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The Philadelphia Phillies went ice cold last night in Arizona, losing NLCS Game 3 by a final score of 2-1 while only mustering up three total hits on the night and one run scored.
Before we dive into this post, I want to be clear that I’m not making excuses. If the Phillies want to win baseball games then they need to have more than 3 hits and score more than 1 run.
It’s not hard to see how they lost, even more so when your pitching staff manages to limit the Diamondbacks to just two runs on the night. Plenty of blame to go around equally and that includes the fact that home plate umpire Dan Iassogna was absolutely horrible last night for both teams.
During the regular season Iassogna was ranked 79th out of 92 umpires.
Needless to say, he’s not good at his job, which raises questions as to why he was even called upon to work the NLCS in the first place.
Dan Iassogna Worst Calls of the 2023 MLB Regular Season
According to Umpire Auditor on Twitter, Iassogna missed 14 calls in NLCS Game 3 between the Diamondbacks and Phillies. He posted a “correct call rate” of 89.4%. That is really fucking bad. No other way to look at it. To put how bad it was in context, Angel Hernandez had a correct call rate of 90.4%.
Dan Iassogna Missed Calls NLCS Game 3
I bet. pic.twitter.com/gKqPIElpTQ— Drew Smith (@drewmsmith) October 20, 2023
Again, this was happening for both the Phillies and D-Backs. Arizona’s mascot was even fed up with some the calls made by Iassogna last night. It really pains me to say that because I want nothing more than to BBQ this giant kitty cat and eat him as an appetizer tonight ahead of Game 4 but when you’re right, you’re right.
The D-Backs mascot was HEATED
The DBacks mascot was HEATED 😡 pic.twitter.com/8tQw73rGIJ— Baseball Quotes (@BaseballQuotes1) October 19, 2023
Cristopher Sanchez vs Joseph Mantiply
The Phillies were brutal last night in Game 3 but I full expect them to bounce back tonight in Game 4 with Cristopher Sanchez on the mound against a Diamondbacks’ bullpen game.
Almost immediately after last night’s loss, Rob Thomson announced that Cristopher Sanchez will take the mound tonight in Game 4, opposing the Diamondbacks bullpen.
The D-Backs will start with reliever Joe Mantiply and I guess just take it from there.
Ideally, Sanchez will be able to battle through 5-6 innings and hand the game over to the bullpen with no issues. I have complete confidence that he’ll do just that while the bats get back on track in the desert, setting up a series-clinching Game 5 with Zack Wheeler on the mound tomorrow night.