The Arizona Diamondbacks dismantled the Texas Rangers in Game 2 of the World Series on Saturday night by a final score of 9-1.
D-backs starter Merrill Kelly was the toast of the town last night, going seven innings strong and allowing just one run on three hits while striking out nine Rangers batters.
But the unsung hero of Game 2 was former Cincinanti Reds outfielder Tommy Pham. The veteran went 4-for-4 with a pair of doubles, and has the Diamondbacks eyeing their second-ever World Series Championship.
Former Reds outfielder posts perfect line in Game 2 of the World Series
While a member of the Cincinnati Reds in 2022, Tommy Pham was known more for slapping San Francisco Giants outfielder Joc Pederson over a fantasy football dispute than he was for his play on the field.
Pham was traded to the Boston Red Sox last summer and signed with the New York Mets last offseason. After New York fell flat this past season, the decision was made to put Pham on the trade block, and the Arizona Diamondbacks happily scooped up the veteran outfielder.
While he was picked off second base during Game 2, Pham went 4-for-4 with a pair of singles, two doubles, and two runs scored. Pham was lifted in favor a pinch hitter Jace Peterson later in the game.
According to a response from Tommy Pham himself on social media, the outfielder asked manager Torey Lovullo to pinch hit for him in order for Peterson to receive his first-ever World Series at-bat.
Pham went 1-for-5 with a home run and two strikeouts in a Game 1 loss at the hands of the Texas Rangers. The World Series now shifts to the desert for the next three games with both teams having one win under their belt.