are the most this Postseason (11th overall), ahead of the Phillies (2), Astros (2), Rangers (1) and Braves (1)…Arizona’s 4 comeback wins this Postseason are tied for the most in franchise history (also: 2001).

♦ The D-backs are the fi rst team to win consecutive Postseason games when trailing in the 7th inning or later in each since the 2015 Royals in the World Series (Games 4-5)…it is the 15th time a team has had such a streak in a Postseason…no team has done so in 3 straight games
(source: @SlangsOnSports).

♦ Game 4 marked the second time this Postseason (and in franchise history in the Postseason) where Arizona rallied back from a 3-run deficit
(also: Wild Card Game 1 @ Brewers).

♦ The D-backs became the fourth team in Postseason history to have multi-run comeback wins in each of their first 2 games of the Postseason (Wild Card @ Brewers), joining the 1956 Dodgers, 2008 Rays and 2009 Yankees…Evan Longoria was a part of 2 of the teams (2008 Rays and 2023 Diamondbacks).

In Game 1 @ Brewers, the D-backs collected their first-ever Postseason win after trailing 3+ runs in a game…prior to the game, the D-backs were 0-14 in Postseason games when trailing 3+ runs.

In Game 2 @ Brewers, the D-backs overcame a 2-run deficit after plating 1 run in the fifth and 4 in the sixth.

MARTE PART-AY: Ketel Marte has hit safely in each of his 13 career Postseason games (.385/.641 SLG; 22- for 56, 9 XBH) to become the first D-backs’ player in franchise history to do so (third in MLB history) and is tied for the second-longest streak with Phillies’ Greg Luzinski.

♦ Only 1 other player has had longer a hit streak to begin a Postseason career – Marquis Grissom (15 – 1995-96).

BEST POSTSEASON HOME RECORDS BY VENUE (MIN. 20 GAMES):
PHI Citizens Bank Park …………..28-11 ……… .718
AZ Chase Field …………….. 16-8 ……… .667
NYM Shea Stadium ………………..26-13 ……… .667
STL Busch Stadium ………………35-18 ……… .660
BAL Memorial Stadium …………19-11 ……… .633

PARADE OF ARMS: In Game 4, Arizona and Philadelphia combined to use 16 pitchers, which tied for the fourth-most in a 9-inning Postseason game (also: Game 1 of the 2021 ALCS between Boston and Houston) [source: Elias Sports Bureau].

♦ There have been 3 total 9-inning Postseason games where the 2 teams have combined to use 17 pitchers: Game 3 of the 2020 AL Wild Card Series between Oakland and the White Sox, Game 2 of the 2020 NL Wild Card Series between St. Louis and San Diego and Game 3 of the 2020 NLDS between San Diego and Los Angeles-NL.

♦ The 8 pitchers used in Game 4 by the D-backs were the most they’ve used in any Postseason game in franchise history.

STEADY BULLPEN: D-backs’ relievers, in their last 33 games since Sept. 5, have a 2.51 ERA (39 ER in 139.2 IP) and .206 OPP AVG.

SNAKES IN THE POSTSEASON: Entering today, the D-backs’ 15 home runs are tied for third most this Postseason (also: Rangers), behind the Phillies (20) and Astros (18), while they are second in stolen bases (8):

TEAM HR AB TEAM SB ATT
Phillies 20 321 Phillies 12 15
Astros 18 312 D-backs 8 11
D-backs 15 338 Rangers 5 5
Rangers 15 391 Astros 2 2

DINGER POST-SZN: The D-backs (Corbin Carroll, Alek Thomas, Gabriel Moreno, Ketel Marte and Geraldo Perdomo) and Phillies are the only Postseason teams this season to feature 5 players who have hit 2+ home runs.

♦ The D-backs and Rangers are the only teams to have 8 diff erent players hit a home run this Postseason (also: Tommy Pham, Lourdes Gurriel Jr., and Christian Walker)…the Phillies are behind with 7.

PINCH-HIT POWER: In Game 4, Alek Thomas became the fourth D-backs player in franchise history to hit a pinch-hit homer in a Postseason game (also: Turner Ward inGame 3 of the 1999 NLDS @ NYM, Erubiel Durazo in Game 5 of the 2001 NLCS @ Atlanta) and Brandon Drury in Game 2 of the 2017 NLDS @ Los Angeles-NL).

♦ Thomas became the ninth player in MLB history with a game-tying, pinch-hit HR in the 8th inning or later of a playoff game and, at 23 years old, he’s the youngest player to do it (source: ESPN Stats & Info).

♦ Thomas (23 years-175 days) became the fourth-youngest player ever in Postseason history to hit a pinch-hit homer, behind Gavin Lux in 2019 NLDS-GM 1 (21-314), Oscar Taveras in 2014 NLCS-GM 2 (22-115) and Yogi Berra in 1947 World Series-GM 3 (22-143) [Sarah Langs].

POWER OF YOUTH: The D-backs’ 10 home runs hit by players age 23 or younger are second most in a single Postseason, behind the 2015 Cubs (11) [courtesy: Sarah Langs]…the D-backs’ players age 23 or younger have collected 10 home runs in a 9-game span while the Cubs and Astros played an average of 13 games in their respective Postseason runs.

♦ With Geraldo Perdomo, Corbin Carroll, Gabriel Moreno and Alek Thomas, the D-backs are the third team in Postseason history with 4 players age 23 or younger with a home run in a single Postseason, joining:2020 Braves (Riley, Pache, Albies, Acuña Jr) and 2015 Cubs (Bryant, Schwarber, Soler, Báez).

