Things were already going bad for the Diamondbacks, but a seventh-inning play Tuesday night in Game 2 of the National League Championship Series could have really tipped the scales in the wrong direction against the Phillies.
Already trailing 6-0 in the bottom of the seventh, Arizona gave up two more runs before botching a routine popup that made things worse.
With one out and a runner on second base, reliever Ryne Nelson stranded Phillies infielder Bryson Stott with an up-and-down fastball that he threw down the third-base line.
It didn’t seem like the toughest popup in the world as Nelson, third baseman Evan Longoria and catcher Gabriel Moreno all went after the ball.
Longoria appeared to have the best angle on the ball, but as it fell toward Earth, the veteran appeared to defer to Nelson or Moreno.
However, neither camped under the ball, which fell on the grass.
Stott was credited with a single and then scored the Phillies’ 10th run of the game on a sacrifice fly by Nick Castellanos.
It was a head-scratching decision from Longoria, a three-time Gold Glove winner with the Tampa Bay Rays.
“Longoria just let Nelson catch it,” TBS play-by-play announcer Brian Anderson said. “Pitchers are almost always told to evacuate the premises. And Longoria let him relax and this one goes down.
It’s been a tough series for Arizona, who were outscored 15-3 heading into the eighth inning of Game 2.
The Diamondbacks swept the Brewers and Dodgers before running into a Phillies team that has lost just one game in the postseason so far this year.