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Phillies vs Padres score, takeaways: Philadelphia takes NLCS Game 3 behind Jean Segura, Seranthony Domínguez

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The Philadelphia Phillies regained the series lead in the NLCS against the San Diego Padres, winning 4-2 on Friday night in their first NLCS game at Citizens Bank Park since October 23, 2010. Park won the Phillies from start to finish with a fun game.

Having saved six-and-a-half from the closer Serantony Domínguez, the Phillies now take a 2-1 lead in their best-of-seven National League Championship Series.

Let’s get it working.

Schwarber escaped with the bomb

It didn’t take long for the Phillies to ascend to the throne. Leading man Kyle Schwarber took care of that.

Schwarber had a brutal first two rounds of the playoffs, but landed a 488-foot monster kick in Game 1 and now that puts the Phillies 1-0 up. Schwarber, after Jimmy Rollins who did it three times (who else?)Via ESPN Statistics and Information). He had seven leading games during the regular season, making it his 11th playoff game in his 137th innings.

Jean Segura gets on the Game 3 roller coaster

Some extreme good and bad for Phillies second baseman Jean Segura, who a few weeks ago played the most regular season games in his career and never made a playoff game.

Much has been made of the Phillies being the worst defensive team to stay in the playoffs – and that’s going back two rounds – and biting them at the start of the fourth. The Padres had first and third runners-ups after a one-shot fielder from Brandon Drury swept through the right flank. The Phillies were up 1-0 at the time, so they took the corners in and were ready to throw home in a ground. The middle is back, playing for the doubles game. Phillies starting player Ranger Suárez did his job and briefly laid the groundwork for Bryson Stott. They had a double shot and it was a good shot, but Segura dropped the ball in second place. We can’t be sure the double game is back, but we never got a chance to find out.


In the lower half of the half, Segura came in with the second and third runners in a 1-1 draw. With two hits, Joe Musgrove battled the breaking ball and punched right center to take home two runs. It was an impressive hit to fly him out to make contact and make two runs.

bad again

He was then selected to finish the shot. Thanks to Segura nailing it in the first place and Nick Castellanos getting a double play after a Bryce Harper single, the Phillies went 5 to 4 at the end of the fourth and recorded two points. It’s definitely not a bad hit, but apparently they should have continued after 4 to 5, right?

fine, again

Then Segura put on a great defensive play to finish off the top of the seventh inning with a Padres runner, the second dive stop of the night. It was quite a bumpy night for the veteran who was a playoff rookie.

Perhaps this sums up Segura’s night best.

Suárez was slightly better than Musgrove

With no days off in the series, the last thing both managers had to deal with was a starting pitcher who couldn’t get his team out of early innings.

Ranger Suárez was on duty for the Phillies. Ha-seong started the game by setting Kim and Juan Soto on fire with kicks. It would end after five innings, and he only needed 68 pitchers to do so. Therefore, Game 7 would have been fresher. He only allowed two runs in two innings, but was only able to win one run as his defense was of poor quality behind him and made two mistakes.

Musgrove was a bit of a mixed bag.

He started the opposite of Suárez, dropping the first bomb on Schwarber and then walking two straight before putting Bryce Harper in a double play. He settled down after that, getting stronger as the game progressed. He had trouble in the fourth and can’t blame the defence. Just got shot. Credit Segura is on both hits we discussed above.

Musgrove then shot him from the side in fifth. He also took two points to start sixth, but then Nick Castellanos and Alec Bohm hit back-to-back doubles and gave the Phillies a 4-2 lead. Juan Soto doubled Bohm’s hit, but that didn’t matter in the end as Bohm wouldn’t score.

Last line of Musgrove: 5.2 IP, 8 H, 4 ER, 2 BB, 5 K

You should give credit to both beginners for shooting well enough to avoid taxing the bulls. Suárez was definitely the better of the two.

Phillies bullpen was the star

Even if Suárez was throwing well, the Phillies needed some big work from their often-malicious bullpen. Zach Eflin was a pointless sixth and despite giving up two innings, manager Rob Thomson stated on the air that the only thing he did correctly was to get the ground ball. Only two of them became hits.

From there, Thomson gave it to his two best aides. José Alvarado took two hits on his debut and came back for eighth, but gave up a pre-release single to Juan Soto. It should be noted that the ball wasn’t well hit, but let’s give Soto credit for tackling the only left-shift hit on a two-hit field. Thomson then returned to Seranthony Domínguez with six starts.

The only Phillies pitcher to record a six-playoff save before was Tug McGraw. He did this once in the 1980 NLCS and then twice in the World Series, the last time being Game 6, exactly 42 years ago.

Domínguez hit Manny Machado to set the tone. He got out of the eighth car uninjured. Josh Bell took the ninth lead, bringing the draw run to the plate, but one hit (Jurickson called for a control swing that Profar didn’t care about) was rushed out and the threat of strikes was over.

There is heavy lifting from Domínguez and he may not be suitable for Game 4. Alvarado also fired 27 shots, but ultimately the Phillies had to hold that lead and they did. Well directed game by Thomson and good work of Phillies big helping guns to bring home.

Padres bullring rested

One thing to file for Game 4, however, is that Padres aides Tim Hill and Pierce Johnson ended the game without letting the Phillies run anymore. This kept their teams in the game, but more importantly, advancing allowed manager Bob Melvin to avoid using the likes of Nick Martinez, Luis García, and most importantly Robert Suarez and more recently Josh Hader (he’s back to his old self). .

What’s next?

We’ll do it again for Game 4 on Saturday night. This time around it will be 7:45 pm ET, and certainly that extra eight minutes of rest will be crucial for the two fighters after the 7:37 kick off on Friday.

Seriously though, it goes without saying that we’re in the main zone here in the series. A Phillies win means we’re up 3-1 in the series and just steps away from the World Series, while a Padres win means we’re heading into Game 5 with a very real chance for a series split and an epic seven-player.

The Padres will launch Mike Clevinger. It’s a clear step back from the Padres’ two best right-handers in Yu Darvish and Joe Musgrove, but he can be skilled and dominant. That wasn’t the case in Game 1 of the NLDS, when he allowed five runs in 2 2/3 innings against the Dodgers. When he faced the Phillies once this season, he worked five goalless hits on May 17.

The Phillies side will be left-handed Bailey Falter, who hasn’t played since the regular season. Starting Game 4 of the NLDS, Noah Syndergaard can be used behind Falter.