Phillies Hit 4 homers in NLCS game 4 comeback victory
The Phillies overcame an early four run deficit, smashing four home runs on their way to a dramatic 10-6 victory in NLCS Game 4.
Phillies Beat Padres; LEAD NLCS 3-1
- Winning Pitcher: Brad Hand (2-0, 7.36)
- Losing Pitcher: Sean Manaea (0-1, 33.75)
Suddenly the Phillies are just one victory away from winning their 8th NL pennant in team history.
I actually had to say aloud to myself a few times before it truly set in. I like to think of myself generally as an optimist and I have to admit, I never envisioned this flawed Phillies team doing the things they are doing in October. Despite all the defensive challenges, razor-thin depth, and injuries this team is finding it within themselves to play their best baseball in the most clutch moments.
After falling behind 4 runs in the 1st inning this team didn’t blink twice. Rhys Hoskins, perhaps the most criticized member of the entire ball club, provided the spark the ball with two different 2-run home runs, each one of massive importance. His first cut the four run deficit in half in the 1st inning and pulled a stunned crowd at CBP back on their feet before they could panic.
Rhys’ second home run in the 5th inning tied the game at 6-6 and also answered a huge 2-run home run from Juan Soto that given the Padres their second lead just a few minutes before. You know what it is? It is the definition of clutch and I hope every hater of Rhys Hoskins out there took notice tonight because he’s doing it when It matters most.
When Bryce doubled in the 5th inning to give the Phillies their first lead of the night, CBP erupted with Bryce dramatically framing the Phillies logo on his chest while standing atop second base. Despite only being down by a single run, at that moment the Padres might as well have been down 10. The Phillies had withstood two shots from the Padres and were still standing and showing no sign of slowing down.
Kyle Schwarber and JT Realmuto hit massive solo shots in the 6th and 7th innings to put the Padres away. Down the stretch with David Robertson and Zach Eflin firing scoreless innings it sure felt a lot like the coronation of the soon to be NL Champions.
This was one of the greatest playoff games in Phillies history. It was the perfect example of the resiliency and fight this team has shown in the last weekend of the regular season, the dismantling of the Cardinals, the upset of the mighty Braves, and now beating a Padres team that simply cant match their energy.
Tonight’s win tied the Phillies franchise record for largest comeback in a postseason game.
Yes, it would help to finish off the series tomorrow in front of the home fans, but I highly doubt the Padres will be able to overcome Zack Wheeler, Aaron Nola and Ranger Suarez and win three in a row.
There’s no Eagles game tomorrow to distract us from the prize. Tomorrow the Phillies can go to the World Series. Say that to yourselves a few times.
Up Next for the Phillies
The Phillies will look to punch their ticket the the 2022 World Series in Game 5 of the NLCS at Citizens Bank Park with the first pitch scheduled for 2:37 PM EST.
FS1 will carry the broadcast of the game.
Zack Wheeler (1-1, 1.40) will take the mound facing off against Yu Darvish (2-1, 2.84)
Bailey Falter serves up an easy two out homer to Manny Machado in the top of the first inning.
Bailey Falter gives up a 2-run double to Philly Killer Brandon Drury and is then removed from the game without completing an inning.
Kim singles off of Connor Brogdon adding to the Padres lead in the opening frame.
Rhys Hoskins immediately answers the Padres big first inning with a two run shot
Bryce Harper rips an RBI double and knocks out Padres starting pitcher Mike Clevinger with one swing of the bat.
Connor Brogdon strikes out Manny Machado for the first out in the 3rd inning.
Nick Castellanos rips a one out double in the 4th inning off Padres pitcher Sean Manea.
Bryson singles to left field with one out in the 4th inning to score Nick Castellanos and tie the game up after a disastrous 1st inning.
Juan Soto takes Brad Hand deep in the 5th inning to gives the Padres their second lead of the night.
Rhys Hoskins ties the game up with his second two run home run of the night off Sean Manea in the 5th inning.
Bryce Harper gives the Phils the first lead of the night with a double to center to score JT Realmuto in the 5th inning.
Kyle Schwarber murders a baseball 429 feet to center field to put the Phils up by three runs in the 6th inning.
JT Realmuto adds to the Phils lead with a solo shot in the 7th inning. So many home runs!
David Robertson strikes out Jake Croenworth for the first out in the 8th inning.
Zach Eflin strikes out Jurickson Profar to seal the victory for the Phils in Game 4. Holy crap, we are only one game away from the NL pennant.
PHILS WIN 10-6
PHILS LEAD THE NLCS 3-1
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