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MLB Postseason Wrap-Up: October 21, 2022 – Segura Steals the Show

Jean Segura of Philadelphia Phillies on July 18, 2020

The weekend kicked off with National League Championship Series Game 3 between the San Diego Padres and the Philadelphia Phillies at Citizens Bank Park in Philadelphia. Kyle Schwarber and Bryce Harper have been the postseason stars for the Phillies, but Friday night was Jean Segura‘s time to take the spotlight.

Philadelphia 4, San Diego 2

Philadelphia leads series 2-1

WP: Ranger Suárez

LP: Joe Musgrove

S: Seranthony Domínguez

Schwarber opened the scoring with a 1st inning solo shot.

Segura’s night started with a nice diving stop on the right field grass in the 3rd inning, recovering to make a strong throw that retired Trent Grisham at first base.

The Padres would tie the game in the 4th inning on Segura’s missed catch error when attempting a transfer during a double play attempt.

Segura got a chance to redeem himself in the 4th inning. With runners at 2nd and 3rd and two outs, Segura chopped a Musgrove slider off the end of his bat and over a leaping Ha-Seong Kim. Both runners scored to give Philly a 3-1 advantage.

In the 6th inning, with two on and one out, Josh Bell grounded into a double play initiated by Segura to end the San Diego threat.

Finally, in the 7th inning, Segura made another diving play to snag a Kim ground ball ticketed for right field. The Philly second baseman popped to his feet immediately after securing the ball to make the throw to Rhys Hoskins at first base and end the inning.

Domínguez recorded Philly’s first six-out postseason save since Tug McGraw closed out the Phillies’ 1980 World Series clincher.

Saturday offers a full slate of League Championship Series baseball. First up will be the American League matchup between Houston and New York at 5:07 PM ET. Gerrit Cole (postseason: 2-0, 2.03 ERA) will take the ball for the Yankees as they try to climb back from a 2-0 series deficit. Cristian Javier (postseason: 0-0, 6.75 ERA) is the probable starter for Houston. San Diego and Philadelphia play in the prime-time slot at 7:45 PM ET. Mike Clevinger (postseason: 0-1, 13.50 ERA) will face Bailey Falter (regular season: 6-4, 3.86 ERA) in Falter’s postseason debut as the Phillies seek a commanding 3-1 series lead.

Featured Image: Jean Segura of the Philadelphia Phillies on July 18, 2020, by All-Pro Reels from District of Columbia, USA, CC BY-SA 2.0 via Wikimedia Commons.