The Philadelphia Phillies will represent the NL in the 2022 World Series.
The Philadelphia Phillies are going to the World Series. The club beat the San Diego Padres on Sunday, 4-3, to clinch the National League Championship for the first time since 2009.
The run that the Phillies have been on is special. The team has had so many ups and downs throughout the season, and to see this sense of resiliency is something everyone should appreciate. The 2022 team is giving baseball fans in Philadelphia something to be proud of.
Generations of fans can celebrate and appreciate what is happening — whether they watched Mike Schmidt in 1980 or Chase Utley, Ryan Howard and Jimmy Rollins in 2008. Now, there is a new generation of the Phillies faithful who will think back to this run and recall Bryce Harper, Rhys Hoskins, and this whole team of players who contributed and beat some of the best in baseball to secure a spot in the 2022 World Series.
The Phillies jumped out to an early lead when Hoskins hit a two-run, third-inning home run off Padres starter Yu Darvish. After, the bats went silent and the Padres crept back into the game.
San Diego scored one run in the fourth on a Juan Soto solo shot, and then a pair of runs in the seventh — which gave them the lead. Amid heavy rain, Phillies reliever Seranthony Domínguez struggled to keep control, as he tallied three wild pitches.
The Phillies managed to regain and hold the lead in the bottom of the eighth inning, when catcher J.T. Realmuto singled. Eventual-NLCS MVP Harper followed with a moment fans will never forget — slugging a go-ahead, two-run home run to left-center field.
The Phillies then brought in right-hander David Robertson to close out the game. The 2009 World Series champion got one out, but also walked two batters — which led manager Rob Thomson to make a switch and bring in Ranger Suárez to end the game.
The left-hander came in and retired the two batters he faced. Trent Grisham bunted and Suárez threw him out. Then, Austin Nola flew out to right fielder Nick Castellanos to end the game.
As a result, the Phils are heading to the Fall Classic. The atmosphere at the ballpark was electric, as fans have waited for this moment for some time. The club will begin its venture to capture the World Series on Friday, as they take on the American League champion Houston Astros.