2023 MLB Wild Card Series Recap: D-Backs and Phillies Secure Victories

D-Backs and Phillies
Baseball playoffs have here!
The wild-card round officially started on Tuesday, with activity continuing throughout the day. All four first-round series are underway, with eight teams attempting to win Game 1 of their respective best-of-three series.
D-Backs and Phillies
D-Backs and Phillies
In the American League, the Rangers shut out the Rays in Game 1 at Tampa Bay, winning 4-0. Texas’ Jordan Montgomery threw seven scoreless innings, striking out six batters, to help the Rangers advance to the ALDS.
Meanwhile, the AL Central champion Twins upset the sixth-seeded Blue Jays in the playoffs for Minnesota’s first victory since 2004 and first at home since 2002 — before current manager Rocco Baldelli had even made his MLB debut as a player.

[Reactions to Game 1: Rangers-Rays, Blue Jays-Twins]

In the National League, the NL Central-winning Brewers took an early 3-0 lead, but the No. 6 seed Diamondbacks responded quickly with home runs from Corbin Carroll and Ketel Marte to cap a 6-3 comeback. Meanwhile, the Phillies dominated at home, racing out to a series lead with a 4- 1 victory against the Marlins.
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Here are the best plays from Tuesday’s first games!

The Philadelphia Phillies defeated the Miami Marlins 4 to 1.

Philly is ON FIRE!

It’s postseason baseball time again at Citizens Bank Park. Can the Phillies capitalize on their unexpected World Series victory in 2022?

The ceremonial first pitch was thrown out by Rhys Hoskins, a crucial contributor to last year’s success who tore his ACL in Spring Training.

Two-bagger for Bohm!

Philadelphia’s Alec Bohm struck first with an RBI double to put his side up.

Output that is offensive!

The Phillies seized a 3-0 lead in the bottom of the fourth, and multiple batters came alive. Bryson Stott led off the game with a single to center.
Stott advanced to third on a wild pitch after taking second on a throw to the plate. That set the stage for Christian Pache, who singled to the same area as Stott for his own RBI.

Brotherly affection

After Bryce Harper hit to left field, Nick Castellanos threw the Philadelphia fans into a frenzy by scoring Harper from first.

Milwaukee Brewers 6, Arizona Diamondbacks 3

Brewers legends excite fans

Who better than Bob “Mr. Baseball” Uecker and 2008 Brewers hero C.C. Sabathia to honor Milwaukee’s return to the MLB postseason?

Brewers are the first to strike.

Carlos Santana’s RBI single gives Milwaukee a 1-0 lead in front of the home crowd.

Ball cannot be predicted

The Diamondbacks have a number of potential base stealers on their squad. Christian Walker isn’t among them. And yet…

TANK, Taylor

Tyrone Taylor, the Brewers’ No. 9 hitter, smashed a two-run home run to extend Milwaukee’s advantage.

tangled in a BLINK

The Diamondbacks tied the game at three runs each with back-to-back home runs, first from N.L. Rookie of the Year leader Corbin Carroll in his first-ever playoff game, then from veteran Ketel Marte.


Moreno takes the lead!

Gabriel Moreno’s single home run, Arizona’s third of the game, gave the Diamondbacks their first lead in this wild-card series.


Is this the 27-year-old Evan Longoria or the 37-year-old Evan Longoria? With this incredible diving catch, the experienced veteran prevented what would have been two runs for Milwaukee. So much for Old Man Time.


Diamondbacks manager Torey Lovullo sent in Kevin Ginkel to throw the eighth inning, and he made light work of the Brewers, striking out three. Ginkel let his emotions run wild following the last putout.

Insurance is available.

The D-backs’ bats weren’t done yet, as Arizona added two more runs on the strength of this rocket from Christian Walker that almost left the yard.

Arizona won Game 1 thanks to Paul Sewald’s shutout against Milwaukee.
The Minnesota Twins defeated the Toronto Blue Jays 3 to 1.
Minny takes the lead after Royce rounds the bases.
In the first inning, Royce Lewis blasted the first home run of the 2023 playoffs, a line-drive shot to left field, giving the Twins a 2-0 lead.

Another Rolls-Royce is being driven away.
Lewis made his second trip around the bases in his second at-bat of the game, sending Blue Jays starter Kevin Gausman far the other way. The single shot put the Twins up 3-0 in the third.

Trolling twins

In Game 1, the Minnesota scoreboard operators had some fun at Toronto’s expense, dumping some “fun” information on Cavan Biggio, Alejandro Kirk, and Matt Chapman.

Kiermaier keeps it close at hand.

In the sixth inning, the Blue Jays were able to put two runners on base, allowing Kevin Kiermaier to score on a single to left. The base hit trimmed the Twins’ advantage to 3-1 and put an end to starter Pablo Lopez’s day after 5 2/3 innings.

Taylor will not allow it!

After Kiermaier’s single, the Blue Jays had an opportunity to add some more runs, but Michael A. Taylor made an outstanding catch in center field, stopping Chapman from scoring an extra-base hit that would’ve certainly knotted the game.


In the ninth, the Twins threatened again, but it was all love between studs Carlos Correa and Vladimir Guerrero Jr.

Come on over!

The Twins haven’t won a postseason game in 19 attempts — or almost 19 years — with their previous triumph coming on Oct. 5, 2004.


The Texas Rangers defeated the Tampa Bay Rays 4–0.
The youngster performs well.
Josh Jung drove in the first run of Game 1 on Tuesday, giving the Rangers a 1-0 lead in the second inning with a sacrifice fly to right.

A wild pitch equals a wild run.
Rays star In the fifth inning, Taylor Glasnow got himself into even more difficulty. After allowing runners to reach base, Glasnow hit a wild pitch that scored Corey Seager from third base, giving the Rangers a 2-0 lead.

Seager hits two home runs, with some assistance from the Rays.
The Rangers’ advantage was doubled in the sixth inning when Seager blasted a single to center that Jose Siri couldn’t catch on the fly. The hit resulted in one run being scored, but a second run was scored when Siri’s throw to third fell in the dugout, giving the Rangers a 4-0 advantage.

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