Marsh Madness! Phillies beat Braves 8-3 in Game 4, into NLCS

PHILADELPHIA — Bryce Harper stood as nonetheless in the clubhouse as he does when he admires a house run and authorized the beer tub from bottles his Phillies teammates took pride in pouring on him.

Harper’s goggles supplied no protection for the waterfall of booze streaming down his cheeks.

“It’s so cold! But it’s so good!” slugger Rhys Hoskins barked in Harper’s face.

Then it used to be time for the Phillies to sing: “I’m going going, back back, to Cali Cali!” they shouted in unison to the Notorious B.I.G. vintage. That’s appropriate, the following forestall for the Fightins is a shuttle West to the NLCS, as a staff that seemed utterly misplaced in May abruptly appears each bit like a World Series contender in October.

Brandon Marsh hit a three-run homer and J.T. Realmuto covered an inside-the-park house run that despatched Philadelphia bolting headfirst into the NL Championship Series for the primary time since 2010 with an 8-3 win over the Atlanta Braves in Game 4 Saturday.

Realmuto turned into the primary catcher to hit an inside-the-parker in postseason historical past and Harper punctuated the romp with a clinching house run that helped the Phillies take the NL Division Series 3-1 towards the World Series champion Braves.

The Phillies will face both San Diego or the Los Angeles Dodgers in the NLCS. The Padres held a 2-1 lead over the Dodgers going into Game 4 of the NLDS matchup Saturday night time.

Atlanta’s loss intended Major League Baseball hasn’t had a repeat champ because the New York Yankees gained 3 instantly from 1998-2000.

“Like I told them, the goal when we leave spring training is to win the division. Until you win the division, you don’t have a chance to do anything special because you never know what’s going to happen, you don’t know what team’s going to get hot, what things have to go right for you to go deep into the postseason,” Braves supervisor Brian Snitker stated.

“And we got in. It didn’t happen for us this year,” he stated.

Philadelphia completed 3rd in the NL East at 87-75, a complete 14 video games in the back of the 101-win Braves this season, however is taking part in like a contender beneath supervisor Rob Thomson. Thomson, who were a profession trainer for the Yankees and Phillies, reworked a staff neatly out of rivalry at 23-29 after they fired Joe Girardi on June 3.

“We just got off to a little bit of a slow start and kind of spiraled. And May was a really tough month. It was a really tough schedule,” Thomson stated.

“Then once we hit June, the schedule kind of lightened up a little bit and we started winning, and guys started getting confidence and believing that they could win and believing that, OK, now this is the team that we thought we were. And just kept going,” he stated.

After a 2-0 sweep of NL Central champion St. Louis in MLB’s newly created wild-card spherical, the Phillies used a dose of Marsh Madness to stay the celebration rolling in October.

Heck, name it Mash Madness, because the Phillies became Citizens Bank Park into a comfortable house bandbox for the second one instantly recreation — and with any other fired-up, towel-waving crowd alongside for each lengthy ball.

“I feel like I’m with them,” Harper stated. “I feel like they’re with us each day. I feel like I’m in hand-in-hand with them. That’s all they want to see. They just want you to play hard. That’s it. They want you to go out there and bust your (rear) each day. No excuses.”

After Hoskins spiked his bat on a three-run shot in a Game 3 win, it used to be Marsh’s flip in the second one inning to hammer his personal three-run homer in Game 4.

Braves starter Charlie Morton used to be hit on his pitching elbow via Alec Bohm’s unmarried touring 71.9 mph to steer off the inning. After being checked, Morton allowed a unmarried to Jean Segura and hung a 2-2 curveball that the No. 9 hitter Marsh introduced deep into the fitting box seats for a 3-0 lead.

The 24-year-old Marsh is referred to as a lot for his stringy hair and ZZ Top-esque beard as he’s for being probably the most most sensible younger gamers at the Phillies. Marsh, who additionally doubled in the fourth, used to be got from the Los Angeles Angels in August simply forward of this season’s business time limit. Phillies President Dave Dombrowski swung any other time limit maintain the Angels that were given them Game 4 starter Noah Syndergaard, additionally identified for his lengthy locks.

Hey, it’s going to be simple for the Phillies to let their hair down and celebration.

Reliever Brad Hand used to be one among six Philadelphia pitchers and were given the win.

Syndergaard, bumped from the rotation on the finish of the season, wasn’t requested via Thomson to do a lot rather then stay the Phillies in the sport. Maybe pass unscathed as soon as across the order. Syndergaard delivered with 3 strikeouts in 3 innings in a temporary throwback to his commanding “Thor” days with the New York Mets.

Orlando Arcia hit a solo shot off him in the 3rd to make it 3-1.

Realmuto then hustled his means into postseason historical past.

He hooked up to steer off the 3rd inning towards reliever Collin McHugh. The ball hit the angled portion of the wall past the succeed in of middle fielder Michael Harris II, and the carom rolled alongside the caution observe towards right-center. Ronald Acuña Jr. stood in appropriate box gazing the play, and didn’t get started working towards the ball till Realmuto used to be way past first base. Realmuto, who runs extraordinarily neatly for a catcher, made a headfirst slide into the plate, neatly forward of the relay.

With that, it used to be bedlam within the park, as a sellout crowd of 45,660 used to be deliriously cheering, each sense tingling that there wasn’t going to be a Game 5.

Nope. Just Game 3 of the NLCS again in Philadelphia on Friday.

Harper hit a solo homer in the 8th, the second one of the sequence for the reigning NL MVP.

It appeared becoming the trio of Phillies sluggers that shape the center of the franchise put the sport away in the 6th. Hoskins-Realmuto-Harper all had RBI singles that made it 7-2 and a sequence clinch an insignificant formality.

“They’re hitting on all cylinders at the right time. It’s a good club,” Snitker stated. “They’ve got really good players, and they’re getting it going at the right time.”

The Phillies trotted out 2008 World Series champion Pat Burrell to throw the primary pitch after his teammate from ‘08 Shane Victorino did the similar ahead of Game 3.

The Phillies’ run of 5 instantly postseason appearances — that incorporated the 2009 NL pennant and a loss in the 2010 NLCS to San Francisco — stretched from 2007 to 2011 till the franchise used to be saddled with such a lot of dry years with out hope.

They not have to have a look at Burrell, Victorino different individuals of that run as the one reminders of postseason stars — Harper, Hoskins, Realmuto, Marsh have carved their very own October marks, with no less than yet one more sequence forward.


Morton walked out to the mound for the beginning of the 3rd inning however may no longer get free. He used to be changed via McHugh. Morton entered 5-0 with a nil.73 ERA in 5 profession removing video games, 4 begins.


Matt Olson and Travis d’Arnaud hit solo homers for the Braves.


Phillies RHP David Robertson was hoping he may go back to the roster for the NLCS. The reliever injured his appropriate calf leaping to rejoice Harper’s house run in their clinching wild-card victory at St. Louis. The 37-year-old had a resurgent season with the Cubs and Phillies, going 4-3 with a 2.40 ERA, together with a 2.70 ERA in 22 appearances after a midseason business. Robertson known as the harm “embarrassing.”


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