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Phillies, Aaron Nola dominate Braves in Game 3 of NLDS; Philadelphia takes 2-1 collection lead

Atlanta Braves rookie pitcher Spencer Strider took the ball for the primary time in near a month and shortly took down the primary six Phillies batters. But the success was short-lived. 

A leadoff stroll within the third inning spelled the start of bother. 

A wild pitch on a pickoff try moved the Phillies runner from first base to 3rd. Strider then gave up an RBI double to fellow rookie Bryson Stott. 

Braves supervisor Brian Snitker then elected to deliberately stroll Kyle Schwarber. Strider’s subsequent pitch within the prime of the third inning to Rhys Hoskins was hit 394 ft for a three-run homer.

Aaron Nola (27) of the Philadelphia Phillies talks with Bryson Stott (5) and Rhys Hoskins (17) on the mound during the seventh inning against the Atlanta Braves in Game 3 of the National League Division Series at Citizens Bank Park Oct. 14, 2022, in Philadelphia.

Aaron Nola (27) of the Philadelphia Phillies talks with Bryson Stott (5) and Rhys Hoskins (17) on the mound throughout the seventh inning in opposition to the Atlanta Braves in Game 3 of the National League Division Series at Citizens Bank Park Oct. 14, 2022, in Philadelphia.
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The shortest begin of Strider’s temporary profession was over in simply 2⅓ innings. He ended the day with 5 runs charged to him.

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“I’m undecided if he obtained drained, however simply form of appeared like his stuff went down slightly bit,” Phillies supervisor Rob Thomson instructed reporters after the sport. “And I believe the at-bat that basically obtained us going was Stotts’ at-bat, how he was grinding and grinding, fouling pitches off. And then, I believe, it was a slider that he hooked down the nook.”

Hoskins’ homer got here on a fastball at 93.8 mph, the lowest-velocity pitch Strider had thrown all recreation.

Rhys Hoskins (17) of the Philadelphia Phillies celebrates with Bryson Stott (5) after hitting a two-run home run against Spencer Strider of the Atlanta Braves during the third inning in Game 3 of the National League Division Series at Citizens Bank Park Oct. 14, 2022, in Philadelphia.

Rhys Hoskins (17) of the Philadelphia Phillies celebrates with Bryson Stott (5) after hitting a two-run house run in opposition to Spencer Strider of the Atlanta Braves throughout the third inning in Game 3 of the National League Division Series at Citizens Bank Park Oct. 14, 2022, in Philadelphia.
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“I assumed if he may get out of that third then that’s going to be it. But it didn’t occur,” Snitker stated throughout the postgame media session.

Strider hadn’t pitched since Sept. 18, when he beat Philadelphia for the third time this season. 

The right-hander, who turns 24 in two weeks, had been out with a strained left indirect. A day earlier than the NLDS opener, he signed a $75 million, six-year contract.

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J.T. Realmuto, left, of the Philadelphia Phillies scores a run on an RBI single by Nick Castellanos against the Atlanta Braves during the seventh inning in Game 3 of the National League Division Series at Citizens Bank Park Oct. 14, 2022, in Philadelphia.

J.T. Realmuto, left, of the Philadelphia Phillies scores a run on an RBI single by Nick Castellanos in opposition to the Atlanta Braves throughout the seventh inning in Game 3 of the National League Division Series at Citizens Bank Park Oct. 14, 2022, in Philadelphia.
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Strider was relieved by Dylan Lee, who promptly gave up a two-run homer to final season’s NL MVP Bryce Harper.

The Braves’ solely run got here on an RBI single from rookie Michael Harris II within the prime of the sixth inning.

The Braves will ship veteran Charlie Morton to the mound for Game 4 Saturday. The Phillies didn’t instantly announce their beginning pitcher. First pitch is scheduled for two:07 p.m. ET.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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