The Phillies worked their way to a win in Game 1 of the NLCS on Tuesday and now the Padres will look to level the series in Game 2 on Wednesday before the series moves to Philadelphia.
Bryce Harper and Kyle Schwarber are each hitting monster home runs for Philly in Game 1, and they’ll be looking to take a 2-0 lead in the series with Aaron Nola at the mound. Meanwhile, the Padres will carry Blake Snell out.
Game 1 of the ALCS between the Yankees and Astros is also underway. The two ball clubs meet for the third time in six seasons with the American League pennant.
Justin Verlander is on the rise for the Astros, while the Yankees will start Jameson Taillon a day after their ALDS win over the Guardians.
Here are the Phillies-Padres’ top tunes:
support your pitcher
Snell got early support from his defense in the front of the first.
Phillies stay hot
After singles from Bryce Harper and Nick Castellanos topped the second, a single from Alec Bohm Harper scored to put Philly 1-0 up.
After Snell beat Jean Segura, a fly ball from Matt Vierling caught in the sun, causing Juan Soto to drop it. Castellanos scored to make it 2-0 for Philly.
A bumpy start to the day
Another single – this time by Edmundo Sosa – scored Bohm and gave the Phillies a 3-0 lead in the top of the second.
In Philly’s next at-bat, Schwarber landed first, but it was enough to hit four of a kind and give PHI a 4-0 lead.
Two home runs are better than one
After one hell of a top-of-the-second for the Padres, San Diego held off, courtesy of Brandon Drury and Josh Bell.
Philly’s lead was cut to 4-2.
No brotherly love
Little brother Aaron Nola brought out the best in big brother Austin Nola in this brothers’ first-ever fight.
Manny is heated
Manny Machado was upset by a call from the home plate umpire during his at-bat in the third inning, resulting in a strikeout. Early on in the swing, Machado almost hit a solo home run, but the ball drifted foul
Not the Starbucks!
Manny Machado’s foul ball came so close to knocking out MLB on FOX analyst John Smoltz’s coffee.
revenge of the brother
After his little brother got the best of him in his first at-bat, Austin Nola took a hit on Aaron Nola in their second matchup. In the end it was a big one too. Nola’s single in right field was scored by Ha-Seong Kim from the start to cut the Phillies’ lead to 4-3.
The moment put Father Nola in a difficult position.
The Padres climbed back from a 4-0 hole to tie the game in the fifth inning when Juan Soto doubled down the right field line to score third-place Austin Nola. Aaron Nola’s day ended a beat later after beating Manny Machado for a second time.
Padres take the lead
Brandon Drury stepped into the clutch again for San Diego, hitting a single down center to score two runners with loaded bases. The base hit gave the Padres a 6-4 lead in the fifth inning.
After hitting consecutive home runs in the second inning, Brandon Drury and Josh Bell hit consecutive RBI singles in the fifth. After Drury’s two-run knock that gave the Padres the lead, Bell extended it with a hit to the right.
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