Philadelphia Phillies advance to World Series for first time since 2009


The Philadelphia Phillies qualified for the World Series after beating the San Diego Padres four games to one in the National League Championship Series. The Phillies won Sunday’s decisive fifth game by a score of 4-3.

The Phillies trailed in the eighth inning of the game before slugger Bryce Harper hit a two-run homer, his fifth of the playoffs, to put Philadelphia ahead. Harper was named NLCS Most Valuable Player after racking up eight hits, five RBIs and two homers in the series.

Philadelphia is moving on to its first World Series since 2009 and seeking its first championship since 2008.

The Phillies await the winner of the American League Championship Series between the Houston Astros and the New York Yankees, which the Astros lead three games to nil.

Philadelphia entered the playoffs as the last wildcard team in the National League after finishing third in its division with an 87-75 regular season record.

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