The Rangers paid respect to the injured Adolis Garca by walloping the Diamondbacks repeatedly in Game 4 on Tuesday
though the D-backs responded late — to move one win away from the franchise's first World Series title.
The D-backs went into the game hopeful that their bullpen game would pay off like it did in Game 4 of the NLCS, when eight Arizona relievers
combined to contain a formidable Phillies lineup in a 6-5 triumph. Tuesday did not go as planned.
Joe Mantiply started for the D-backs, as he had in the previous bullpen game. He recorded the four outs that Arizona manager Torey Lovullo clearly desired before being
lifted in the second inning with a man on first and one out. Miguel Castro came in, got another out, and then gave up the game's first run on a wild pitch.
The ugliness didn't stop there, as Castro was chased after allowing three baserunners and three runs with two outs. Arizona's next pitcher, Kyle Nelson,
made the unwise decision of hanging a slider against Corey Seager, the Rangers' most threatening bat in a lineup without Garcia. Seager's two-run homer extended the Rangers' lead to five runs.
Seager became the first shortstop in MLB history to homer three times in a World Series with that blast. It was also his fourth home run in the previous five games.
It's excruciating to give up five runs with two outs at home. Worse, you know what's even worse? The next inning, I'll do the same thing.