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Phillies Advance to NLCS with Win Over the Braves

The Philadelphia Phillies have defeated the Braves for the second year in a row. They will head to the NLCS with a chance of going to back-to-back World Series. 

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Like last night, they did it with the long ball and fantastic pitching. 

It started in the 4th. Austin Riley hit a homer in the top half of the inning. Nick Castellanos would answer right back with his 3rd home run in two games in the bottom half. 

Then, in the 5th inning, it was Trae Turner’s turn to go deep. He hit his second in two days to put the Phillies up 2-1. 

Then, in the 6th inning, Castellanos went long again. He hit a no-doubter to left field for his second homer of the game, his fourth in two games. He became the first-ever player to have back-to-back multi-home run games in the postseason. 

The pitching for the Phillies was fantastic. Ranger Suarez went five innings, with his only mistake being that homer to Austin Riley. The bullpen came in and pitched four 2-hit innings, 

However, there was a big jam that nearly was the turning point of this game. Jose Alvarado came back in the 7th inning. He walked Kevin Pillar and Orlando Arcia. The Phillies then turned to Craig Kimbrel, who immediately walked the 9-batter in Travis d’Arnaud. That brought up Ronald Acuna Jr. down two with the bases loaded. Acuna smacked a ball into center field, where Johan Rojas made a leaping catch to end the inning. 

That wasn’t the last jam for the Phillies. They brought out Gregory Soto for the ninth, who walked Marcell Ozuna and allowed Sean Murphy to single him to third. Rob Thompson once again turned to his bullpen and brought in Matt Strahm. He got Pillar to pop out, Eddie Rosario to fly out, and then struck out Vaughn Grissom to end the game. 

The Phillies will receive home-field advantage in the NLCS, which is massive because Citizens Bank Park is the hardest ballpark to win in October. The Phillies are 10-2 at CBP in the postseason these past two years. The only losses were Games 3 and 4 of the World Series to the Astros. 

The Diamondbacks will face them starting next week. The first game is on Monday at 5:07 p.m. PT. 

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