The Philadelphia Phillies are two wins away from their first World Series since 2009.
They took a 2-1 lead in the National League Championship Series with their 4-2 victory over the San Diego Padres.
It was Philly’s first NLCS home game in a dozen years.
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Joe Musgrove gave up a leadoff home run to Kyle Schwarber, bringing fans at Citizens Bank Park to their feet early; he then allowed back-to-back walks, but Bryce Harper grounded into a double play and Nick Castellanos grounded, putting out the Padres. out of serious trouble.
San Diego had their first real threat in the fourth inning as they had runners on first and third with one out. Jake Cronenworth hit a routine double play ball, but Jean Segura dropped the pitch at second base. Instead of getting out of the inning unscathed, the game was tied at one.
Segura had a chance to redeem himself in the bottom half of the inning, coming to the plate with runners on second and third and two out, and he did it.
He hit a bloop single to shallow right-center to give Philadelphia a 3-1 lead, and delivered an emphatic bat swing. He also robbed Ha-Seong Kim of an inning-ending hit in the seventh inning, instead of two men on base for Juan Soto.
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Trent Grisham reached second base on an error leading off the fifth inning, and scored on a groundout two batters later.
In his five innings, outfielder Suarez struck out three, walked none and allowed two runs (one unearned) on two hits. The first man out of the corral was Zach Eflin, who put runners on the corners with one out in the sixth, but Josh Bell grounded into a 4-6-3 double play to end the threat.
With two outs in the sixth, Nick Castellanos and Alec Bohm hit back-to-back doubles, the last of which gave the Phillies a 4-2 lead. That ended the night for Musgrove, who went 5.2 frames. He allowed those four runs on eight hits while walking two and striking out five.
The Padres hit leadoff in the ninth, bringing the tying run to the plate, but Jurickson Profar couldn’t control his swing (the call could have gone either way), Grisham flied out, and Austin Nola struck out to end the game. the fight. play.
Seranthony Dominguez recorded the save with six outs: It was the first six-out save the Phillies have had in the postseason since Tug McGraw did it to win the 1980 World Series, exactly 42 years ago. He has struck out 13 of the 22 batters he has faced this postseason, striking out at least two in each of his five appearances.
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Mike Clevinger will start for the Padres to avoid a 3-1 hole; the Phillies’ starter remains to be determined. The first release is scheduled for 7:45 pm ET on FOX.