When the Padres’ bat started, they really started. After trailing 4-0 early in Game 2, San Diego fought back violently, flipping the script in the fifth inning of five innings that echoed their decisive rebound against the Dodgers. Austin Nola and Juan Soto doubled down in the game to end Phillies starter Aaron Nola, and the scoring didn’t stop against the bullpen. The Padres eventually won the NLCS 8-5 as it traveled to Philadelphia.
The comeback started the inning when the trade deadline added Brandon Drury and Josh Bell each homered for San Diego in Game 2. They later contributed RBIs in that huge fifth inning.
Manny Machado also hit a home run, completing eight unanswered Padres game sprints.
The barrage took over starting pitcher Blake Snell to get out of the woods in a tough second inning, and it’s hard to blame him. The dazzling San Diego Suns affected several games, including a key fly ball that Soto lost in the right field. Snell is great outside that frame. He finished five innings with those four runs, six strikeouts and one walk, and was considered the winner. Looking completely back to his usual self, the closer Josh Hader blew the Phillies away in the ninth. . But after the Padres’ onslaught — including his brother’s RBI knock — he ran six times on his tag that day. Brad Hand, the bullpen’s original reliever, failed to get out. The Phillies used a total of six pitchers, eventually turning to regular-season starter Kyle Gibson.
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The team got their series rest day on Thursday before playing Game 3 in Philadelphia on Friday.
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