Phillies Dominate Diamondbacks In Game 2, Secure 2–0 Lead In NL Championship Series

Photo: Instagram/Kyle Schwarber

In an electrifying Game 2 of the NL Championship Series, the Philadelphia Phillies showcased their prowess by dismantling the Arizona Diamondbacks with a resounding 10–0 victory.

Kyle Schwarber was the star of the evening, belting two of Philadelphia's three solo home runs off Merrill Kelly. Trea Turner also made a significant impact with a home run, and J.T. Realmuto contributed with two hits and three RBIs.

The Phillies now stand at an impressive 7–1 record in the playoffs, moving one step closer to a consecutive World Series appearance. Aaron Nola played a pivotal role, delivering a masterful performance with three-hit ball and seven strikeouts over six innings.

Photo: Instagram/Kyle Schwarber

The raucous atmosphere at Citizens Bank Park reached new heights as fans passionately cheered for their team, creating an environment reminiscent of an "AC/DC concert." Kelly, who had previously downplayed the fans' intensity, was relentlessly booed from pregame introductions to his departure from the mound.

As Turner's four-seam fastball sailed into left-center field for a 1-0 lead in the first inning, the crowd erupted with fervor. Phillies fans have registered decibel levels as high as 112, emphasizing their unwavering support for the team.

The Phillies have been on a home run spree, hitting their 14th and 15th homers in the last four games. However, it's their pitching, led by the impressive Aaron Nola, that continues to be the ultimate decider. Nola, who will enter free agency after the World Series, has been a dominant force, winning all three postseason starts with an astonishing 0.96 ERA.

Philadelphia's defensive prowess also shone brightly, with Bryce Harper and Alec Bohm making remarkable plays to keep the Diamondbacks at bay. The Phillies didn't let up, and when Kelly was removed for Joe Mantiply in the sixth, they seized the opportunity to extend their lead. Bryson Stott and Realmuto's two-run double were instrumental, along with Brandon Marsh's RBI double, creating an insurmountable 6–0 lead.

With such a commanding performance in Game 2, the Phillies are not only on the brink of securing a place in the World Series but also proving that they are a force to be reckoned with in this postseason. Phillies fans and the entire baseball world are eagerly anticipating Game 3, scheduled for Thursday at Chase Field. Additionally, it's worth noting that the Texas Rangers are also holding a 2–0 lead over the Houston Astros in the ALCS, setting the stage for an exciting postseason showdown.

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Source: Sports Illustrated


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