MLB live updates, takeaways: Padres, Astros and Phils move on, Guardians put Yankees on the brink (2024)

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Oct 16, 2022, 05:58 AM

Eight teams started Saturday still in the 2022 postseason. After today's league division series games, that number shrank considerably.

The Philadelphia Phillies eliminated the Atlanta Braves with an 8-3 National League Division Series Game 4 victory that had Philly's Citizens Bank Park rocking.

The Seattle Mariners played their first home playoff game in more than 20 years, but they couldn't avert a sweep by the Houston Astros. And the San Diego Padres knocked out the 111-win Los Angeles Dodgers after rallying for a 5-3 victory in Game 4.

The American League Division Series matchup between the New York Yankees and Cleveland Guardians was split after the first two games in the Bronx. But the Guardians pushed the 99-win Yankees to the brink of elimination with a walk-off win in Game 3.

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Los Angeles Dodgers at San Diego Padres

Padres win series 3-1

Takeaways

The Padres have slayed the "dragon up the freeway," to borrow a phrase from their owner, Peter Seidler. They won three consecutive NLDS games to eliminate a star-studded Dodgers team that dominated them throughout the regular season, and they seem to be operating at a completely different level at this juncture. They're getting solid-to-great starting pitching and playing stellar defense behind it. The back end of their bullpen is dominating. And they're stringing together timely hits, never more so than in the five-run seventh inning that produced an epic comeback on Saturday night.

Perhaps just as important, they're playing with an extreme level of confidence. Eliminating the Mets and Dodgers, two teams that combined to win 212 games during the regular season, will do that. Now they'll have home-field advantage in an NLCS showdown against the similarly hot Phillies. And given the energy at Petco Park these past two nights, that could be a major lift. -- Alden Gonzalez

San Diego's first lead of the game

HE IS HIM. #CaptureTheMoment pic.twitter.com/VYUX81hImH

— San Diego Padres (@Padres) October 16, 2022

Padres tie things up

Count it as a Run Batted Aust-In! #CaptureTheMoment pic.twitter.com/MUc3CRn8k6

— San Diego Padres (@Padres) October 16, 2022

HA. SEONG. KING. #CaptureTheMoment pic.twitter.com/dzu8GX6hm1

— San Diego Padres (@Padres) October 16, 2022

JUAN. SOTO.

The @Padres have come back to tie it! #postseason pic.twitter.com/XPefj5gRtm

— MLB (@MLB) October 16, 2022

Trayce Thompson flashes the leather

TRAYCE THOMPSON! pic.twitter.com/u4jNsnu5mL

— Los Angeles Dodgers (@Dodgers) October 16, 2022

Dodgers strike first

Freddie clutch! pic.twitter.com/Lk6PZKQ8wJ

— Los Angeles Dodgers (@Dodgers) October 16, 2022

Some pregame news

Congratulations to Cara and Will Smith on the birth of their beautiful baby girl who was born this morning. Both mom and baby are doing well.

— Los Angeles Dodgers (@Dodgers) October 16, 2022

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New York Yankees at Cleveland Guardians

Guardians lead series 2-1

Game 3 takeaways

It might seem impossible to win without going big on offense in the postseason, but don't tell that to the plucky Guardians. The Yankees hit three homers, including a 449-foot moon shot by struggling slugger Aaron Judge. But the Guardians kept blooping pitches into the outfield and looping little liners to the opposite field -- and before you knew, it added up to some real offense. The Yankees tried to close it out with a combination of Wandy Peralta and Clarke Schmidt, but Cleveland kept blooping and looping until the bases were loaded for frequent postseason hero Oscar Gonzalez, who singled softly through the middle, scoring two runs for a walk-off win in the ninth inning as a sellout crowd at Progressive Field set the grandstand shuddering. It turns out a slingshot offense actually can get it done in October, and when it does, it's awfully fun to watch. -- Bradford Doolittle

