MLB division series Saturday: Highlights, scores, takeaways


Eight teams started Saturday still in the 2022 postseason. After today’s league division series games, that number could be cut nearly in half.

The Philadelphia Phillies eliminated the Atlanta Braves with an 8-3 NLDS Game 4 victory that had Philly’s Citizens Bank Park rocking.

Next, the Seattle Mariners play their first home playoff game in more than 20 years, hoping to avert a sweep against the Houston Astros. And the San Diego Padres will take the field in Game 4 with a chance to knock out the 111-win Los Angeles Dodgers after holding on for a 2-1 victory in Game 3.

The only series that can’t end today? The other ALDS matchup, between the New York Yankees and Cleveland Guardians, who split the first two games in Bronx.

Follow the action below all day long with start times, pitching matchups and starting lineups as they’re announced, followed by in-game updates and takeaways after each game is concluded.

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Astros lead series 2-0

They’re still scoreless in Seattle

Wait, what just happened?

Hail to the king

Arrivals


Series tied 1-1

Guardians strike first

Cleveland is ready to rock


Phillies win series 3-1

Takeaways

Once again, Major League Baseball will not have a repeat World Series champion after the Phillies bounced the Braves from the postseason with a resounding 8-3 victory in Game 4 of their NLDS.

Just as they did in all three of their wins in the series, the Phillies jumped to an early lead that had Atlanta playing chase pretty much from the beginning — and for the second day in a row, it was a party from start to finish at a raucous Citizens Bank Park.

Instead of a bat-spike home run celebration providing the signature moment like it did in Game 3, the highlight on Saturday was a spring around the bases. In the third inning, J.T. Realmuto became the first catcher in postseason history to hit an inside-the-park home run, one inning after Brandon Marsh ignited the crowd with a three-run blast.

Two things are clear no matter who Philly faces in the NLCS: This team that found new life earlier in the season when manager Rob Thomson took over won’t be an easy out for anyone – and when the Phillies take the field at home in an NLCS for the first time since 2010 next Friday, it’s going to be quite a scene in Philadelphia. — Jesse Rogers


Bryce adds the exclamation point

Phillies piling on

According to ESPN Stats and Information, that is the first inside-the-park home run by a catcher in postseason and the first time any Phillies player has done it in the playoffs.

Braves get one back

Phillies strike big first blow

Dawn Staley is hyped

The Philadelphia native know a bit about winning when it counts.

Is Blooper nervous?

Arrivals


Los Angeles Dodgers at San Diego Padres (9:37 ET on FS1)

Padres lead series 2-1

Dodgers starter: Tyler Anderson

Padres starter: Joe Musgrove

Starting lineups:

DODGERS

1. Mookie Betts (R) RF
2. Trea Turner (R) SS
3. Freddie Freeman (L) 1B
4. Will Smith (R) C
5. Max Muncy (L) 3B
6. Justin Turner (R) DH
7. Trayce Thompson (R) CF
8. Chris Taylor (R) LF
9. Gavin Lux (L) 2B

PADRES

1. Ha-Seong Kim (R) SS
2. Juan Soto (L) RF
3. Manny Machado (R) 3B
4. Brandon Drury (R) DH
5. Jake Cronenworth (L) 2B
6. Wil Myers (R) 1B
7. Jurickson Profar (S) LF
8. Trent Grisham (L) CF
9. Austin Nola (R) C

Why this series is over: If you felt the energy at Petco Park on Friday night, you’d know why. In Game 4, the Padres will once again have a raucous sold-out crowd behind them and the perfect pitcher on the mound — Musgrove, the San Diego native and lifelong Padres fan who dreamed of pitching on a night like this and is fresh off shutting down the Mets in the decisive game of the previous series. — Alden Gonzalez

Why it isn’t: It’s the Dodgers, for crying out loud. They didn’t win 111 regular-season games for no reason. Heck, they didn’t win 14 of those games against these Padres for no reason. The Dodgers had plenty of opportunities to grab leads in Games 2 and 3 — and simply didn’t come through with runners in scoring position. At some point, one would think, they will. They’re too good not to. — Gonzalez





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