The Phillies take 3 games behind Schwarber, Segura and lots of clutch bullpen work.

The Phillies spent $79 million to bring Kyle Schwarber to Philadelphia. Because he believed his power bat would work well in the lineup and his postseason experience would be the clubhouse’s compass to help him find his way into October. With the 45,279 towel-shaking craze that shook Civic Bank Park, Schwarber stepped into the bat on the bottom of the first inning Friday night and drove Joe Musgrove’s full-count cutter into right field. Schwarber’s 11th postseason home run gave the Phillies an early lead and created an emotional atmosphere as the Phillies won 4-2 in Game 3 of the National League Championship Series over the San Diego Padres. The Phillies are leading 2 games to 1 in their best-of-seven series, ahead of Game 4 on Saturday night in South Philadelphia. While Schwarber started the Phillies early, there were other stars. Jean Segura was a big guy. He hit a huge two-run run on the 1-2 slider that tied Musgrove’s 1-2 slider in the bottom of the fourth and drove the Phils 3-2. Segura showed three excellent defensive plays at second base, making up for an error in four innings. One of those plays was Diving Jewels finishing the top of the 7th inning with a man behind relief pitcher Jose Alvarado. Three of the Phillies’ four runs were two outs. In addition to Segura’s hit in the fourth inning (right fielder Pocky reminiscent of a clutch hit in the ninth inning of Game 1 of the St. Louis National League Wildcard Series), the Phils took a comeback victory. Nick Castellanos and Alec Bohm’s back double goes up to 2 outs in the 6th. 4-2. The Phillies starter, Ranger Suarez, pitched well, but was sent off with a 3-2 lead in five innings. The two runs he gave up due to poor defense (and poor defensive shifts) could easily lead to a 3-0 lead. Suarez allowed only two hits, one on a shift, and threw 68 pitches before manager Rob Thompson went to the bullpen. At the time, Thompson’s decision to get rid of Suarez was somewhat of a headache. At first there was speculation that Suarez may have deformed his hamstrings, but on the television broadcast, Thompson said he had not pitched Suarez for nine days and removed Suarez because the Padres’ lineup was set to see him for the third time. This is no longer a Jack Morris game. With dangerous right-handed hitters Manny Machado and Brandon Drury scheduled, Thomson went to Zach Eflin in the sixth inning, while the right-handed pitcher survived a pair of singles and pitched scoreless innings to maintain a one-point lead. Eflin was greatly aided by the defense as Segura and Bryson Stott teamed up to close the frame by turning a clutch 4-6-3 double play to pinch hitter Josh Bell. The double play sent extra electricity through huge crowds, and at the end of the inning the Phils added a run to the lead in a two-out double from Castellanos and Bohm in a row. That hit kicked Musgrove out of the game. Thomson was instrumental in breaking the Phillies’ 10-year postseason drought. This was the club that was heading to a dead end when he took over Joe Girardi on 3 June. A lot of Thomson’s moves over the past five months have paid off and his decision to go to the bullpen earlier this season has certainly turned out to be the following: victor. Nevertheless, Thompson’s decision to lift Suarez after five innings meant the bullpen had to pick up four innings, which is not ideal considering the Phillies will lean on that unit to get through Game 4 on Saturday night. . Bailey Fallter starts the game. The Phils want to see a series of relievers make it through Padres’ lineup once (9 outs) before attempting the next 18 outs. The Phils used this strategy in their NLDS clincher against Atlanta and it worked great as the six pitchers struck out 15 and had no walks. Eflin and Alvarado joined for six outs in Friday night’s win. Eflin threw 17 pitches and Alvarado threw 27 pitches. At this time of the year, both should be available on a Saturday. Whether or not Seranthony Dominguez can be used remains to be seen. He threw 34 pitches to get the last 6 outs of the game. But it was worth it. He got the save, the Phillies got the win and now they have two wins left in the World Series. Subscribe to Phillies Talk: Apple Podcasts | Google Play | Spotify | stitcher | Art 19 | watch on youtube
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