Phillies and Dodgers Open National League Championship Series at Citizens Bank Park

NLCS: How the Phillies Decided to Travel Home Early & Why They Were Right The Phillies and Dodgers opened the National League Championship Series at home Sunday afternoon, and it was all anybody could…

Phillies and Dodgers Open National League Championship Series at Citizens Bank Park

NLCS: How the Phillies Decided to Travel Home Early & Why They Were Right

The Phillies and Dodgers opened the National League Championship Series at home Sunday afternoon, and it was all anybody could talk about. They’ve won the two meetings they’ve played in Philadelphia (1993 and 2000) on their home field, and they won the series four straight from 1962 to 1966. But as much as they wanted to finish the three-year run there in a sweep, the series began with a surprise and ended with drama.

The Phillies (67-24) scored a run in Game 1 and then two runs in the bottom of the inning of Game 2.

They did it with three hits; the biggest by Chase Utley, who had two doubles and a triple. Then they won the day, 7-4, while the Dodgers (56-48) didn’t score in Game 1 against Jimmy Rollins and Juan Pierre and won Game 2, 7-2, as Carlos Ruiz homered.

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It was the first time in a postseason series since the Yankees of the ’80s won the World Series in six games against the Rockies two years ago and the first time since 1968, when the Red Sox won it all in six on the strength of seven home runs from Roger Clemens. It was the first time since 2006, when the Phillies won the division, when the Braves were swept in the NLDS, when the Dodgers won their first championship, and when the Giants won the World Series. And it was the first time since 2011, when the Phillies won the World Series in five.

The Phillies haven’t won in front of their hometown fans at Citizens Bank Park since Game 6 of the 1990 World Series. They lost 8-5, and their last home victory in front of them was on June 19, 2004, against the Braves. The only other time they’ve won there was in Game 3 of the 1995 World Series in front of a crowd of 52,917 against the Braves.

The Phillies will go back home to Citizens Bank Park on Tuesday against the Reds for Game 3, and they’ll go back home to Philadelphia on Wednesday for Game 4:

The game will be televised by Fox and be broadcast on the major national networks beginning at 7 p.

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