Diamondbacks beat Phillies 4-2 in Game Seven, Saalfrank headed to World Series

Arizona's Andrew Saalfrank pitches against the Brewers in the Wild Card round.
Arizona's Andrew Saalfrank pitches against the Brewers in the Wild Card round.((ESPN/MLB))
Published: Oct. 24, 2023 at 11:52 PM EDT
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PHILADELPHIA (WPTA) - Andrew Saalfrank’s remarkable 2023 will have one last chapter on the biggest stage his sport has to offer.

The Diamondbacks won the National League pennant on Tuesday night, with a 4-2 victory at Philadelphia in game seven of the NLCS.

The Heritage grad picked up a hold on Tuesday, but had command issues coming out of the Arizona bullpen. He struck out Brandon Marsh for the first out in the bottom of the seventh. Saalfrank then walked Cristian Pache and Kyle Schwarber.

After that, Kevin Ginkel replaced Saalfrank on the mound, and Ginkel retired the next two batters.

Despite his recent control struggles, Saalfrank will now likely get the opportunity to pitch in the World Series against the Texas Rangers.

Saalfrank had never even pitched above the Double-A level prior to this season. After impressive stints at Double-A Amarillo and Triple-A Reno, Saalfrank got called up to the Diamondbacks late in the regular season, making his MLB debut on September 5th.

He pitched in 10 regular season games, allowing no earned runs over 10.1 innings of work.

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