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Division Series Day 5 Wrap-Up: Elimination Day

Jake Cronenworth with the San Diego Padres exiting the playing field in between innings during a game in June 19, 2021.

Saturday offered a full slate of Division Series action and three elimination games. Philadelphia took care of business at home, while Houston needed 18 innings to finish Seattle.

Philadelphia 8, Atlanta 3

Philadelphia wins series 3-1

WP: Brad Hand

LP: Charlie Morton

The Philadelphia offense has been running on all cylinders. They slugged their way to an easy Game 4 elimination victory on their home turf. Brandon Marsh did the most damage with his three-run homer in the 2nd inning. J.T. Realmuto added insult to injury by becoming the first catcher to hit an inside-the-park home run in MLB postseason history.

Atlanta has been eliminated and will not repeat as World Series champions.

Houston 1, Seattle 0

Houston wins series 3-0

WP: Luis Garcia

LP: Penn Murfee

Game 3 was Seattle’s first home playoff game since the 2001 American League Championship Series. Recent Mariners great Félix Hernández was on hand to throw out the ceremonial first pitch.

The contending teams honored “The King” by failing to score for 17 innings, breaking the record for the longest scoreless postseason game set just one week ago by Tampa Bay and Cleveland.

Seattle had a good chance to walk it off in regulation to stay alive in the 9th inning with two on and one out. Ryan Pressly struck out Carlos Santana swinging and retired Adam Frazier with a flyout to end the Mariners threat and take the game to extra innings.

Jeremy Peña‘s home run in the 18th inning proved to be the eventual game-winner.

Cleveland 6, New York 5

Cleveland leads series 2-1

WP: Eli Morgan

LP: Clarke Schmidt

This series blessed us with another dramatic late-game comeback in the American League bracket. The Yankees held a 5-3 lead going into the 9th inning, but Schmidt allowed four Cleveland singles with one out, allowing one run and loading the bases for Josh Naylor. Naylor whiffed, but the rookie Oscar González supplied another walkoff hit for Cleveland with a two-run single to center field.

The Cleveland comeback is all the more remarkable considering the Yankees’ past postseason perfection with multi-run leads.

San Diego 5, Los Angeles 3

San Diego wins series 3-1

WP: Tim Hill

LP: Yency Almonte

S: Josh Hader

The Dodgers took struck first on Freddie Freeman‘s two-run double in the 3rd inning and added an insurance run with Will Smith‘s sacrifice fly in the 7th. LA had a chance to pile on in the 7th after a double steal gave them runners at 2nd and 3rd with one out. Hill struck out Max Muncy and induced a groundout from Justin Turner to retire the side.

The momentum from limiting the Dodgers damage carried over to the bottom of the inning. Jurickson Profar‘s leadoff walk was the start of a five-run rally which stunned the Dodgers and gave the home team a two-run lead heading into the closing frames. Juan Soo delivered the game-tying single, and Jake Cronenworth‘s two-out single to score Ha-Seong Kim and Soto drove in the go-ahead and insurance runs.

This loss will be incredibly demoralizing to the Dodgers fanbase given their regular-season dominance of the league with 111 wins, and the Padres with a 14-5 season series.

This year’s National League Championship Series will feature a matchup between two Wild Card teams starting on Tuesday. With three teams eliminated, there will be only one game on Sunday – Game 4 between New York and Cleveland at 7:07 PM ET. Cleveland will look to advance behind Canadian Cal Quantrill. Gerrit Cole will take the ball for the Yankees as they seek to force a decisive Game 5.

Featured Image: Jake Cronenworth with the San Diego Padres exiting the playing field in between innings during a game in June 19, 2021 by Ryan Casey Aguinaldo, CC BY-SA 4.0, via Wikimedia Commons.