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Phillies Head to Arizona with a 2-0 Series Lead in the NLCS 

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Buoyed by an offensive explosion that has the team having put 15 runs on the board over the first two games, the Phillies are taking their bats on the road as they head to Arizona with a 2-0 lead in the NLCS. The Phillies are looking for back-to-back trips to the World Series for the second time in franchise history, with the first coming in 2008 and 2009. 

The Phillies bats were too much for the Diamondbacks to handle and after winning game one 5-3 off of home runs from Bryce Harper, Kyle Schwarber, and Nick Castellanos, the team exploded in game two for a 10-0 blowout victory. In game two, Schwarber tacked on two more home runs, while Trea Turner got in on the action, with a first inning blast of his own to open up the scoring. 

The team has also been helped by some timely pitching from game one starter Zack Wheeler and game two starter Aaron Nola. Wheeler, who moved to 2-0 in the postseason gave up just two runs across six innings, and tacked on eight strikeouts. While Nola moved to 3-0 with his win, allowing no runs and striking out seven across six innings of work. 

The Phillies will look to close out the series on the road as they’ll attempt to sweep the Diamondbacks. Game three is scheduled for 5:07pm on Thursday, October 19th, and game four is at 8:07pm on Friday, October 20th. If necessary, game five will be on Saturday, October 21st in Arizona, before a potential game six and seven come back to Citizens Bank Park on Monday the 23rd and Tuesday the 24th.