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Zack Wheeler’s gem grants the Phillies a win in the NLCS for the first time since 2010

The San Diego Padres played in this game for the first time since 1998. Fans will need to wait a little longer to see their first win in this round.

The Philadelphia Phillies won Game 1 of the NLCS by a score of 2-0. This was their first NLCS game since 2010.

Zack Wheeler signed for the Phillies in 2020 to receive five years of $118 million. Many questioned the deal as Wheeler had never been named an All-Star in his previous stint with the New York Mets. He’s one of the best players in the game, even though Wheeler has gone south.

He didn’t allow any hits in his third postseason start of his career – all of them in the last few weeks. However, that fifth-inning single was his only hit in seven scoreless innings. He also walked one batter and whiffed eight.

His postseason ERA stands at 1.40, with three earned runs in 19.1 innings. Since coming off the IL, he has had a 1.05 ERA in six innings. The Phillies starters have a 1.17 ERA.

Yu Darvish was dominant early. He struck out six of his first twelve batters. But in the fourth, Bryce Harper tagged Darvish for a solo homer. The Phillies took a 2-0 lead in the sixth when Kyle Schwarber launched a 488-foot upper-decker off Darvish.

Darvish made two errors, and his last line was amazing. He allowed only four hits, walked one, and struck out seven. But the two homers, combined with no help from his offense, earned him the hard-luck defeat.

Seranthony Dominguez struck out two of the three batters that he faced in relief. Jose Alvarado came in to save the day.

He got the first out but walked Jurickson Profar. Juan Soto was then placed at the plate as the tie-breaking run. Soto was unable to reach third base after Soto’s first pitch. This would have likely been a game-ending double play. However, Alec Bohm threw the ball wide and put the tying run on first. Manny Machado was at the plate. Machado was unable to fly out and Josh Bell struck out swinging to end the game.

The Phillies continue to ride their magic carpet. The Phillies would still be golfing two weeks ago if it weren’t for the expansion of the postseason to twelve teams. They beat the Cardinals in just two games and then defeated the Atlanta Braves, the defending World Series Champion in four. They are now three wins away from their first World Series appearance since 2009.

Aaron Nola will try to give the Phillies an advantage of 2-0 on Wednesday night, and continue his scoreless postseason. His brother, Austin is the Padres’ catcher. Blake Snell will attempt to save San Diego from a deep hole.

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