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No player in MLB history had ever posted a multi-homer recreation in back-to-back postseason contests heading into Thursday evening’s Recreation 4 matchup between the Philadelphia Phillies and Atlanta Braves within the NLDS.
Enter Nick Castellanos.
The Phillies slugger hit a pair of solo pictures, pacing his staff in a 3-1 win that despatched them to the NLCS to face the upstart Arizona Diamondbacks.
Nick at Nite.
Castellanos bought ALL THAT. 💪 pic.twitter.com/98sEaKMC96
He additionally blasted a pair of homers throughout Wednesday’s 10-2 win, although it was barely overshadowed by Bryce Harper’s two residence runs and two lengthy staredowns directed towards Orlando “Attaboy” Arcia.
However there was no sharing the highlight on Thursday—Castellanos was the star of this present, and followers and pundits alike gave him his flowers because the Phillies moved one step nearer to returning to the World Sequence:
Larry Henry Jr @lhenry019
Nick Castellanos=future World Sequence MVP. Calling it. #RingTheBell
I have never watched an excessive amount of baseball this 12 months however Bryce Harper and Castellanos deserve a World Sequence.
Jayson Stark @jaysonst
How superb is baseball?
The primary hitter in historical past to have back-to-back multihomer video games within the postseason is …
Nick Castellanos …
A man who has by no means had back-to-back multi-homer video games within the common season.
Due to course he’s!
Sheil Kapadia @SheilKapadia
Nick Castellanos: clenched butt cheek killer.
Senses the unfavourable vibes rising and simply hits a house run to ease your thoughts. Two nights in a row.
Actually respect this as his superpower.
Kevin Cooney @KevinCooney
If I can reply like Castellanos the final two nights, I welcome a superb punch within the face.
James Seltzer @JamesSeltzer
Castellanos will need to have been irritated that his two-homer recreation bought overshadowed by Bryce’s so he simply did it once more lol.
The Good Phight @TheGoodPhight
We have to speak. Simply kidding your format is ok and the Braves and their followers are a bunch of whiny frauds. Bryce Harper & Nick Castellanos are too good.
A Phan. pic.twitter.com/YmBZH2ZpEx
Jared Carrabis @Jared_Carrabis
I do know individuals are gonna pile on the Braves for “choking” after the season that they had, however that might be taking away from what the Phillies simply did. Castellanos stated it greatest. The postseason is a distinct animal. The Phillies know find out how to win in October. That is a hell of a staff.
Tyrone Johnson @TyJohnsonNews
The Phillies on to the NLCS once more!!!!! Castellanos was INCREDIBLE!!!!!!!! Hungry for that ring!!!! pic.twitter.com/aJssTwo7Tz
He was hardly the one standout for these Phillies, nevertheless.
There was Trea Turner, who completed the sport 4-for-4 with a solo residence run of his personal.
Bleacher Report @BleacherReport
TREA TURNER WITH A SOLO SHOT FOR THE LEAD 🔥 pic.twitter.com/busRKpukie
Beginning pitcher Ranger Suárez pitched 5 glowing innings, giving up only one run on three hits whereas placing out two.
And Johan Rojas made a very powerful defensive play of the evening, monitoring down a Ronald Acuña Jr. blast to finish the seventh inning after the Phillies’ bullpen had walked the bases loaded.
There was drama, too.
Phillies followers have been left in abject terror as Harper recoiled in ache within the high of the eighth inning after a collision at first base with Matt Olson, clutching his surgically repaired arm that pressured him to maneuver from proper area to first base this season.
However he returned to the sector within the high of the ninth, and Philadelphia was in a position to breathe once more.
The Braves then put their first two hitters on base within the ninth, giving them runners on first and third with no outs. However Matt Strahm—who is not the staff’s regular nearer and had simply two saves within the common season, however was referred to as upon after supervisor Rob Thomson went with José Alvarado and Craig Kimbrel earlier within the recreation to get out of jams—retired three straight batters to finish the sport.
And so the Braves, who led baseball with 104 wins and tied the MLB report with 307 residence runs throughout the common season, have been held to eight runs in 4 video games and have been despatched packing.
Castellanos, by himself, out-homered the Braves on this sequence, 4-3. And it was an enormous purpose why the Phillies eradicated the Braves within the NLDS for the second straight October.