Ex-Purple Sox Craig Kimbrel Haunted By Postseason Woes Once more

With an opportunity to place the Arizona Diamondbacks in an unbelievable 3-1 gap within the Nationwide League Championship Collection, Philadelphia Phillies nearer Craig Kimbrel flopped — extremely.

The previous Boston Purple Sox nearer and 2018 World Collection champion melted miserably whereas making an look within the eighth inning of Recreation 4 in Arizona. When known as upon, Philadelphia held a 5-3 lead, simply six outs away from taking a commanding 3-1 lead and sniffing a World Collection berth.

Nevertheless, the Diamondbacks had different plans and Kimbrel wasn’t ready.

Identical to in Recreation 3 when Arizona walked off Kimbrel to keep away from a 3-0 gap, the Diamondbacks rallied in opposition to the right-hander on Friday night time and tagged Kimbrel for 3 runs off three hits. Kimbrel solely managed to report two outs earlier than taking a stroll of disgrace again to Philadelphia’s dugout.

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Philadelphia dropped the competition, falling 6-5 to Arizona.

None of that’s new for Kimbrel, nevertheless.

Again when Kimbrel pitched for the Purple Sox, amid Boston’s 2018 postseason hunt, the nine-time All-Star was something however dependable, turning save alternatives into nightmare situations. Quick ahead to 5 years later and Kimbrel nonetheless hasn’t shaken off the adverse playoff stigma, handing the Diamondbacks essential momentum amid their Cinderella run.

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Getting into the vital second, only a night time after permitting a walk-off single to Arizona’s Ketel Marte within the backside of the ninth inning in Recreation 3, Kimbrel’s October observe report wasn’t very favorable.

Since 2018, Kimbrel’s recorded a 4.91 ERA, permitting 11 runs in 18 1/3 innings.

If the Phillies don’t reply to Arizona’s exhausting punch, it’ll price them a second consecutive journey to the World Collection.

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