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NLCS: Mike Clevinger and Padres Are Overwhelmed in Philadelphia


For the house team, there could be no repeat of one other infamous Game 4 on Pattison Ave., against Toronto in 1993. That night, in a swirling, misty drizzle at Veterans Stadium, the Blue Jays won the highest-scoring game in World Series history, a 15-14 crusher for the Phillies, who served up six runs within the eighth.

This time, the visitors lacked the identical stamina. After their early outburst off starter Bailey Falter, the Padres managed only a two-run homer by Juan Soto the remaining of the way in which.

“We had a great first inning and clearly we couldn’t hold it,” said Manny Machado, who homered off Falter. “Clev went on the market and did his best, just couldn’t get us back within the dugout. Overall, I believe we did what we desired to do today, we just fell short. That they had a very good game they usually outhit us.”

The highest five hitters within the Phillies’ lineup — Schwarber, Hoskins, Realmuto, Harper and Nick Castellanos — went 9 for 18 with three walks and 7 extra-base hits. And with every smash to the gap or rocket to the bleachers, they sent the gang deeper into delirium.

Especially at playoff time, Phillies fans make it a private responsibility to affect the sport. The team is 20-9 within the postseason at Residents Bank Park, where the fans — 45,467 on Saturday — spend just about all game waving towels and stretching the bounds of human lung capability.

“You are trying to concentrate on not letting the gang get to you,” said the Padres reliever Nick Martinez, who managed three perfect innings after Clevinger. “You realize they’re going to be loud, you understand they’re going to be rooting against you. You begin taking your mind an excessive amount of into the longer term, you may lose it.”

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