Bryce Harper and Rhys Hoskins have the Phillies one game away from the World Series. Oct 22, 2022; Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA; Philadelphia Phillies designated hitter Bryce Harper (3) and first baseman Rhys Hoskins (17) celebrate after Hoskins two-run home run in the first inning during game four of the NLCS against the against the San Diego Padres for the 2022 MLB Playoffs at Citizens Bank Park. Mandatory Credit: Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports

Before the Philadelphia Phillies took their first at-bat in Saturday’s Game 4 of the NLCS against the San Diego Padres, they trailed by four runs. When the game ended, there was still a four-run gap between the teams. Only this time, the Phillies were on the right side of it.

San Diego scored four runs in the top of the first inning, thanks to a solo home run from Manny Machado, a two-run double from Brandon Drury and an RBI single from Ha-seong Kim. Philadelphia got three of those runs back in the home half of the first, with a two-run homer from Rhys Hoskins and an RBI double from Bryce Harper. Bryson Stott tied it in the bottom of the fourth but Juan Soto put the Padres back up in the top of the fifth with a two-run homer. The Phillies wouldn’t trail for long.

Hoskins hit his second two-run home run of the game to tie it in the bottom of the fifth inning. Two batters later, Harper hit his second RBI double of the game, scoring J.T. Realmuto to give Philadelphia its first lead of the night.

That was all the run support that the Phillies would need — but not all that they’d get. Nick Castellanos drove in one with an RBI single in the fifth inning. Then, Kyle Schwarber and J.T. Realmuto hit solo homers in the sixth and seventh innings, respectively, to give Philadelphia a 10-6 lead.

That stood as the final.

Baseball fans were quick to credit the Phillies for their comeback on Saturday and also noted how it’s a microcosm of Philadelphia’s season.

Indeed, the Phillies not only entered the postseason as the lowest seed in the National League but were the last team in either league to clinch a playoff spot. Philadelphia’s spot in the playoffs was very much in doubt all year. But after rolling through the St. Louis Cardinals in the Wild Card Round and stunning the defending World Series champion Atlanta Braves in the Division Series, the Phillies are one game away from their first trip to the World Series in 13 years.

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