The Philadelphia Phillies haven’t played in the World Series since 2009. After 13 years, they’re one win away from making it back.
On Saturday, the Phillies shrugged off a four-run first-inning deficit, using the long ball to stun the Padres in Game 4 of the NLCS, 10-6.
With the victory, the Phillies take a 3-1 advantage in the best-of-seven series with a chance to close things out Sunday with ace Zack Wheeler on the mound.
Things looked grim for the Phillies early on as the Padres chased starter Baily Falter before he could get out of the game’s opening inning.
After recording two outs in the first, Falter fell apart quickly. Following a solo home run by Manny Machado to open the scoring, Brandon Drury hit a two-run double two batters later to put San Diego up 3-0 in the blink of an eye.
Connor Brogdon entered the game in relief of Falter. Still, he didn’t fare much better, immediately giving up an RBI single to Ha-Seong Kim, increasing the Friars’ lead to 4-0.
The resilient Phillies battled back in the bottom half of the first. After a lead-off single by Kyle Schwarber, Rhys Hoskins smashed a two-run home run off Padres’ starter Mike Clevinger to put the Phillies on the board.
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