The Philadelphia Phillies took a page out of the Rocky Balboa playbook on Saturday night. They used the rope-a-dope tactic, lulling the San Diego Padres to sleep before attacking with a violent fury that left them stunned and confused.
The Philadelphia Phillies stunned the San Diego Padres by claiming a 10-6 victory over them, moving them closer than ever before to clinching a spot in the World Series.
The Philadelphia Phillies currently hold a three-games-to-one advantage in the National League Championship Series. As a result, the matter at hand now is not whether or not Philadelphia will prevail in the series; instead, it is when the Phillies will stay.
Without a doubt, the Phillies carry the weight of all the history, the momentum, and the mojo on their large shoulders. With a 3-1 series lead in the playoffs, teams have prevailed in 77 out of 91 attempts. Unfortunately, that results in a loss 85 percent of the time, which is practically equivalent to being eliminated from postseason competition.
Zack Wheeler, the Phillies’ ace pitcher, will take the mound for Game 5 on Sunday, October 2, at 2:37 p.m. ET on FS1. If those odds weren’t enough for the Phillies, they also have the advantage of having the series tiebreaker.
Wheeler allowed the Phillies to win Game 1 by a score of 2-0, and he did so by pitching seven innings without allowing a hit and striking out seven batters. He has made three starts this postseason and has a perfect record with a 1.40 earned run average. In 19 13 innings pitched, he has allowed only seven hits while striking out 17 batters.
The manager of the Phillies, Rob Thompson, acknowledged that despite how exciting it is, the game is not yet over. In addition to that, they have a perfect guy working for them. So we will have to get out here and continue doing what we have been doing to get ready, compete, and complete the task.-->
Wheeler, who has made three road starts, will pitch at Citizens Bank Park in front of a vibrant audience prepared to throw a party for the ages in his honor.