San Diego Padres hit back in Game 2 to tie the NLCS in one game each, scoring eight unanswered runs in the second, fifth and seventh inning to win 8-5
- After leading 4-0 in the top of the second, the Phillies slowly lost their lead
- Two home runs in the 2nd and 4 RBI hits in the 5th gave San Diego a 7-4 lead
- Despite a late solo recording from Rhys Hoskins, the Phillies couldn’t come back
- It ties the NLCS at a game apiece, with Game 3 in Philadelphia on Friday night
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In a matchup expected during the day, Padres catcher Austin Nola took on Phillies starter Aaron Nola – his brother. In the bottom of the fifth, Austin hit an RBI single off Aaron to make it 4-3, bringing the Padres closer to the tying run for the Phillies.
San Diego went on to score five runs in the fifth inning, combined with two runs in the bottom of the second inning to win Game 2 of the NLCS, 8-5.
Philadelphia once led 4-0 after firing at Padres starter Blake Snell in the top of the second. Two RBI basehits, an RBI double and a sacrifice ground brought in all the runs the Phillies needed to take an impressive lead.
However, in the bottom of the inning, Aaron Nola gave up back-to-back solo homeruns to Brandon Drury and Josh Bell to help close the gap and make it a 4-2 game.
Back-to-back solo home runs from Josh Bell (L) and Brandon Drury (R) kicked off the comeback
It’s been a rough day for Phillies starter Aaron Nola, taking 6 earned runs against 7 hits in the loss
Despite giving up 4 runs in the second, Padres starter Blake Snell took credit for the win
The fifth inning saw three pitching changes, as San Diego hit three RBI singles and an RBI double to tie the game and eventually took the lead.
Philadelphia got one run back in the eighth inning on a solo homerun by Rhys Hoskins, but they couldn’t add more – the game ended with three runners on base.
In the ninth inning, Padres closer Josh Hader closed the heart of the Phillies lineup – striking out Alec Bohm, Jean Segura and Matt Vierling to end the game and get the save.
With the win, the NLCS is now at 1-1. The series now moves to Philadelphia, with Game 3 set for Friday night at Citizens Bank Park.
Closer Josh Hader got the job done in the ninth for San Diego, striking out three for the save
With the win, the series is at 1-1 just as the series moves to Philadelphia for Game 3 Friday