December 1, 2022

Brandon Marsh, JD Realmudo help Phils split Braves, reach NLCS

PHILADELPHIA — The Philadelphia Phillies had a weekend full of viral highlights as they defeated the Atlanta Braves 8-3 in Game 4 of the NL Division Series on Saturday to advance to the National League Championship Series for the first time since 2010.

The hit included three runs by the center fielder Brandon Marsh In the second innings, inside the park run by the catcher JD Realmudo Third-and-opposite-field shot Bryce Harbor Eighth. The Phillies outscored Atlanta 17-4 in Games 3 and 4.

“The last 24 hours shows what we’ve been through,” Marsh said after the win. “There’s a lot of good things going on at this ballclub. We just have to keep it going, keep our heads down and focus on the task at hand. It’s been a really fun last 24 hours.”

Hoskins’ home run and at-bat spike in Game 3 was a game-changing moment, but Realmuto’s base hit in Game 4 after hitting a ball over the center-field wall could be the series-defining one.

“I’m not usually a guy who shows a lot of emotion,” Realmudo said. “When I skated into the house, I couldn’t help it. I was so excited. Excited for this city. Excited for this team. It was one of those moments that I’ll always remember.”

Fans will remember when Realmudo took home third place. Players enthusiastically reported how the Philly faithful showed up for two home games after the team ended the season by three weeks. The long road trip also included a wild-card series win over the St. Louis Cardinals.

Watching the alumni come back and all of them from the ’80 and ’93 team talking about it, I think every night about what this city does, how they get behind you, how fierce and passionate they are. We’re looking at that,” Harper said. “It’s been a lot of fun for them to come out the last couple of days.”

Former Phillies outfielder Pat Burrell threw the first pitch Saturday, a day after former teammate Shane Victorino did the same.

Meanwhile, Harper advanced to his first major league championship since signing with the Phillies before the 2019 season. The team added sluggers Kyle Schwarber And Nick Castellanos Earlier this season but off to a slow start, it led to a managerial change. Bench coach Rob Thompson took over and things began to turn around.

“We had our ups and downs during the season like any club,” Thompson said. “But they knew at some point they were going to come out of it and start winning again. And we did.

“Sometimes you have to reset them a little bit, whether you take them out of a certain role or give them a day off or whatever it is.

The Phillies scored 24 runs in the four game series despite being shut out in Game 2.

Marsh’s homer left the Braves starter Charlie MortonMoments later, a line drive off the bat of the senior right-hander was elbowed. Alec Baum.

Morton eventually left the game, continuing a trend of subpar performances from Atlanta starters. Both Maximum fried And Spencer Strider There were bad trips too.

While the Braves were trying to figure things out on the mound, the Phillies took advantage.

“It’s really cool to have everyone in the room come together with that one common goal,” left fielder Kyle Schwarber said.

Schwarber said he signed with Philadelphia for one reason: He knew the club had a chance to win. Castellanos echoed the same sentiments — Harper, who went 8-for-16 in the series.

“I think the goal is always to get to where we are now,” Harper said. “But we have to get more than that. This is the second step in what we’ve gone through. One is the wild card. This is step two and [now] We have two more.”

The Phillies rotation should be set up nicely for the NLCS starting Tuesday. Both Zack Wheeler And Aaron Nola Allow complete rest before soiling again.

“We still have a long road ahead of us, but let’s soak it up today,” Nola said. “The team played well in this series.”

Philadelphia could get a boost from its bullpen closer David Robertson He claims to be almost recovered from a calf injury sustained while celebrating in the wild-card series.

Entering baseball’s Final Four, the Phillies are healthy and confident.

“The nice thing about all of this is, unless you’re here every day, nobody knows what this team has been through,” Schwarber said. “To see this whole team together, it gives me goose bumps.”