Underdog Phillies slay Braves, advance to NLCS

Oct 15, 2022; Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA; Philadelphia Phillies designated hitter Bryce Harper (3) gestures after hitting a home run in the eight inning against the Atlanta Braves in game four of the NLDS for the 2022 MLB Playoffs at Citizens Bank Park. Mandatory Credit: Eric Hartline-USA TODAY Sports
Credit: Eric Hartline-USA TODAY Sports

Brandon Marsh hit a three-run homer in the second one inning Saturday afternoon for the host Philadelphia Phillies, who by no means regarded again in Game 4 of a National League Division Series as they eradicated the protecting World Series champion Atlanta Braves, 8-3.

The Phillies, who completed 14 video games at the back of the 101-win, division-champion Braves within the NL East and feature the worst report of any playoff workforce, will play both the San Diego Padres or Los Angeles Dodgers in subsequent week’s NL Championship Series. The Padres lead the Dodgers two video games to one heading into their sport in San Diego later Saturday.

It would be the first travel to the NLCS for the Phillies since 2010.

The Braves, who gained the World Series final season after getting into the playoffs with the worst report of any player, was the twenty second directly World Series winner to fall wanting a repeat. The New York Yankees, who gained 3 directly titles from 1998 thru 2000, are the newest back-to-back champion.

Braves starter Charlie Morton wriggled out of a first-and-third, none-out jam within the first sooner than the Phillies jumped forward in the second one. Alec Bohm led off with a unmarried off Morton’s elbow and went to 1/3 on Jean Segura’s one-out unmarried, and then Marsh, the ninth-place hitter, homered to appropriate.

The Braves minimize the space in part on Orlando Arcia’s one-out homer off Noah Syndergaard within the 1/3, however catcher J.T. Realmuto led off the ground part with an inside-the-park homer towards Collin McHugh after Morton may now not proceed after attempting to heat up.

Realmuto’s lengthy fly to the left-center-field wall eluded middle fielder Michael Harris II and the ball caromed into right-center. Harris chased the ball down without a the help of appropriate fielder Ronald Acuna Jr. as Realmuto raced across the bases for the primary inside-the-park homer through a catcher in MLB postseason historical past. It was once additionally the primary Phillies inside-the-park homer ever within the postseason.

Matt Olson homered towards Andrew Bellatti with one out within the fourth, however the Braves were given the tying run to the plate simply as soon as sooner than the Phillies added 3 insurance coverage runs within the 6th by way of back-to-back-to-back RBI singles through Rhys Hoskins, Realmuto and Bryce Harper.

Travis d’Arnaud homered for the Braves within the 7th, however Harper hit an opposite-field shot within the backside part to make it 8-3.

Seranthony Dominguez, the Phillies’ 6th pitcher, struck out the facet in a 1-2-3 9th whiffing d’ARnaud to finish the sport and activate an enthusiastic birthday celebration on the pitchers mound.

The victory was once awarded to Brad Hand (1-0), who tossed a scoreless 5th. Syndergaard surrendered most effective the hit through Arcia whilst placing out 3 over 3 innings.

Morton, who left after his warmup tosses within the 1/3, gave up the 3 runs on 4 hits and one stroll whilst placing out 3 over two innings.

–Field Level Media

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