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PHILADELPHIA, PENNSYLVANIA - OCTOBER 17: Merrill Kelly #29 of the Arizona Diamondbacks throws a first inning pitch against the Philadelphia Phillies during Game Two of the Championship Series at Citizens Bank Park on October 17, 2023 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

It got a little bit ugly out in Arizona. After jumping out to a 2-0 lead in the NLCS, the Phillies dropped the first two games out there. But thankfully game 5 went a bit better. The bats woke up, hanging 6 runs total off Zac Gallen and the DBacks bullpen. And Zack Wheeler and the Phillies bullpen mostly shut down the DBacks lineup, holding them to just 1 run. And now they get to come home for game 6. It will be a rematch of game 2, Aaron Nola vs Merrill Kelly.

Merrill Kelly did not have the best of nights in that game 2. It could have gone worse. He gave up 4 earned runs, including 3 solo shots. But those 3 solo shots were the only hits he gave up. Two to Schwarber, and one in the first inning to Trea Turner.

And of course, there is the whole storyline of how Kelly cast some doubt on Phillies fans before game 2. He for some reason said that the crowd would not be as loud as the crowd at the World Baseball Classic. He claims his words were taken out of context, but we can look at his exact words. 

“I obviously haven’t heard this place on the field, but I would be very surprised if it trumped that Venezuela game down in Miami. When Trea hit that grand slam… I don’t think I’ve ever experienced an atmosphere like that so I hope that this isn’t louder than that.”

He challenged Phillies fans, and they answered. And now with it being game 6, with a chance to clinch a trip to the World Series on the line, fans will be even louder, if that is possible. And if Aaron Nola looks as good as he did in game 2, and the Phillies get to Kelly like they did in game 2, there may not be a game 7.

Here is how the Phillies have hit against Merrill Kelly in the past:

  • Kyle Schwarber

    PHOENIX, ARIZONA - OCTOBER 21: Kyle Schwarber #12 of the Philadelphia Phillies hits a solo home run against Zac Gallen #23 of the Arizona Diamondbacks during the sixth inning in Game Five of the National League Championship Series at Chase Field on October 21, 2023 in Phoenix, Arizona.

    (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)

    .300/.364/.900/.1.264

    3 for 10, 2 HRs, 0 2Bs, 0 3Bs, 2 RBIs, 1 BB, 4 Ks

  • Trea Turner

    PHOENIX, ARIZONA - OCTOBER 20: Trea Turner #7 of the Philadelphia Phillies hits a single in the first inning against the Arizona Diamondbacks during Game Four of the National League Championship Series at Chase Field on October 20, 2023 in Phoenix, Arizona.

    (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)

    .455/.556/.727/1.283

    10 for 22, 1 HR, 3 2Bs, 0 3B, 7 RBIs, 5 BBs, 3 Ks

  • Bryce Harper

    PHOENIX, ARIZONA - OCTOBER 21: Bryce Harper #3 of the Philadelphia Phillies hits a solo home run against Zac Gallen #23 of the Arizona Diamondbacks during the sixth inning in Game Five of the National League Championship Series at Chase Field on October 21, 2023 in Phoenix, Arizona.

    (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)

    .143/.333/.143/.476

    1 for 7, 0 HRs, 0 2Bs, 0 3Bs, 0 RBIs, 2 BBs, 1 K

  • Alec Bohm

    PHOENIX, ARIZONA - OCTOBER 20: Alec Bohm #28 of the Philadelphia Phillies hits a single against the Arizona Diamondbacks in the sixth inning during Game Four of the National League Championship Series at Chase Field on October 20, 2023 in Phoenix, Arizona.

    (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)

    .000/.000/.000/.000 

    0 for 3, 0 HRs, 0 2Bs, 0 3Bs, 0 RBIs, 0 BBs, 0 Ks 

  • Bryson Stott

    PHOENIX, ARIZONA - OCTOBER 21: Bryson Stott #5 of the Philadelphia Phillies hits an RBI single to score Kyle Schwarber #12 against Zac Gallen #23 of the Arizona Diamondbacks during the first inning in Game Five of the National League Championship Series at Chase Field on October 21, 2023 in Phoenix, Arizona.

    (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)

    .200/.200/.600/.800 

    1 for 5, 0 HRs, 0 2Bs, 1 3B, 0 RBIS, 0 BB, 0 Ks 

  • JT Realmuto

    PHOENIX, ARIZONA - OCTOBER 21: J.T. Realmuto #10 of the Philadelphia Phillies celebrates with Bryce Harper #3 after hitting a two run home run against Luis Frias #65 of the Arizona Diamondbacks during the eighth inning in Game Five of the National League Championship Series at Chase Field on October 21, 2023 in Phoenix, Arizona.

    (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)

    .273/.273/.636/.909

    3 for 11, 1 HR, 1 2B, 0 3B, 3 RBIs, 0 BBs, 2 Ks

  • Nick Castellanos

    PHOENIX, ARIZONA - OCTOBER 20: Nick Castellanos #8 of the Philadelphia Phillies reacts after striking out against the Arizona Diamondbacks in the third inning during Game Four of the National League Championship Series at Chase Field on October 20, 2023 in Phoenix, Arizona.

    (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)

    .000/.000/.000/.000

    0 for 5, 0 HRs, 0 2Bs, 0 3Bs, 0 RBIs, 0 BBs, 3 Ks

  • Brandon Marsh

    PHOENIX, ARIZONA - OCTOBER 20: Brandon Marsh #16 of the Philadelphia Phillies reaches second base on his RBI double against the Arizona Diamondbacks in the fifth inning during Game Four of the National League Championship Series at Chase Field on October 20, 2023 in Phoenix, Arizona.

    (Photo by Norm Hall/Getty Images)

    .000/.000/.000/.000 

    0 for 4, 0 HRs, 0 2Bs, 0 3Bs, 0 RBIs, 0 BBs, 2 Ks 

  • Johan Rojas

    PHOENIX, ARIZONA - OCTOBER 20: Johan Rojas #18 of the Philadelphia Phillies celebrates his triple against the Arizona Diamondbacks in the seventh inning during Game Four of the National League Championship Series at Chase Field on October 20, 2023 in Phoenix, Arizona.

    (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)

    .000/.000/.000/.000

    O for 2, 0 HRs, 0 2Bs, 0 3Bs, 0 RBIs, 0 BBs, 2 Ks

  • Totals

    PHILADELPHIA, PENNSYLVANIA - OCTOBER 17: Merrill Kelly #29 of the Arizona Diamondbacks throws a first inning pitch against the Philadelphia Phillies during Game Two of the Championship Series at Citizens Bank Park on October 17, 2023 in Philadelphia,

    Pennsylvania. (Photo by Sarah Stier/Getty Images)

    .256/.333/.487/.821

    20 for 78, 4 HRs, 4 2Bs, 1 3B, 13 RBIs, 9 BBs, 20 Ks

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