Harper, Schwarber, Castellanos and CBP Power Phillies in Game 1


By AJ Johnson


Bryce Harper smashed the first pitch he saw into the seats, Kyle Schwarber hit his first homer of the postseason and Nick Castellanos homered again to lift the Phillies over the Diamondbacks 5-3 in Game 1 of the NLCS on Monday night

Harper, who also walked, scored two runs, and drove in two runs, hit his 10th homer in two postseasons with the Phillies. Happy Birthday Bryce!


Arizona lost for the time this postseason after five straight wins against the Brewers and Dodgers.

Schwarber started it off the fun with a home run when he blasted Zac Gallen’s first pitch 420 feet into the right-field seats.

Four pitches later, Harper homered — the first time in 127 postseason games Philadelphia went deep twice in the first inning.

Castellanos lined his fifth homer of the playoffs in the third, all in the past three games. 

Zack Wheeler struck out eight in six innings to help the defending NL champs win their seventh Game 1 of the last two postseasons.

Schwarber’s fourth leadoff homer in the postseason moved him past Jimmy Rollins and Derek Jeter for most in baseball history.

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