Phillies, Aaron Nola dominate Braves in Game 3 of NLDS; Philadelphia takes 2-1 series lead

Atlanta Braves rookie pitcher Spencer Strider took the ball for the primary time in just about a month and briefly took down the primary six Phillies batters. But the luck used to be short-lived. 

A leadoff stroll in the 3rd inning spelled the start of hassle. 

A wild pitch on a pickoff strive moved the Phillies runner from first base to 3rd. Strider then gave up an RBI double to fellow rookie Bryson Stott

Braves supervisor Brian Snitker then elected to deliberately stroll Kyle Schwarber. Strider’s subsequent pitch in the highest of the 3rd inning to Rhys Hoskins used to be hit 394 toes for a three-run homer.

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Aaron Nola (27) of the Philadelphia Phillies talks with Bryson Stott (5) and Rhys Hoskins (17) at the mound all through the 7th inning in opposition to the Atlanta Braves in Game 3 of the National League Division Series at Citizens Bank Park Oct. 14, 2022, in Philadelphia.
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The shortest get started of Strider’s transient occupation used to be over in simply 2⅓ innings. He ended the day with 5 runs charged to him.

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“I’m not sure if he got tired, but just kind of looked like his stuff went down a little bit,” Phillies supervisor Rob Thomson advised newshounds after the sport. “And I think the at-bat that really got us going was Stotts’ at-bat, how he was grinding and grinding, fouling pitches off. And then, I think, it was a slider that he hooked down the corner.”

Hoskins’ homer got here on a fastball at 93.8 mph, the lowest-velocity pitch Strider had thrown all sport.

Rhys Hoskins (17) of the Philadelphia Phillies celebrates with Bryson Stott (5) after hitting a two-run home run against Spencer Strider of the Atlanta Braves during the third inning in Game 3 of the National League Division Series at Citizens Bank Park Oct. 14, 2022, in Philadelphia.

Rhys Hoskins (17) of the Philadelphia Phillies celebrates with Bryson Stott (5) after hitting a two-run house run in opposition to Spencer Strider of the Atlanta Braves all through the 3rd inning in Game 3 of the National League Division Series at Citizens Bank Park Oct. 14, 2022, in Philadelphia.
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“I thought if he could get out of that third then that’s going to be it. But it didn’t happen,” Snitker mentioned all through the postgame media consultation.

Strider hadn’t pitched since Sept. 18, when he beat Philadelphia for the 3rd time this season. 

The right-hander, who turns 24 in two weeks, were out with a strained left indirect. An afternoon sooner than the NLDS opener, he signed a $75 million, six-year contract.

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J.T. Realmuto, left, of the Philadelphia Phillies scores a run on an RBI single by Nick Castellanos against the Atlanta Braves during the seventh inning in Game 3 of the National League Division Series at Citizens Bank Park Oct. 14, 2022, in Philadelphia.

J.T. Realmuto, left, of the Philadelphia Phillies rankings a run on an RBI unmarried via Nick Castellanos in opposition to the Atlanta Braves all through the 7th inning in Game 3 of the National League Division Series at Citizens Bank Park Oct. 14, 2022, in Philadelphia.
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Strider used to be relieved via Dylan Lee, who promptly gave up a two-run homer to ultimate season’s NL MVP Bryce Harper.

The Braves’ most effective run got here on an RBI unmarried from rookie Michael Harris II in the highest of the 6th inning.

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The Braves will ship veteran Charlie Morton to the mound for Game 4 Saturday. The Phillies didn’t instantly announce their beginning pitcher. First pitch is scheduled for two:07 p.m. ET.

The Associated Press contributed to this document.

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