The Arizona D-Backs’ Dominican outfielder, Ketel Marte, has emerged as the offensive spark plug for the snake team. The Poisonous struggled to produce during the postseason, scoring just five runs in the entire series against the Philadelphia Fillies.
After the third game of the National League Championship Series, where Marte became the hero after hitting an RBI single for the winning run, Gardener did not hesitate to express his happiness.
“I’m happy that we won the first one at home, we lost both in Philadelphia (…) We’re here, doing our best,” he declared. “It’s for the long haul,” he said, after the D-backs closed the gap on the “Quaquero” team.
Now the series between the two organizations is dominated by the Phillies with a record of two wins and just one loss.
Regarding the pitch with which he makes contact, Marte stated that he only thinks about hitting the fastball, but he is also ready for any type of pitch.
Likewise, the outfielder assured that it “never crossed his mind” to hit a hit to decide a game in a postseason series.
“It has to come (…) I always go out to compete and have fun, so things are good for me,” he declared. “I faced him (Craig Kimbrel) a lot of times, but I had the mentality to win, I gave him one pitch and the other one was ready.”
According to journalist Bob Nightengale, Marte had six hits in 13 at-bats for a .462 average. Meanwhile the rest of the team continued to wet powder, as they averaged .083.