By AJ Johnson
The Phillies home run onslaught continued last night at CBP.
It was another loud night in South Philly as Diamondbacks starting pitcher Merrill Kelly was roasted after saying fans at Citizens Bank Park could not possibly be louder than the ones he heard cheering for Team USA in the World Baseball Classic.
Kyle Schwarber hit two of Philadelphia’s three solo homers, and Trea Turner also pounded a solo shot at the mighty Phillies pounded the Arizona Diamondbacks 10-0 and took a 2-0 lead in the NLCS.
J.T. Realmuto chipped in with two hits and three RBI as the Phillies improved to 7-1 this postseason, moving closer to a second straight World Series appearance. Aaron Nola tossed three-hit ball and struck out seven in six innings.
“I haven’t obviously heard this place on the field,” Kelly said ahead of Game 1, “but I would be very surprised if it trumped that (WBC) game down in Miami.”
Kelly, was booed from the pregame introductions to his walk to the mound, the crowd of 45,412 Phillies diehards determined to shake the ballpark again and show Kelly just how much louder a Red October game in Philadelphia is than an spring exhibition game in Miami.
How loud to the Bank get last night?
“AC/DC concert level,” loud, Turner said before Game 2.
Phillies manager Rob Thomson said a rival coach told him last season that a playoff game in Philly was “four hours of hell,” and Turner sent a charge through the crowd when he clocked a four-seam fastball to left-center field for a 1-0 lead in the first.
The Diamondbacks had a great season but appear to be in way over their heads now. This is starting to look like a varsity team playing against a JV squad.