The Philadelphia Phillies are going to the National League Championship Series, and they knocked out the defending champions to get there.
Philadelphia beat the Atlanta Braves 8-3 in Game 4 of the NLDS on Saturday to win the series 3-1.
The Philadelphia Phillies are going to the NLCS! ⚾️ pic.twitter.com/NYtLrW7mz9
— The Comeback (@thecomeback) October 15, 2022
Noah Syndergaard: "The Phillies just got that dog in 'em." ⚾️🐶 pic.twitter.com/FSuMnbsrmO
— Awful Announcing (@awfulannouncing) October 15, 2022
The Phillies hit three homers, including an inside-the-park homer from catcher J.T. Realmuto. Brandon Marsh hit a three-run homer in the second inning, and Bryce Harper added a solo shot in the eighth.
THE BRANDON MARSH MOMENT#RingTheBell pic.twitter.com/7CTHsKRjeJ
— Philadelphia Phillies (@Phillies) October 15, 2022
Bryce Harper. Have a series.#RingTheBell pic.twitter.com/W7411l1YRD
— Inside Edge (@IE_MLB) October 15, 2022
It’s the first NLCS appearance for the Phillies since 2010. They now wait to see if they’ll face the San Diego Padres or Los Angeles Dodgers (San Diego is up 2-1 in that series, and the Dodgers entered the postseason as World Series title favorites).
And it’s a pretty remarkable run for a Phillies team that finished in third place in the NL East and had some major defensive and bullpen concerns. The Phillies won 87 games in the regular season, finishing 14 games behind both the Braves (who won the division via tiebreaker) and New York Mets. The Mets were eliminated by the Padres in the NL Wild Card Series.
So, stunningly, the Phillies are the only NL East team left standing.
Here’s a peek at how the baseball world is reacting to the Phillies reaching the NLCS:
Kyle Schwarber brought this song into Phillies clubhouse for the celebrations pic.twitter.com/Kb1TG9mf7w
— John Clark (@JClarkNBCS) October 15, 2022
Philly fans at the Wells Fargo Center celebrate the Phillies advancing to NLCS. pic.twitter.com/Ciq0ywDx1s
— Jordan Hall (@JHallNBCS) October 15, 2022
Only four teams entering this postseason had made the LCS with as few regular season wins as the Phillies' 87. Three of those four ended up winning it all: the 2006 Cardinals, 2000 Yankees and 1987 Twins.
The Phillies are one round closer. pic.twitter.com/zT0gfFbpr5
— ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) October 15, 2022
FINAL: Phillies 8, Braves 3
Advancing to the NLCS: A Philadelphia team playing inspired, dangerous baseball. Amazing: Phillies are the lone NL East survivor.
Done: The defending World Series champions who won 101 games and went 78-34 down the stretch. They just got embarrassed.
— Jeff Passan (@JeffPassan) October 15, 2022
LET'S GOOOOOOOOOO, @Phillies!!!!
— Philadelphia Eagles (@Eagles) October 15, 2022
all credit to the Phillies, sadly they balled
— Blooper (@BlooperBraves) October 15, 2022
The Phillies weren't phased by the defending champs pic.twitter.com/SxJI0fWzNf
— FOX Sports: MLB (@MLBONFOX) October 15, 2022
Imagine telling someone in 2015 that Bryce Harper, Noah Syndergaard, and J.T. Realmuto would help lead the Phillies to the NLCS.
— Bill Baer (@Baer_Bill) October 15, 2022
The last time the Phillies clinched a spot in the NLCS, it was behind Cole Hamel's complete game shutout in 2010 pic.twitter.com/rOP1b9tvih
— B/R Walk-Off (@BRWalkoff) October 15, 2022