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Padres and Phillies score, takeaways: Kyle Schwarber, Bryce Harper and Zack Wheeler, stars of Game 1 victory

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The Philadelphia Phillies took first place in the 2022 National League Championship Series in Game 1 with a 2-0 win over the San Diego Padres. Phillies co-pain, Zack Wheeler, is down for seven games to give the Philly bullfight a much-needed light night. work. On offense, Bryce Harper hit his third game in a row and Kyle Schwarber scored one of the longest home runs in recent postseason history.

The Padres made things interesting against saver José Alvarado with a win at the end of the ninth quarter. Jurickson Profar walked, and then Juan Soto achieved fielder selection thanks to a shooting error that was blamed on Phillies third baseman Alec Bohm. However, Alvarado compensated to finish the match by retiring Manny Machado in a flight and Josh Bell in a strike.

The Phillies are now leading 1-0 in a best-of-seven series that will determine who advances to the World Series to face the winner of the New York Yankees-Houston Astros ALCS.

Now for some takeaways from Game 1.

Wheeler dominated again at 83 pitches

Wheeler had a 2.19 ERA with nine strokes and two walks in 12 1/3 innings in his first two starts this season. 2. Wheeler, who, along with game starter Aaron Nola, gave the Phillies a double ace, was even better against the Padres on Tuesday night: 7 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 8 SO, 1 BB. He didn’t allow a hit until Wil Myers’ fifth single-out single, and he saw 58 of his 83 hits for strikes.

Wheeler did not come back for the eighth shot after his pace dropped to seventh.

Possibly an exploration-focused decision, Wheeler endured his fastball in Game 1 more than he typically would—52 percent of the time against the Padres against 42.9 percent in the regular season. For the most part, this increased speedball usage came at the expense of the slider in Game 1. Wheeler had the Padres sway on 42 percent of their pitch, a high figure on 42 percent of their pitch. The stellar effort reduced Wheeler’s ERA to 1.40 with three starts this post-season. At Game 5 on Sunday, he’ll be lining up to fully relax again.

As for Wheeler’s counterpart Pads, Yu Darvish’s success is pretty good – 7 IP, 3 H, 2 R, 7 SO, 1 BB. Other than allowing for the two home runs detailed below, Darvish shot well enough to win most of the time, but the San Diego bats weren’t able to give him any boost. As was typical with the Dervish, he commanded three six different fields and generally all of them. Darvish was defeated, but in reality this loss is on the Padres’ offense.

Harper stayed warm

Bryce Harper is the Phillies’ biggest star and that’s how he’s played this season’s end. In two games of the Wild Card Series, Harper hit a home run .286/.375/.714, followed by two homers in the game’s four-game loss to hit .500/.529/1,063. Braves in NLDS. Thus, he came to Game 1 in the post-2022 season with a .435/.480/.957 streak against the Padres. Then in the fourth hit of the NLCS opener he did this at Darvish’s expense:

Excellent job of staying with Harper’s high and outside speedball and going to the opposite court. It wasn’t the most surprising blast of his career—he traveled just 368 feet—but he definitely counts on the scoreboard. This also made Harper the first Phillie to go homer in three season three postseason games since Gary Matthews in the 1983 NLCS.

The post-2022 season marks Harper’s first playoff game since 2017, but he’s definitely making the most of it so far.

Schwarber completely destroyed a pitch

We should skip the throat clearing and roll the tape this time:

This combat action against a Darvish cutter put the bat down at 119.7 mph, making it the longest home run ever recorded in Petco Park history at 488 feet. More:

Given all this, the least we can do is another perspective:

Schwarber led the NL with 46 home runs in the regular season, but has been struggling throughout the current postseason until the above. Schwarber entered NLCS Game 1 with zero points on the court in six games with a 0.050/.222/.050 streak for the 2022 playoffs. As far as getting out of mini-collapses goes, there’s no better way to do it.

Phillies (mostly) in a good spot

In the history of the best seven playoff series in MLB, the team that won Game 1 continues to win that series by 64.3 percent. Teams that win Game 1 away go on to win said series 59.0 percent of the time, as do the Phillies. This is good news for Philly. Now some information for the Padres: The team that won Game 1 away – in this case the Phillies again – continues to win Game 2 by only 37.2 percent.

Speaking of Game 2, the first step will be at 4:35 PM ET on Wednesday in San Diego. Nola heads to the Phillies for the Padres against left-wing Blake Snell.

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