Cleveland walks it off

OSCAR THE CLUTCH! #POSTSEASON pic.twitter.com/6ZJUW8JSgI

— MLB (@MLB) October 16, 2022

Guardians' lead is short-lived

Silly Willy.#ForTheLand pic.twitter.com/qrLo9w06dV

— Cleveland Guardians (@CleGuardians) October 16, 2022

He done did it again. pic.twitter.com/ySJbwH6Azk

— New York Yankees (@Yankees) October 16, 2022

Yankees add to the lead

Cabrera CRUSH 💥 pic.twitter.com/NlmUTFuqcW

— New York Yankees (@Yankees) October 16, 2022

You think Oswaldo knew this was gone?! #postseason pic.twitter.com/1Mlv9pIYYE

— MLB (@MLB) October 16, 2022

All rise ... finally

Brand new ballgame 👨‍⚖️ pic.twitter.com/Kd3NoEjVqp

— New York Yankees (@Yankees) October 16, 2022

Aaron Judge's first hit of the postseason is a game-tying two-run homer. Prior to that, Judge had been 0-9, with eight strikeouts this postseason. According to ESPN Stats & Information, that was Judge's 12th career postseason home run, which broke a tie with Bernie Williams for the third most by a Yankee through the age-30 season. Judge trails only Mickey Mantle (14 home runs in 54 games) and Derek Jeter (14 HRs in 110 games).

Guardians strike first (and second)

Real ones have been here since day one.#ForTheLand pic.twitter.com/wLHsoYjfah

— Cleveland Guardians (@CleGuardians) October 16, 2022

Ay Nay Nay.#ForTheLand pic.twitter.com/g3On6Ith3m

— Cleveland Guardians (@CleGuardians) October 16, 2022

Get 'em on. Get 'em over. Get 'em in.#ForTheLand pic.twitter.com/61figmJTfD

— Cleveland Guardians (@CleGuardians) October 16, 2022

Cleveland is ready to rock

A house party on a Saturday night.

Say less.#ForTheLand pic.twitter.com/S6DE50zgYs

— Cleveland Guardians (@CleGuardians) October 15, 2022

Saturday Showdown. #RepBX pic.twitter.com/3oSgwQgsMj

— New York Yankees (@Yankees) October 15, 2022

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Houston Astros at Seattle Mariners

Astros win series 3-0

Takeaways

The game that felt like it might never end finally did, at 7:31 p.m. local time -- 6 hours, 22 minutes after it started, 18 innings deep, on account of one bad pitch.

Jeremy Pena, the rookie shortstop for the Houston Astros, hammered a hanging slider from Seattle Mariners rookie Penn Murfee to center field, breaking the longest scoreless tie in playoff history and leading the Astros to a 1-0 victory.

In a game that had as many pitchers as hits (18), with a postseason-record 42 strikeouts, no errors and incredibly clean baseball, the Astros advanced to their sixth consecutive AL Championship Series, sweeping their division rivals and illustrating again that whether it's a slugfest or a pitching duel, they're as equipped as any team to triumph. -- Jeff Passan

Houston completes the sweep

FINAL in 18: Astros 1, Mariners 0

Jeremy Peña's solo home run to lead off the top of the 18th sends Houston to its sixth straight ALCS.

Seattle's first home playoff game in 21 years goes as long as any in postseason history. Amazing atmosphere. Wonderful season. Tough ending.

— Jeff Passan (@JeffPassan) October 16, 2022

Astros (finally) get on the board first

JEREMY PEÑA BREAKS THE ICE IN THE 18TH! #postseason pic.twitter.com/4EkefQ91U3

— MLB (@MLB) October 16, 2022

They're still scoreless in Seattle

FIVE-TOOL PLAYER JULIO RODRIGUEZ pic.twitter.com/r09OGHJML1

— Joon Lee (@joonlee) October 16, 2022

Astros-Mariners is going to the 16th inning. Here are the numbers so far.

- Hitters are 14 for 101
- Of those 14 hits, 12 were singles and two doubles
- Pitchers have struck out 37 hitters and issued three walks
- There have been 425 pitches thrown
- Total runs scored: zero

— Jeff Passan (@JeffPassan) October 16, 2022

Wait, what just happened?

Just your everyday double play. #EmbraceTheChaos pic.twitter.com/RPGhgRSOdy

— Seattle Mariners (@Mariners) October 15, 2022

Hail to the king

Return of the King 👑

Felix Hernandez is back in Seattle for the Mariners first playoff game since 2001!

