Saturday, February 24 2024

The National League Championship Series shifts to Phoenix for an afternoon matinee for Game 3 (5:07 p.m. ET, TBS).

The Arizona Diamondbacks are facing a must-win game against the Philadelphia Phillies in the best-of-seven series. A loss on Thursday at Chase Field would put the D-backs on the brink of elimination and the Phillies one win away from a return to the World Series.

The D-backs turn to rookie pitcher Brandon Pfaadt, who started the NL Division Series-clinching win over the Los Angeles Dodgers. He will go up against the Phillies’ Ranger Suárez, who was solid in the NLDS against the Atlanta Braves.

The D-backs hope to return to the formula that got them here. Meanwhile, will the Phillies’ home run barrage continue?

Keep up with the latest updates from NLCS Game 3 on Thursday:

Diamondbacks rookie Brandon Pfaadt takes the mound for Game 3 of the NLCS against the Phillies.Diamondbacks rookie Brandon Pfaadt takes the mound for Game 3 of the NLCS against the Phillies.

Phillies vs. Diamondbacks: NLCS Game 3 time, TV channel, how to watch

Thursday afternoon’s National League Championship Series game begins at 5:07 p.m. ET, airing on TBS.

Phillies, Diamondbacks starting lineups and probable pitchers


LHP Ranger Suárez − 1-0, 1.04 ERA this postseason

Suarez made two starts against Atlanta in the NLDS, allowing one earned run and four hits over a combined 8 ⅔ innings as the Phillies won both games. … The Diamondbacks got Suarez for five runs and five hits in a five-inning stint in Philadelphia on May 24, but less than a month later at Chase Field, he was lights-out, allowing no runs and 4 hits with 7 strikeouts in 7 innings.

  1. Kyle Schwarber, DH

  2. Trea Turner, SS

  3. Bryce Harper, 1B

  4. Alec Bohm, 3B

  5. Bryson Stott, 2B

  6. J.T. Realmuto, C

  7. Nick Castellanos ,RF

  8. Brandon Marsh, LF

  9. Johan Rojas, CF


RHP Brandon Pfaadt − 3-9, 5.72 ERA during regular season; 0-0, 3.86 ERA during postseason

Pfaadt gave the Diamondbacks a shot in the arm last week in the NLDS-clinching win over the Dodgers, allowing just 2 hits and no walks over 4 ⅓ innings. … He kept Los Angeles hitters off balance with his changeup, using it 26% of the time, a career-high. … Before that, the rookie right-hander labored through his Game 1 wild-card start and was given a quick hook after just 2 ⅔ innings. — Nick Piecoro

  1. Ketel Marte, 2B

  2. Corbin Carroll, CF

  3. Gabriel Moreno, C

  4. Christian Walker, 1B

  5. Tommy Pham, RF

  6. Lourdes Gurriel Jr., LF

  7. Evan Longoria, 3B

  8. Emmanuel Rivera, 3B

  9. Geraldo Perdomo, SS

Embrace the Chaos: Diamondbacks vow to be more aggressive in NLCS Game 3

PHOENIX — The Arizona Diamondbacks hear what you’re saying.

They really believed that they could play with the modern-day version of the 1927 Yankees, no matter how intimidating the Philadelphia Phillies are these days.

Now, they have only once choice.

They can either prove it beginning Thursday (5:07 ET, TBS) at Chase Field in Game 3 against the Phillies, or go meekly home, knowing they’re done if they go down 3-0 in this National League Championship Series.

The D-backs may have won just 84 games this season, been outscored by the opposition during the regular-season, and entered the postseason with just two dominant starters, but they had the belief they could create enough chaos on the bases to topple the Phillies.

Instead, they’ve watched the Phillies turn the NLCS into their own power-and-light show, hitting six home runs and shutting down the D-backs’ offense and their vaunted running game.

After all that running with the D-backs stealing a franchise-record 166 bases, second-most in the majors, with rookie Corbin Carroll stealing 54 bases himself, they have been completely been shut down by the Phillies.

The D-backs haven’t attempted a stolen base, while Carroll, who has been on base three times, hasn’t even faked he was taking off.

Now they plan to alter their approach, take more risks, be more daring on the basepaths, and force the Phillies to make mistakes. It’s the formula that got them into the playoffs, so why stop now?

“I’m an eternal optimist, and I have to be,” D-backs manager Torey Lovullo said. “I believe in our team, and that we can compete against anybody in any circumstances. We have to go do what we do best.”  — Bob Nightengale

Prices for NLCS Game 3 in Phoenix plummet with D-backs in 2-0 hole

With their unlikely run to the National League Championship Series, the Arizona Diamondbacks had appeared to recapture the attention of Phoenix sports fans. Now, just two games into their NLCS appearance against the Philadelphia Phillies, they seem to have lost nearly all of that goodwill.

Ticket prices for Game 3 of the NLCS, the first in Arizona, have plunged. Where the starting price of the “get-in” (cheapest) tickets were $115, fans can now buy their entry for as little as $15 according to TickPick. That’s a stunning 87% price drop.

For comparison, the cheapest tickets for Game 1 in Philadelphia per TickPick’s data started at $467. Tickets for Game 2 started at $422. — Jack McKessy

Calum Scott thanks Phillies fans after ‘Dancing On My Own’ hits 1 billion streams

The Philadelphia Phillies are making yet another deep run in the MLB playoffs, and British singer/songwriter Calum Scott is riding the wave along with them.

Scott’s remix with Tiesto of Robyn’s hit single “Dancing On My Own” recently hit 1 billion streams on Spotify — and the Phillies adopting it as their postseason theme song the past two years has likely played a significant role.

On Wednesday, Scott posted a video on X, the social media site formerly known as Twitter, thanking his listeners for their support and adding a follow-up post with a shout-out to the Phillies and their fans.

The Phillies had planned to retire “Dancing On My Own” after last year’s run to the World Series, but a midseason slump forced them to reconsider as they looked to get back on track. − Steve Gardner

This article originally appeared on USA TODAY: NLCS Game 3 updates: Phillies vs. Diamondbacks TV, lineups, pitchers

Source: Yahoo Sports


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