Gibson pitches in NLCS

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Greenfield native Kyle Gibson pitches during his minor league start with the Rochester Red Wings against the Indianapolis Indians in Indianapolis on Thursday, July 27, 2017. (Tom Russo | Daily Reporter)

Greenfield’s Kyle Gibson threw 1.1 innings of relief for the Philadelphia Phillies in Wednesday’s National League Championship Series game against the San Diego Padres.

In Game 2 of the seven-game series, Gibson entered the game, at San Diego’s Petco Park, with the Phillies trailing in the seventh inning.

He faced six batters. Gibson gave up one hit, struck out one, walked one and had an assist on a putout.

The Phillies lost the game 8-5.

The series is tied 1-1 and resumes in Philadelphia at Citizens Bank Park on Friday.

Normally a starting pitcher, it was Gibson’s first work of the postseason for the Phillies, winners of a three-game Wild Card Series over the St. Louis Cardinals and five-game National League Divisional Series against the defending World Series champion Atlanta Braves.

Gibson had 31 appearances, all starts, during the regular season. He went 10-8 with a 5.05 earned run average.

It was the second postseason appearance of his 10-year major league career and first since 2019 when he threw one inning of relief for the Minnesota Twins in an American League Divisional Series.

The 6-feet, 6-inch, 34-year old right-hander, who starred at Greenfield-Central High School and the University of Missouri before being a 2009 first-round draft choice of the Twins, has pitched for three clubs in the big leagues. He spent seven seasons with the Twins before pitching one-plus seasons with the Texas Rangers. He was traded to the Phillies in 2021 and is in his first full season in the National League.

Gibson was an MLB All-Star with the Rangers in 2021.