For the primary time since 2009, the Philadelphia Phillies are headed to the World Collection, and so they can thank the reigning NL MVP for that.
Bryce Harper got here up within the clutch when the Phillies wanted him most. With the Phillies trailing 3-2 within the backside of the eighth, Harper smashed a go-ahead two-run residence run, and one half inning later, the NL pennant belonged to the Fightins’.
It is a storybook ending to the NLCS for the Phillies, who clinched the ultimate wild-card spot within the NL earlier than occurring a historic run to the World Collection.
The Phillies opened the scoring on Sunday night time thanks to a different huge residence run from first baseman Rhys Hoskins.
A day faraway from a two-homer effort, Hoskins put the Phillies on the board with a two-run blast within the third inning off Padres starter Yu Darvish.
The Padres responded within the prime of the fourth when Juan Soto related on his second residence run of the NLCS, reducing the deficit to 2-1.
After each groups went scoreless within the fifth and sixth, the climate started to influence Recreation 5. Whereas rain fell evenly on and off for a lot of the recreation, it picked up considerably within the seventh.
Following a Jake Cronenworth single to open up the inning, the Phillies turned to Seranthony Dominguez out of the bullpen to exchange starter Zack Wheeler.
Dominguez had hassle gripping the baseball from the beginning of his outing, firing off a wild pitch instantly upon getting into the sport. After permitting a double to Josh Bell to tie the sport 2-2, Dominguez struck out Brandon Drury and Ha-Seong Kim back-to-back. Nonetheless, with two outs within the inning, catastrophe struck.
Going through Trent Grisham, Dominguez uncorked two wild pitches, permitting pinch-runner Jose Azocar to attain, giving the Padres their first lead of the sport at 3-2.
With the Padres nonetheless main 3-2 within the backside of the eighth, J.T. Realmuto opened the inning with a single, setting the stage for Harper’s heroics.
The Phillies referred to as on David Robertson to shut issues out within the ninth. Nonetheless, after placing out Wil Myers to start out the ninth, Robertson bumped into hassle, strolling Drury and Kim with only one away within the inning.
Phillies supervisor Rob Thomson turned to starter Ranger Suarez out of the ‘pen to seal the sport, and he did not disappoint.
It took Suarez simply two pitches to ship the Padres residence. First, Suarez threw Grisham out on a bunt try earlier than forcing Austin Nola to fly out on a first-pitch curveball.