Paul Sewald blows save, Diamondbacks drop Game 1 of World Series vs. Rangers

Oct 27, 2023, 9:14 PM | Updated: Oct 28, 2023, 12:25 am

The Arizona Diamondbacks and Texas Rangers traded blows early on in Game 1 of the World Series on Friday night.

Once Arizona’s bullpen took over in the sixth inning, though, the D-backs had all the momentum. A 5-3 advantage held all the way up until the bottom of the ninth inning for closer Paul Sewald to bring home.

But with one swing of the bat, Sewald’s consistent postseason stretch was no more, blowing the save in a 6-5 finish in 11 innings.

Sewald did himself no favors with a leadoff walk to Leody Taveras before watching Corey Seager go yard on a first-pitch no-doubter two batters later to even up the score at 5-5.

Sewald entered Friday with eight scoreless innings in the postseason, allowing just three hits and a walk with 11 strikeouts. He was 6-for-6 in save opportunities across his eight appearances.

Texas never looked back after the ninth, with Adolis Garcia ending things with a walk-off home run in the 11th inning off Miguel Castro for the 6-5 win.

Before Sewald’s implosion, the D-backs bullpen looked as strong as it had been throughout the postseason, beginning with Ryan Thompson.

Following an inconsistent showing from ace Zac Gallen that lasted five innings and resulted in three earned runs, Thompson got out of the sixth without allowing a run and facing five batters.

Thompson would last just one inning before turning things over to Joe Mantiply in the seventh.

The 2022 All-Star had little trouble handling the top of the Rangers’ lineup, putting down Marcus Semien, Corey Seager and Evan Carter in order behind 15 pitches.

This was a notable appearance for Mantiply, as he replaced rookie Andrew Saalfrank as the high-leverage lefty after Saalfrank struggled to throw strikes in the NLCS.

Mantiply’s outing opened up the door for Kevin Ginkel in the eighth.

And while he didn’t quite have the same the command he’s had in previous postseason outings, Ginkel managed to get through a leadoff hit and a one-out walk without a run crossing the plate.

It’s been an impressive playoff run for the reliever, who entering play Friday night had allowed just six hits, two walks and no runs across nine innings of work. He also struck out 13 during that span.

Arizona scored five runs via a Corbin Carroll two-RBI triple, Ketel Marte fielder’s choice, Tommy Pham solo homer and Marte RBI double.

Next up, Game 2 on Saturday.

Game 2 is slated for 5:03 p.m. MST. Catch all the action on the Arizona Sports app, 98.7 and, beginning with pregame coverage at 4:15 p.m. MST

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