The Philadelphia Phillies, who hit three home runs, succeeded in dominating the NLCS.
Philadelphia defeated the Arizona Diamondbacks 5-3 in the first game of the 2023 American Professional Baseball Major League National League Championship Series (NLCS) held at Citizens Bank Park in Philadelphia, USA on the 17th (Korean time).메이저놀이터
As a result, Philadelphia, who took the lead in the NLCS with 4 wins out of 7, continued the good momentum of winning the wild card series and took an advantageous position.
The batting line that led to the victory in the previous series exploded once again. Center hitter Bryce Harper celebrated his birthday with a great performance, going 2 hits in 3 at-bats, including a home run, 2 runs, 2 RBI, and 1 walk. In addition, Philadelphia put on a firepower show with three home runs, with Kyle Schwarber and Nick Castellanos each hitting solo home runs.
Philadelphia’s ace Jack Wheeler also became the winning pitcher after pitching 6 innings, allowing 3 hits (1 home run), striking out 8, and allowing 2 runs. Guo Jae-jin, who came out after Wheeler, allowed only one additional run over three innings and preserved the victory.
From the bottom of the first inning, Philadelphia took the lead with four home runs. Leadoff hitter Kyle Schwarber hit the first pitch, a 92 mph (148.1 km) four-seam fastball driven into the center by Arizona’s Jack Gallen, and made a solo arch that went over the right wall. It was such a large arch that you could feel it was a home run the moment it was hit, with an exit speed of 188.6km.
Philadelphia’s firepower show didn’t end there. Harper, who came to bat with one out, also targeted Gallen’s first pitch, a four-seam fastball with a distance of 93.3 miles (150 km), and once again hit a superior solo home run. This time, the hit was strong enough that you could tell it was a home run, and it flew over the right wall.
Leading 2-0 in the bottom of the third inning, Philadelphia scored an extra point with a home run. At the end of the third inning, Castellanos hit a three-pitch four-seam fastball (150km) from Galen’s outside course and went over the right fence. Philadelphia, which completely took the lead, ran away with a 4-0 lead in the third inning when Harper hit a timely hit to right with one out and two on second base.
Then, in the 5th inning, with 2 outs and runners on second base, JT Realmuto’s timely hit to left added another run, widening the lead to 5-0.
Arizona also counterattacked in the top of the 6th inning after being completely dragged down. After Evan Longoria’s hit, Gerardo Perdomo attacked Wheeler’s four-seam fastball and started the chase with a superior two-run gun. Then, in the 7th inning, with one out, runners on 1st and 3rd base, Alec Thomas’ sacrifice fly to right field scored one more point and trailed to 3-5.
However, they were unable to further attack the Philadelphia bullpen, which started operating in the 7th inning. Jose Alvarado came to the plate in the 7th inning with 2 outs and runners on first base, and lasted 1.1 innings until the 8th inning, allowing only 1 hit and no runs.
Then, closing pitcher Craig Kimbrel, who appeared in the top of the 8th inning, gave up only 1 walk and 1 strikeout in 1 inning, earning a scoreless save and putting the game on hold