Phillies eliminate defending champions Braves in Game 4, advance in NLCS

PHILADELPHIA (AP) – Brandon Marsh scored a three-point homer and JT Realmuto hit a home run inside the park that sent the Philadelphia Phillies rushing headlong into the NL Championship Series for the first time since 2010 with a win for 8-3 the Atlanta Braves in Game 4 on Saturday.

Realmuto became the first receiver to hit an inside-the-parker in post-season history and Bryce Harper punctuated the game with a decisive home run that helped the Phillies win the NL Division Series 3-1 against the World Champion Series Braves.

We’ve had ups and downs throughout the season, just like any other club does. But they knew that at some point they would come out and start winning again, “said Phillies manager Rob Thomson.” And we did. ”

The Phillies will face San Diego or the Los Angeles Dodgers in the NLCS. The Padres held a 2-1 lead over the Dodgers who entered Game 4 of the NLDS match on Saturday night.

Losing Atlanta meant Major League Baseball hasn’t had a repeat champion since the New York Yankees won three in a row from 1998-2000.

“As I told them, the goal when we leave spring training is to win the division. Until you win the division, you don’t have the chance to do anything special because you never know what’s going to happen, you don’t know which team will warm up, what things have to go right for you to deepen the post-season “, Braves manager Brian Snitker said.

“And we went in. It didn’t happen for us this year,” he said.

Philadelphia finished third in the NL East, 14 games behind the Braves 101 wins this season, but is now hitting at all costs under Thomson. He took over from the fired Joe Girardi and turned a team that was 22-29.

“We just started off a bit slow and had a kind of spiral. And May was a really tough month. It was a really tough schedule, ”Thomson said.

“Then, when we got to June, the schedule eased a little bit and we started winning, and the guys started to trust and believe we could win and believe in it, OK, now this is the team we thought we were going to. to be. And it just kept going, “she said.

And the Phillies used a dose of Marsh Madness to keep the party alive in October.

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Heck, call it Mash Madness, as the Phillies turned Citizens Bank Park into cozy home music for the second straight game – and with another heated crowd waving towels for each long ball.

After Rhys Hoskins hit his bat on a three-run shot in a Game 3 win, it was Marsh’s turn in the second inning to beat his three-run homer in Game 4.

Braves owner Charlie Morton was hit in the elbow thrown by Alec Bohm’s single traveling at 71.9 mph to lead the innings. After being checked, Morton conceded a single to Jean Segura and hung a 2-2 curveball that number 9 hitter Marsh threw deep into the right court seats for a 3-0 lead.

24-year-old Marsh is known as much for his wiry hair and ZZ Top beard as he is for being one of the Phillies’ best young players. Marsh, who also doubled in the fourth, was acquired by the Los Angeles Angels in August just before this season’s commercial deadline. Phillies president Dave Dombrowski signed another expiration deal with the Angels that brought them game 4 owner Noah Syndergaard, also known for his long locks.

Hey, it’s going to be easy for the Phillies to let go and celebrate.

Rescuer Brad Hand was one of six Philadelphia pitchers and took the win.

From Syndergaard, barred from rotation at the end of the season, Thomson asked for nothing more than to keep the Phillies in the game. He maybe get through unscathed once around the order. Syndergaard delivered with three strikeouts in three innings in a brief return to his commanding days of “Thor” with the New York Mets.

Orlando Arcia hit a solo shot of him in the third for the 3-1.

Realmuto then made its way into post-season history.

He connected to start the third inning against reliever Collin McHugh. The ball hit the angled portion of the wall beyond the reach of center fielder Michael Harris II and the carom rolled down the warning trail to the right center. Ronald Acuña Jr. stayed in the right field watching the game and didn’t start running for the ball until Realmuto was well past first base. Realmuto, who runs very well for a receiver, slipped headlong into the pot, well before the relay.

That said, it was a real pitfall inside the park, as a sold-out crowd of 45,660 spectators cheered deliriously, every sense tingling that there would be no match 5.

No. Only NLCS Game 3 returns to Philadelphia on Friday.

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Harper scored a solo homer in the eighth, the second in the series for reigning NL MVP.

It seemed fitting that the Phillies slugger trio that forms the heart of the franchise put the game aside in the sixth. Hoskins-Realmuto-Harper all had RBI singles that made it 7-2 and a winning streak was a mere formality.

The Phillies took out 2008 World Series champion Pat Burrell to throw the first pitch after his 2008 teammate Shane Victorino did the same before Game 3.

The Phillies’ streak of five consecutive post-season appearances – which included the 2009 NL pennant and a 2010 NLCS defeat to San Francisco – ran from 2007 to 2011 until the franchise was burdened with so many dry years without hope.

They no longer have to look to Burrell, Victorino, and the other members of that race as the only post-season star memories: Harper, Hoskins, Realmuto, Marsh have marked their October marks, with at least one other series ahead.

MORTON OUTSIDE

Morton went out on the mound for the start of the third inning but couldn’t get free. He was replaced by McHugh. Morton entered 5-0 with an ERA of 0.73 in five career elimination games, four as a starter.

GOING DEEP

Matt Olson and Travis d’Arnaud hit solo homers for the Braves.

TRAINER’S ROOM

Phillies RHP David Robertson was hoping he could return to the roster for the NLCS. The rescuer injured his right calf while jumping to celebrate Bryce Harper’s home run in their wild card victory in St. Louis. The 37-year-old had a resurgent season with the Cubs and the Phillies, going 4-3 with an ERA of 2.40, including an ERA of 2.70 in 22 appearances after a mid-season exchange. Robertson called the injury “embarrassing”.

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