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Phillies Qualify Against Marlins

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Bryson Stott hit the second grand slam in Philadelphia Phillies postseason history and Aaron Nola pitched seven shutout innings in a performance worthy of a playoff ace.

With this work, the Phillies cruised to a 7-1 victory and a two-game sweep over the Miami Marlins in the National League Wild Card Series on Wednesday night.

The Phillies were convincing

Stott mentioned that he could not clearly remember the moment of the swing, but expressed that he yelled in the direction of the dugout. He also noted that the atmosphere is always very loud from the first pitch every time they play in that stadium.

J.T. Realmuto also homered as the Phillies advanced to another best-of-five game Division Series against Ronald Acuna Jr., Matt Olson and the Atlanta Braves.

Game 1 is Saturday in Atlanta.

The National League champion Phillies finished third last season in the NL East Division with 87 wins and 75 losses, 14 games behind the 101-win Braves, only to beat them in four games in the NL Division Series.

The Braves were even better this season with 104 wins, the best mark in the majors and their sixth consecutive National League East Division crown, achieved last month in Philadelphia, while the Phillies won a wild card again with 90 wins.

The Marlins had a brief respite in the third inning when Jon Berti's deep drive into the left-center field gap hit the glove of left fielder Cristian Pache and resulted in a one-out double.

Berti inexplicably tried to steal third base and was caught by Nola as the pitcher prepared to throw.

Nola noticed Berti's throw and, instead of throwing a ball, simply took a step toward third base and took it out.

These are the kind of smart, crucial plays that helped define the Phillies' postseason runs the past two seasons.

Defeat For Miami Was Inevitable

With fans again waving their red rally towels, many wearing Phillies coveralls popularized by backup catcher Garrett Stubbs, and the team on the brink of the standings, the Phillies had their way with Miami starter Braxton Garrett.

Philadelphia again had six hitters with 20 home runs in the lineup, but, one night after not connecting on home runs in Game 1, they again strung together runs against Garrett.

Kyle Schwarber connected on a driving double to right in the third inning that brought in Pache for a 1-0 lead. Pache raced around the bases from first, his helmet still bouncing on the ground as he slid headfirst into home plate.

Trea Turner, the $300 million shortstop, connected on a driving single that brought in Schwarber for a 2-0 lead.

By then, victory in Game 2 seemed inevitable. After all, there's a reason the Phillies call the postseason Red October. The team simply doesn't lose at Citizens Bank Park. At least, not often.

The Phillies, who won the 2008 World Series at home, improved to 24-11 in the postseason at the park, the best postseason winning percentage for any team in any park.

Realmuto connected for his fourth career postseason home run off David Robertson in the fourth to make it 3-0.

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