The Philadelphia Phillies defeated the Atlanta Braves 7-2 on Saturday to eliminate the defending World Champions and advance to the National League Championship Series. The Phillies will play the winner of the Los Angeles Dodgers – San Diego Padres series.
It marks the Phillies first NLCS appearance since 2010.
Brandon Marsh sent the Citizens Bank Park crowd into a frenzy with a huge 3-run home run in the bottom of the second to give the Phillies an early 3-0 lead.
The Braves cut the Phillies lead by a run on a solo homer by Orlando Arcia off of Phillies starter Noah Syndergaard. But the Fightin’s wouldn’t be deterred.
J.T. Realmuto gave the Phillies a 4-2 lead on an incredible inside-the-park homer run. Little League style!
The Braves added another solo home run, this one by Matt Olson off of Andrew Bellatti, in the 4th to cut the Phils lead to 4-2.
As has been the case all series, the Phillies picked an inning to take advantage with two out.
The Phils scored 3-runs in the 6th inning on RBI singles from Rhys Hoskins, Realmuto, and Bryce Harper to extend the lead to 7-2.
The Braves got one back in the 7th on a solo home run by Travis d’Arnaud off of Jose Alverado. But it was too little, too late for the defending World Champions.
Zach Eflin went 1.1 IP and struck out three shutting down the Atlanta offense.
Harper would give the Phillies an insurance run with a solo home run in the 8th to make it 8-3.
Seranthony Dominguez shut the door on the Braves in the 9th, striking out the side in order to send the Phillies to the NLCS.
Now the Phillies will wait for the winner of the Dodgers-Padres series, the Father’s lead 2-1 heading into tonight’s Game 4.
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