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Well, just like last season, the Philadelphia Phillies will return home for Game 3 of the NLDS against the Atlanta Braves with the series tied 1-1.
Game 2 was there for the taking. The Phillies held a 4-0 lead entering the final innings of the ball game on Monday night and allowed Atlanta to finally breathe after holding them scoreless throughout the first 14 innings of the NLDS.
The Braves answered, erupting to score five funs over the final three frames on Monday, beating the Phillies 5-4 and ending it on a dramatic 8-5-3 double play to even the series.
Obviously, heading into the NLDS a split in Atlanta was the ultimate goal.
The Phillies accomplished that in Game 1 but holy hell would it have been incredible taking 2-0 series lead home to Citizens Bank Park tomorrow night.
There was blood in the water last night and honestly, the start of the game couldn’t have gone any better. The Phillies carried a 4-run lead into the bottom of the sixth inning. Wheeler was dominating on the mound, and ultimately pitched 6.1 innings, allowing just three hits, three runs (two earned) and a walk while striking out 10.
Wheeler literally had a no-hit bid heading into the seventh. The fact that the Phillies lost was ridiculous.
To recap, Alec Bohm wasted zero time getting the Phillies on the board. Bohm hit a line drive single to center field that scored Trea Turner, as he continues to be the only Phillies player that can consistently hit with runners in scoring position.
Alec Bohm RBI Single
JT Realmuto put the Phillies up 3-0 in the top of the third inning, crushing a fly ball deep to right center field off Braves’ starter Max Fried.
Realmuto continues to rise to the occasion throughout the first four games of the postseason. Over 15 at-bats, he’s now batting .333 with five hits, a double, two home runs, and four RBI.
JT Realmuto RING IT
That’s where things got messy. Wheeler ran into trouble with on one in the seventh inning, coughing up a 2-run homer to Travis D’Arnaud. Jose Alvarado then retired three in a row before turning the game over to Jeff Hoffman while the top of Braves (right-heavy) lineup due up.
He hit Ronald Acuna Jr, got Ozzie Albies to groundout, and worked a 1-2 count to get ahead of Austin Riley. Only needed one more strike to get the Phillies out of the eighth, Hoffman, ran the count full and drilled a slider over the left field wall to give the Braves a 5-4 lead on a go-ahead home run.
The end result was Nick Castellanos drilling a ball to deep right-center field with Michael Harris II leaping to catch it against the wall. Harris then gunned Harper down at first base to tie the series 1-game a piece and send both teams back to Citizens Bank Park for Game 3 tomorrow night.
Tracking Bryce Harper's baserunning on the Braves' game-ending double play— David Adler (@_dadler) October 10, 2023
You can see where he is when Harris makes the catch pic.twitter.com/tohXeFCG72
The Phillies now, just like last year, have the opportunity to bounce back tonight at home and make sure this series never returns to Truist Park by winning again tomorrow night at Citizens Bank Park.
Aaron Nola on the mound. For all things holy.
That’s literally all that matters.