Phillies vs. Padres score: Bryce Harper sends Philly to first World Series since 2009 with game-winning home run – CBS Sports

Phillies vs. Padres score: Bryce Harper sends Philly to first World Series since 2009 with game-winning home run - CBS Sports

The Philadelphia Phillies are going to the World Series for the first time since 2009. The San Diego Padres tried to ruin the party in Philadelphia in Game 5, coming from behind to lead heading into the bottom of the eighth. And then Bryce Harper happened. The Phillies won Game 5, 4-3, on Harper’s two-run home run and they took the series, 4-1. They won the NL pennant for the first time in 13 years and will face either the Houston Astros or the New York Yankees in the World Series.

Let’s take a look at how Game 5 unfolded.

Harper stays hot, comes up with a clutch HR

Bryce Harper was on a major hot streak almost throughout the playoffs. He didn’t get a hit in Game 1 of the Wild Card Series, but he did draw a walk and scored in their ninth-inning comeback. He homered in his first at-bat of Game 2 and it was, as they say, on. Starting with Game 2 of the first round, Harper has at least one hit in every single game. He hit .444 with a .944 slugging percentage in his previous nine games before Game 5 on Sunday. He singled in his first at-bat, moving his final hitting streak to 10 games. This ties Lenny Dykstra (1993) for the franchise record (via Sarah Langs).

Oh, and Harper hit the biggest home run of his life in the bottom of the eighth inning. The Phillies were trailing 3-2 to start the inning. JT Realmuto singled and then Harper struck out against Padres reliever Robert Suarez. It was a battle. He fouled off two pitches with two strikes. And then, on a 2-2 count…

Just like that, the Phillies were back on top. It mentioned that Harper is earning every penny of his $330 million contract.

Hoskins went yard (again)

Rhys Hoskins hit a three-run home run in Game 3 of the NLDS and that was what really, firmly swung things in the Phillies’ direction for good in that series. He hit a two-run shot in the first inning of Game 4 of the NLCS on Saturday night, carving into the Padres’ early lead. Later in Game 4, he hit a two-run homer to tie the game.

On Sunday, he started the scoring with another two-run home run:

He now has eight hits in the playoffs and five of them have been home runs. He drove home 11 runs. The celebratory jump down the first base line is also worth bonus points. Well done, Rhys.

Soto is warming up… just a little too late

The game was in Philly after Hoskins’ home run, but Juan Soto hit a solo shot to make the Phillies sweat in the top of the fourth. It got the Padres on the board and forced the Phillies to operate with only a one-run lead and no cushion or margin for error. That ended up being important and we’ll get there in a second.

Here is the Soto bomb:

Soto also homered in Game 4. It was the first time he had gone deep in back-to-back games since hitting home runs in both ends of a doubleheader for the Nationals on July 13. It was the first time he had homered in back-to-back games days since July. 8-9.

Wheeler the merchant

Zack Wheeler got the win in Game 1 of that series after going seven scoreless innings and only allowing one hit. This time he was not so in control. He went six innings and gave up two runs on three hits while striking out eight. He didn’t take a single walk. That is, even though he was better in Game 1, this was another stellar performance.

He has now started four games in the postseason and has pitched to a 1.78 ERA and 0.51 WHIP with 25 strikeouts and three walks in 25 1/3 innings.

He faced one batter in the seventh inning and allowed a single. And then things got really interesting…

Seranthony goes wild in the rain

Phillies reliever Seranthony Domínguez has been excellent this postseason and pitched a six-out save in Game 3. He came into this one with absolutely no command. He entered the game with a runner on first and the Phillies leading, 2-1, in the seventh inning during the heaviest rain of the afternoon in South Philly. He threw a wild pitch that advanced the runner to second and then gave up a Josh Bell double that tied the game. Then he threw a wild pitch to advance pinch runner Jose Azocar to third. Then he threw another a wild pitch to score Azocar and the Padres had a 3-2 lead.

Domínguez had only three wild pitches the entire regular season in 51 innings. He has yet to pitch one in the playoffs in his 6 2/3 innings of work. He threw three in the seventh inning in Game 5.

As the saying goes, every time you watch a baseball game, you have the opportunity to see something you’ve never seen before. Domínguez made it ring true in this one.

Darvish with tough luck again

Yu Darvish only gave up two runs in seven innings of work in Game 1, when he was tagged with solo home runs by Bryce Harper and Kyle Schwarber. He was the unlucky one and it looked like a similar result was in store in Game 5.

This time it was a two-run Hoskins home run and that was it. He gave up two runs on four hits in six innings. Thanks to the late comeback, he looked like he was in line for the well-earned win. Considering the way the bullpen had to be largely depleted in Game 4, you can’t give Darvish enough credit for his work in this one. The Padres season was on the line and he delivered.

And then Harper happened. Darvish remains with an 0-1 record in that series despite pitching like an ace.

Suárez closes things out

The Phillies went to David Robertson for the ninth with a one-run lead, but he walked two straight batters with one out. Then Phillies skipper Rob Thomson turned to his No. 3 starter, Ranger Suárez, to get the final two outs.

Suárez was a reliever before a starter at the big league level. He was actually the closer for a very short time last season, recording four saves.

The first hitter that Suárez faced was Trent Grisham, and he struck out. He must have been bunting from a blow or he was mistaken and thought there were no ways out. Regardless, the Phillies just took out when Suárez threw to first. Austin Nola was the Padres’ final hope, and he lined out low for the final out with the go-ahead run in left stranded in scoring position.

Phillies manager Rob Thomson is making history

Remember, the Phillies were 21-29 through May. They won on June 1 but then fired manager Joe Girardi. Rob Thomson took over and they went 65-46 under him, a full-season pace of 95 wins. They have now gone 9-2 in the playoffs as well.

Thomson is only the third manager in baseball history to take over in the middle of a season and win the pennant. He joins Jack McKeon of the 2003 Marlins and Bob Lemon of the 1978 Yankees. McKeon and Lemon both won the World Series, so Thomson is looking to follow in their footsteps.

What follows

For the Padres, they will be going home for a big offseason. They will get Fernando Tatis, Jr. back. early next season and it will be interesting to see how that unfolds. They will be a strong contender again, probably.

More important now is the National League champion Philadelphia Phillies. This is their eighth pennant, joining 1915, 1950, 1980, 1983, 1993, 2008 and 2009. They will hit the road for Games 1 and 2 of the World Series, likely to Houston to face an Astros team that still has. lose this postseason. The Phillies will be heavy underdogs, but they were underdogs against the Cardinals, Braves and Padres and here they are.

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