How the Phillies won Game 1 against the Padres


Kyle Schwarber smashed one of the longest postseason homers in the last decade, napped a second-deck shot off an offending Yu Darvish, and the Phillies went 2-0 to the Padres won.

Schwarber appeared to be waiting for a cut fastball from San Diego ace Darvish when he turned on the pitch in the sixth inning, sending him 488 feet into right field seats.

His solo shot was the second-longest playoff homer in the so-called Statcast era, behind the Cubs’ lone catcher Willson Contreras, who hit a 490-foot homer in Game 4 of the 2017 NLCS homer against the Dodgers.

As Schwarber dropped to one knee after a mighty swing, Darvish rolled his eyes, knowing the ball was gone.

Bryce Harper also hit a homer for the Phillies in the fourth inning, a 368-foot goal to left field. And while Darvish gave up just three hits in seven innings, he went out in a two-run hole before the eighth inning.

Phillies right-hander Zack Wheeler did even better, giving up just one hit in seven innings, a line-drive single from Wil Myers in the fifth. Wheeler forced six first pitch-outs from the 21 he recorded when Padres hitters fired early in counts.

Wheeler, in his third season with the Phillies after five with the Mets, is serving in his first postseason. And in three starts this month, he’s only given up seven hits and three runs over 19 1/3 innings.

Against the Padres, Wheeler relied on a power fastball that maxed out at 99 mph and threw it in more than half of his pitches.

José Alvarado pitched a tense ninth inning for Philadelphia. He dropped Austin Nola off to go. Then, after Jurickson Profar left, a throwing error by Philadelphia third baseman Alec Bohm prevented a potential game-inning double play on Juan Soto’s limp chopper. But Alvarado forced Manny Machado to fly out and he beat Josh Bell to end it.

Game 2 is scheduled for Wednesday at 4:30 p.m. ET / 1:30 p.m. PT, pitting Phillies ace Aaron Nola against Padres lefty Blake Snell.


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