PHILADELPHIA — The National League Championship Series returned to Philadelphia for the primary time in 12 years on Friday, and most of the old stars of that era were available to observe. The slugger Ryan Howard was there along with his children, and so was Charlie Manuel, the previous manager, and J.C. Romero, who pitched within the Phillies’ last N.L.C.S. win.
All of them received loud ovations once they were shown on the enormous video screen, but the largest cheers were saved for the present group of players, who’ve captivated this city by climbing to inside two wins of the World Series.
The Phillies beat the San Diego Padres, 4-2, in Game 3 at Residents Bank Park they usually lead the series, two games to at least one. Within the 97 previous times that a seven-game series was tied, 1-1, the team that won Game 3 won 67 times, or 69.1 percent.
The Phillies sent Padres starter Joe Musgrove to his first lack of the postseason, starting with a leadoff home run by Kyle Schwarber that made the stadium pulsate under the din of the applause. Ranger Suárez, the Phillies starter, pitched well, allowing just one earned run, which garnered him some loud cheers of his own.
However the player who had probably the most eventful game was Jean Segura, the veteran second baseman who was at the middle of lots of probably the most critical plays of the sport, and celebrated the nice ones with a bat slam and two emphatic leg kicks.
Segura had played 11 seasons within the majors, including the last 4 with the Phillies, appearing in 1,328 regular season games before reaching the postseason this yr, the longest such lively streak of any player. He seemed intent on making up for the deficit multi functional game.
He hit a two-run single within the fourth inning, which he commemorated by slamming his bat to the bottom. It was paying homage to an analogous bat slam by teammate Rhys Hoskins, who did the identical after hitting a three-run home run in Game 3 of Philadelphia’s division series against the Atlanta Braves.
Unfortunately, Segura was picked off first base by Musgrove, which made for a quiet trip back to the dugout.
But it surely was two defensive plays that drew as much attention as the large hit. With two runners on base within the sixth inning, Segura snared a sizzling ground ball off the bat of Josh Bell. He turned it right into a double play, and celebrated it with a leg kick and fist punch. He did the identical after one other inning-ending defensive play within the seventh.
The Phillies were playing only their third home game since Sept. 27, a stretch that included 18 road games. It was also their first home game within the N.L.C.S. since 2010, once they lost Game 6 of that series to the San Francisco Giants. The fans got here prepared to cheer and shout, they usually got off to an early start.
After the strong start provided by Schwarber’s homer, the Phillies threatened to interrupt the sport open. Musgrove walked the subsequent two batters because the anticipation and excitement mounted. But Musgrove wriggled out of it. He forced Bryce Harper to hit right into a double play after which got Nick Castellanos to ground out to finish the inning. Considering the primary three batters had reached base safely, Musgrove did well to limit the damage to just one run.
Musgrove was making his first start since Game 4 of San Diego’s N.L. division series against the Los Angeles Dodgers, and his second since he was checked for using a banned substance in a playoff game against the Mets on Oct. 9.
Because some suspicion had previously been solid on Musgrove, Rob Thomson, the Phillies manager, said he would carry on eye on the Padres starter.
“We’ll watch and see,” Thomson before the sport, almost as a friendly warning. “If we expect the guy’s cheating intentionally, we’ll call him on it.”
That’s what Buck Showalter, the Mets manager, did in Game 3 of their N.L. wild-card series. Showalter asked the umpires to examine Musgrove for a banned substance on his person. Musgrove was within the strategy of throwing seven shutout innings, with just one hit, and the Mets noticed that Musgrove was throwing barely harder than his normal average fastball velocity, and that the speed of spin on his pitches was higher than in his recent outings.
Last yr, Major League Baseball began enforcing a ban on foreign substances, which many pitchers had been using to extend their grip on the baseball, allowing them to spin it more and achieve more movement on pitches.
Strangely, the Mets, and a national television audience, also noticed that Musgrove’s ears appeared pink and glossy and Showalter specifically asked the umpires to look at them. They did, prompting the weird scene of an umpire rubbing the ears of a starting pitcher in the midst of a playoff game. Showalter later said he felt bad about his implicit cheating accusation against Musgrove, but said he needed to do whatever he could to assist his team.
It didn’t help, though. The umpires found nothing illicit and Musgrove was allowed to proceed pitching and the Padres went on to eliminate the Mets, with a 6-0 victory. Thomson said before Friday’s game that he wouldn’t raise any frivolous objections for gamesmanship.
“I feel we’ll just play the sport like we normally would,” he said. “I’m not going to call him on it for head games or anything like that. That’s not something I’d do. I’m sure Buck didn’t try this either. I feel we just play the sport the best way it’s normally played.”
Musgrove’s ears looked much the identical on Friday as they did in that game and evidently didn’t arouse any suspicions from the Phillies, who never called for an inspection. They didn’t have to. They were perfectly pleased scoring runs off him.