(via @MarlyRiveraESPN)pic.twitter.com/VYN85bX1nV

— FOX Sports: MLB (@MLBONFOX) October 15, 2022

Forever our King 👑 pic.twitter.com/PO1Jlz0Sen

— Seattle Mariners (@Mariners) October 15, 2022

Arrivals

✨ that light tho ✨ pic.twitter.com/5gNSFlwbzO

— Seattle Mariners (@Mariners) October 15, 2022

Win. pic.twitter.com/KGvAE3aExY

— Houston Astros (@astros) October 15, 2022

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Philadelphia Phillies 8, Atlanta Braves 3

Phillies win series 3-1

Takeaways

Once again, Major League Baseball will not have a repeat World Series champion after the Phillies bounced the Braves from the postseason with a resounding 8-3 victory in Game 4 of their NLDS.

Just as they did in all three of their wins in the series, the Phillies jumped to an early lead that had Atlanta playing chase pretty much from the beginning. And for the second day in a row, it was a party from start to finish at a raucous Citizens Bank Park.

Instead of a bat-spike home run celebration providing the signature moment like it did in Game 3, the highlight on Saturday was a spring around the bases. In the third inning, J.T. Realmuto became the first catcher in postseason history to hit an inside-the-park home run, one inning after Brandon Marsh ignited the crowd with a three-run blast.

Two things are clear no matter who Philly faces in the NLCS: This team that found new life earlier in the season when manager Rob Thomson took over won't be an easy out for anyone; and when the Phillies take the field at home in an NLCS for the first time since 2010 on Friday, it's going to be quite a scene in Philadelphia. -- Jesse Rogers

Bryce adds the exclamation point

.@bryceharper3 with the exclamation point! #Postseason pic.twitter.com/5Xs4ZyIcHC

— MLB (@MLB) October 15, 2022

Phillies piling on

Rhys Hoskins drives in another run!

📺: FS1 and the FOX Sports App pic.twitter.com/C6yF1UfXfL

— FOX Sports: MLB (@MLBONFOX) October 15, 2022

J.T. Realmuto is SPEED! @Phillies lead 6-2!

📺: FS1 and the FOX Sports App pic.twitter.com/jwCXSPwBhC

— FOX Sports: MLB (@MLBONFOX) October 15, 2022

The Phillies are pouring it on! Philadelphia fans can feel it!

📺: FS1 and the FOX Sports App pic.twitter.com/T2hReNtECD

— FOX Sports: MLB (@MLBONFOX) October 15, 2022

J.T. Realmuto has wheels

🚨 INSIDE-THE-PARK HOME RUN 🚨#POSTSEASON pic.twitter.com/pX1BrApZrU

— MLB (@MLB) October 15, 2022

According to ESPN Stats & Information, that is the first inside-the-park home run by a catcher in the postseason and the first time any Phillies player has done it in the playoffs.

Braves get one back

Ar-SEE YA!

A solo shot gets the @Braves on the board!

📺: FS1 and the FOX Sports App pic.twitter.com/4OHCrok5O1

— FOX Sports: MLB (@MLBONFOX) October 15, 2022

Phillies strike big first blow

Charlie Morton stayed in the game after being hit in the elbow by a comebacker

📺: FS1 and the FOX Sports App pic.twitter.com/VMvRR3KiIc

— FOX Sports: MLB (@MLBONFOX) October 15, 2022

THIS IS MARSH!!!!!!!!! #Postseason pic.twitter.com/xOitZ3UPts

— MLB (@MLB) October 15, 2022

Dawn Staley is hyped

I think I'm appropriately dressed for today's big day.....you PHEEL-EASE?!! 🤣🤣🤣 Philly we ready?!! Then let's goooooo @Phillies! Our time! pic.twitter.com/8ceNVTiaNU

— dawnstaley (@dawnstaley) October 15, 2022

The Philadelphia native knows a bit about winning when it counts.

Is Blooper nervous?

positive vibes only

— Blooper (@BlooperBraves) October 15, 2022

day game in the city that spawned the Day Man, we're gonna have to fire on all cylinders

— Blooper (@BlooperBraves) October 15, 2022

Arrivals

The fellas pic.twitter.com/RrNSBWkmD6

— Philadelphia Phillies (@Phillies) October 15, 2022
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