♦ Corbin Carroll (age 23-047), Alek Thomas (age 23-162), Gabriel Moreno (23-235) and Geraldo Perdomo (23-354) became the first, second, third and fourth-youngest D-backs players, respectively, in franchise history to hit multiple home runs in a Postseason.

♦ Corbin Carroll also became the third D-backs’ rookie to hit multiple home runs in a Postseason run, joining Mark Reynolds (2007) and Paul
Goldschmidt (2011).

♦ Gabriel Moreno is the fi rst catcher at age 23 or younger to collect 3+ homers in a Postseason.

SEWALD SAVES: Paul Sewald’s 5 consecutive Postseason saves is tied for the second-longest streak in Postseason history, joining Craig Kimbrel (BOS/2018), Brad Lidge (PHI/2008-09), Jonathan Papelbon (BOS/2007- 08), Mariano Rivera (NYY/1998-99), Mark Wohlers (ATL/1995-96) and Rick Aguilera (MIN/1991)…the most is 6 by Robb Nen (SFG/2002).

♦ Sewald is the first pitcher with 5 consecutive saves in a single Postseason since Craig Kimbrel in 2018 (BOS).

WHAT A TIME FOR BASEBALL: Last night was the first day in Postseason history where multiple teams won when trailing by 2+ in the 8th inning or later.

♦ This is the first year in Postseason history in which one LCS had the road team win the first 4 games and the other LCS had the home team
win the first 4 games of the respective series.

STARTING PITCHER – RHP ZAC GALLEN ♦ #23
WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW: Making his fourth career Postseason start and fi rst at home.

  • In 3 Postseason starts, is 2-1 with a 4.96 ERA (9 ER in 16.1 IP, 12 K).

HOME COOKIN: In 16 home starts @ home this season, went 12-3 with a 2.47 ERA (28 ER in 102.0 IP), 120 strikeouts, 1.03 WHIP, .230 opponent average and 7 home runs allowed.

  • His 2.47 home ERA ranked third-best in the Majors, behind Logan Webb/SF (2.26) and Kodai Senga/NYM (2.42).
  • Ranked among D-backs pitchers in franchise history in home starts (min. 50 GS) in ERA (1st, 2.84), WHIP (1st, 1.05), home runs allowed (T-1st, 34), strikeouts per 9.0 innings (3rd, 10.27), walks (4th, 87), strikeout-to-walk ratio (4th, 4.20), wins (7th, 24) and strikeouts (7th, 365).
  • His .081 opponent average with runners in scoring position at home was the best in the Majors, ahead of Justin Verlander/HOU (.164) and D-backs teammate Merrill Kelly (.167).

LAST START: Started Game 1 of the NLCS @ Phillies on Oct. 16 (L; 5 ER in 5.0 IP). • Grew up in Somerdale, N.J., about 10 miles east of Citizens Bank Park.

VS. PHILLIES: In 2 regular season career starts @ Chase Field, is 2-0 with a 0.00 ERA (0 ER in 12.0 IP, 13 K).

  • Last faced the Phillies @ Chase Field on Aug. 30, 2022, when he tossed 7.0 scoreless innings with 2 hits allowed, 1 walk and struckout 7 batters.
  • In 5 regular season career starts vs. Phillies, is 3-1 with a 2.22 ERA (10 R-6 ER in 24.1 IP, 24 K).

NLDS RECAP: Earned his second Postseason win in Game 2 of the NLDS on Oct. 9 @ Dodgers (2 ER in 5.1 IP).

WILD CARD RECAP: Earned the win in his Postseason debut in Game 2 of the NL Wild Card on Oct. 4 @ Brewers (2 ER in 6.0 IP) that advanced the D-backs to the NLDS.

  • Retired 14 of his final 18 batters faced.

2023 REGULAR SEASON HIGHLIGHTS: Went 17-9 with a 3.47 ERA (81 ER in 210.0 IP) in his fifth season with the D-backs.

  • Set career highs in virtually all categories, including wins (17), starts (34), innings (210.0) and strikeouts (220).
  • Eclipsed 200.0 IP, becoming the 21st D-backs pitcher (last: Merrill Kelly in 2022) to reach the feat.
  • Was the 2023 NL All-Star starting pitcher.
  • Finished third with a 5.2 fWAR and tied for fourth with a 4.3 bWAR.

NL RANKINGS: Ranked among qualifying NL leaders in innings pitched (2nd, 210.0), games started (2nd, 34), wins (2nd, 17), strikeouts (3rd, 220), WHIP (6th, 1.12), win percentage (6th, .654), ERA (7th, 3.47) and opponent average (T-9th, .238). 200/200 SEASON: Became the sixth D-backs pitcher (12th time) to reach 200.0+ innings and 200.0+ strikeouts in a season, joining Randy Johnson (5x: 1999, 2000, ’01, ’02, ’04), Curt Schilling (2x: 2001, ’02), Dan Haren (2x: 2008, ’09), Zack Greinke (2017) and Patrick Corbin (2018)…Gallen joined Gerrit Cole/NYY (200.0 IP, 217 K) as the lone pitchers to reach the mark in 2023.

MILKMAN DELIVERS: Tossed his fi rst career 9.0-inning shutout on Sept. 8 @ Cubs with 3 hits allowed and 9 strikeouts.

  • Previously had a 7.0-inning, complete-game shutout on April 25 – Game 1 @ Braves (7.0 IP, 1 H, 2 BB, 6 K).
  • Became the fourth D-backs pitcher (sixth time) to toss 9.0 or more innings, 0 runs, 3 or fewer hits, 1 or fewer walks and 9 or more strikeouts (also: Curt Schilling on April 10, 2001 and May 14, 2003; Randy Johnson on Sept. 14, 2003 and May 18, 2004; Ian Kennedy on April 25, 2011.
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