SMALL-BALL PHILS COME UP BIG: 6 IN 9TH STUN CARDS IN GAME 1!

By Sam Bush

The Phillies rallied for six runs in the ninth inning and escaped game 1 with a 6-3 win over the Cards.

The Cardinals had this one in the bag until Ryan Helsley, their All-Star closer, suffered an ugly meltdown in the top of the ninth inning.

He struck out Rhys Hoskins to open the inning then allowed a single to J.T. Realmuto. After Realmuto’s hit, Helsley completely lost the strike zone. He walked Bryce Harper and Nick Castellanos to load the bases then hit Alec Bohm with a 100.8 mph fastball to send home the Phillies’ first run.

After hitting Bohm, Helsley departed with an apparent injury and Andre Pallante came on to face Jean Segura with the bases loaded.

Segura, playing in his first postseason game after 10 seasons in the majors, delivered the tying and go-ahead runs with a ground ball single to right through the Cardinals’ infield, which was playing halfway.

6H AGO

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