If you're an opposing player facing the Philadelphia Phillies, it's probably not a good idea to give their fans any bulletin board material.
Unfortunately for Arizona Diamondbacks pitcher Merrill Kelly, he learned that lesson the hard way.
During his press conference before Game 2, Kelly dissed Phillies fans by saying that they aren't the loudest crowd he's ever heard.
Well, it didn't take long for them to prove him wrong. Kelly got quite an earful from the Philly faithful just while warming up for the game in the bullpen, indicating that he was in for a long night.
All the heckling may have messed with Kelly's preparation, as he gave up a home run to the second batter he faced (Trea Turner). He then surrendered 2 homers to Kyle Schwarber before completely unraveling in the sixth inning, which he was unable to finish. In all, Kelly was charged with 4 runs on 3 hits (all homers) and 3 walks in 5 2/3 innings, taking the loss in the Diamondbacks' 10-0 defeat.
After the game, a frustrated Kelly tried to walk back his comments, saying they were "taken out of context." Yeah. Right. Sure they were.
Kelly poked the bear and got mauled. The Phillies are now 6-0 at Citizens Bank Park this postseason, and their electric home crowd is a big reason why.
Luckily for Kelly and his teammates, they won't have to deal with a legion of Philadelphia fans for at least a few more days. After dropping the first two games of the series, Arizona returns home for Games 3, 4 and 5 (if necessary).
The Diamondbacks better enjoy home-field advantage while they have it, because if this series returns to Philly for a do-or-die Game 6, Phillies fans are going to be even louder.
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