The Philadelphia Phillies have taken a 2-1 lead in the NLCS following their 4-2 Game 3 win over the San Diego Padres.
The NLCS started off in San Diego, with both the Padres and Philadelphia Phillies taking a game each. Now, the next three games of the series is scheduled in Philadelphia, and the Phillies looked to clinch the NL pennant on their home field for the first time since 2009. They are now that much closer to reaching that goal.
On Friday night, the Phillies defeated the Padres 4-2 to take a 2-1 lead in the NLCS.
Phillies fans were understandably excited after watching the team get two wins closer to reaching the World Series for the first time in 13 years.
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Game 3 could not have gotten off to a better start for Philadelphia. In the team’s very first at-bat, outfielder Kyle Schwarber sent a home run deep into the right field stands to give the team an early 1-0 lead. Seriously, could not get off to a better start than that.
The Padres would tie things up in the top of the fourth inning after Jake Cronenworth reached home on a fielders choice. But in the bottom of the frame, Philadelphia took a 3-1 lead on a two-run single by Jean Segura. It was a moment that had “Top Gun: Maverick” and Phillies super fan Miles Teller hyped.
San Diego cut their deficit to one run after Trent Grisham scored at home on a groundout by Ha-Seong Kim.
The Phillies escaped a dangerous situation in the top of the sixth inning with runners on first and third with one out remaining. But pitcher Zach Elfin was able to get pinch hitter Josh Bell to ground into a double play to end the inning. In the bottom of the inning, the Phillies rebuilt their lead to two runs on an RBI double by Alec Bohm.
Philadelphia was able to close things out with a six-out save by reliever Seranthony Dominguez.
Game 4 of the NLCS takes place on Saturday, Oct. 22 at 7:45 p.m. ET.