Philadelphia Phillies beat the Atlanta Braves 8-3, move on to NLCS

PHILADELPHIA– Brandon Marsh hit a three-run home run and JT Realmuto lined an inside-the-park home run that sent the Philadelphia Phillies headlong into the NL Championship Series for the first time since 2010 with an 8-3 win over the Atlanta Braves in Game sent 4 Saturday.

Realmuto became the first catcher to hit an inside-the-parker in postseason history, and Bryce Harper underscored the romp with a crucial home run that helped the Phillies lead the NL Division Series 3-1 against the World Series champ brave to win.

The Phillies will face either San Diego or the Los Angeles Dodgers in the NLCS. The Padres led 2-1 over the Dodgers in Game 4 of the NLDS matchup on Saturday night.

Atlanta’s defeat meant that Major League Baseball had not had a repeat champion since the New York Yankees won three straight games from 1998-2000.

Philadelphia finished third in the NL East, 14 games behind the Braves with 101 wins this season, but now he’s hitting all cylinders under coach Rob Thomson. He took over for the fired Joe Girardi and transformed a team that was 22-29 in early June.

And the Phillies used a dose of Marsh Madness to keep the party going in October.

Heck, call it mash madness as the Phillies turned Citizens Bank Park into a cozy home bandbox for the second game in a row – and with another enthusiastic, towel-waving crowd for every long ball.

After Rhys Hoskins spiked his bat on a three-run shot in a Game 3 win, it was Marsh’s turn in the second inning to hammer his own three-run homer in Game 4.

Braves starter Charlie Morton was hit in his pitching elbow by Alec Bohm’s single, who was going at 71.9 mph, to start the inning. After being checked, Morton allowed a single to Jean Segura and hung up a 2-2 curveball that No. 9 batsman Marsh shot deep in the right field seats for a 3-0 lead.

Marsh, 24, is as well known for his straggly hair and ZZ Top-style beard as he is for being one of the Phillies’ brightest young players. Marsh, who also doubled in fourth place, was acquired from the Los Angeles Angels in August just before the close of trading that season. Phillies President Dave Dombrowski struck another deadline deal with the Angels, earning them Game 4 starter Noah Syndergaard, also known for his long locks.

Hey, it’ll be easy for the Phillies to relax and celebrate.

Reliver Brad Hand was one of six pitchers from Philadelphia and clinched the win.

Syndergaard, who was pushed out of the rotation at the end of the season, wasn’t asked by Thomson to do much other than keep the Phillies in the game. Perhaps you can walk around the order unscathed. Syndergaard provided a brief recap of his stellar “Thor” days with the New York Mets with three strikeouts in three innings.

Orlando Arcia hit a shot to make it 3-1 in the third solo.

Realmuto then made his way into postseason history.

He tied to lead the third inning against reliever Collin McHugh. The ball hit the angled part of the wall just outside of midfielder Michael Harris II’s reach, and the carom rolled down the warning lane toward right center. Standing at right field and watching the game, Ronald Acuña Jr. only ran for the ball when Realmuto was well past first base. Realmuto, running extremely well for a catcher, slid headlong into the plate well ahead of the relay.

With that, chaos reigned in the park as a sold-out crowd of 45,660 spectators cheered madly and all senses tingled that there would be no Game 5.

nope Only Game 3 of the NLCS back in Philly on Friday.

Harper hit a solo homer in eighth place, the second of the series for the reigning NL MVP.

It seemed fitting that the trio of Phillies batsmen who form the heart of the franchise put the game down in the sixth. Hoskins-Realmuto-Harper all had RBI singles making it 7-2 and a series clinch was just a formality.

The Phillies brought in 2008 World Series champion Pat Burrell to throw the first pitch after his ’08 teammate Shane Victorino did the same before Game 3 from 2007 to 2011, until the franchise faced so many dry years without hope was charged. You no longer need to think of Burrell, Victorino and other members of this run as the only reminders of postseason stars — Harper, Hoskins, Realmuto, Marsh have carved their own October marks, with at least one more series ahead of them.


Morton went out to the mound early in the third inning but couldn’t break away. He was replaced by McHugh. Morton went 5-0 with a .73 ERA in five career elimination games and four starts.


Matt Olson and Travis d’Arnaud hit solo home runs for the Braves.


Phillies RHP David Robertson was hoping to return to the NLCS roster. The helper injured his right calf while jumping in celebration of Bryce Harper’s home run in her wildcard win in St. Louis. The 37-year-old had a resurgent season with the Cubs and Phillies, going 4-3 with a 2.40 ERA, including a 2.70 ERA in 22 appearances after a midseason trade. Robertson called the injury “embarrassing.”


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