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Phillies upset Braves in NLDS once more; Nick Castellanos makes MLB historical past

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100 and 4 wins within the common season imply nothing for the Atlanta Braves.

For the second yr in a row, the Philadelphia Phillies took down their NL East rivals within the NLDS, profitable the sequence in 4 video games after beating the Braves on Thursday, 3-1.

The Phillies completed 14.0 video games again of the Braves, who gained the division simply. At one level, Atlanta led it by 17.0 video games. However for them, it is all out the window, regardless of their common season document being the most effective within the majors.

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Nick Castellanos #8 of the Philadelphia Phillies reacts after hitting a house run within the sixth inning in opposition to the Atlanta Braves throughout Recreation 4 of the Division Sequence at Residents Financial institution Park on October 12, 2023 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (Tim Nwachukwu/Getty Photos)

Austin Riley and Nick Castellanos exchanged solo residence runs within the fourth inning, however with the sport tied at one, Trea Turner reminded everybody why he obtained $300 million within the offseason with a solo shot of his personal, giving the Phillies a 2-1 lead.

Ranger Suarez tossed 5 innings of one-run ball earlier than Rob Thomson went to the bullpen to face the highest of the Braves’ order. Seranthony Dominguez obtained the primary two batters out, however after Riley singled to carry up 54-homer-hitter Matt Olson, Thomson introduced in Jose Alvarado for the lefty-lefty matchup, and Olson flied out to finish the risk.

Within the backside of the sixth, Castellanos went deep once more, making it a two-run Phils lead and knocking Spencer Strider out of the sport. He grew to become the primary individual in MLB historical past to a number of residence runs in back-to-back video games in postseason historical past.

Phillies celebrate home run

Nick Castellanos #8 and Trea Turner #7 of the Philadelphia Phillies have fun after Turner hit a house run within the fifth inning in opposition to the Atlanta Braves throughout Recreation 4 of the Division Sequence at Residents Financial institution Park on October 12, 2023 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (Tim Nwachukwu/Getty Photos)

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Within the high of the seventh, the lead run got here to the plate, which pressured Thomson to go together with former Courageous Craig Kimbrel sooner than he in all probability would’ve like. However he walked Travis d’Arnaud, citing the possible NL MVP in Ronald Acuña Jr. with the bases loaded. Acuña gave one a journey, however Miguel Rojas made a leaping catch on the warning observe to get the Phillies out of the jam.

Gregory Soto, going for the four-out save, put the 2 first Braves on to steer off the ninth, and runners had been on the corners with none out. So, Thomson went again to his bullpen to herald Matt Strahm, and with ease, he retired all three batters he confronted, leaving Acuña on deck to finish the sport. Strahm had simply two saves throughout the common season – after all, he will get one within the greatest sport of his life.

Turner was a triple away from the cycle in his four-hit night time, and he is hitting .500 on this postseason. Acuña went 0-for-4 and hit simply .143 within the 4 video games. Philly relievers mixed for 4.0 innings of scoreless reduction.

Atlanta had among the best offenses, actually, ever. Their 307 residence runs and .501 slugging share had been essentially the most ever in a season, and so they led the majors in nearly each offensive class, together with their 5.85 runs per sport. On this sequence, they scored simply eight, or two per sport.

The Houston Astros are the one division winners to be taking part in within the League Championship Sequence this yr.

Nick Castellanos bat flip

Nick Castellanos #8 of the Philadelphia Phillies tosses his bat after hitting a house run within the sixth inning in opposition to the Atlanta Braves throughout Recreation 4 of the Division Sequence at Residents Financial institution Park on October 12, 2023 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.  (Tim Nwachukwu/Getty Photos)

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The Phillies will face the Arizona Diamondbacks, who’re of their first NLCS since 2007 – that sequence, between the 5 and 6 seeds within the NL, respectively, begins Monday in Philadelphia.

If the Phillies win that sequence, will probably be the primary time they’ll have gained back-to-back pennants since 2008 and 2009.

Oh, and groups to out-homer their opponents this postseason are 14-1. So, hit residence runs.

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