The Philadelphia Phillies jumped out to a early 4-0 lead in Game 2 of NLCS against the Padres, and end up losing 8-5.The best-of-seven series is tied 1-1 as it heads to Philadelphia for Game 3 on Friday.
The Phillies put four runs against Padres Blake Snell in the second inning, all thanks to soft contact. It helped that Juan Soto lost a ball in the sun, turning a sacrifice fly into a double, and that Brandon Drury muffed a potential double play ball and settled for one out.
The Padres scored their first two runs of the NLCS on consecutive pitches as Drury and Josh Bell clubbed back-to-back home runs against Aaron Nola to open the bottom of the second.
Those two runs were the first two earned runs Nola allowed in the month of October. He threw 6 2/3 shutout innings in his Wild Card Series start on Oct. 8, and then he surrendered one unearned run in six innings his NLDS start on six innings on Oct. 14.
The Phillies Bryce Harper continued his monster postseason going 2 for 4 with a double in Game 2, extending his extra-base hit streak to seven games. Overall, Harper is 13 for 31 (.419) with four doubles and four homers in eight games this postseason.
The series resumes at Citizens Bank Park in Philadelphia on Friday night. Game 3 is scheduled to start at 7:37 p.m. ET. The scheduled starting pitchers are lefthander Ranger Suárez (10-7, 3.65 ERA) for the Phillies and Joe Musgrove (10-7, 2.93 ERA) for the Padres.
Phillies Game 2 starting pitcher Aaron Nola. Photo courtsey of Gregory Bull / AP