Clinched! Nola’s Gem Propels the Phillies to their First Postseason Berth in 11-years

Aaron Nola took a perfect game into the seventh inning helping propel the Philadelphia Phillies to a 3-0 victory over the Houston Astros. The win gives the Phillies their first playoff berth since the 2011 season.

Nola was simply dominate. The Phillies ace went 6-2/3 innings allowing two hits, no runs, no walks, while striking out nine. The outing was exactly what the Phillies were looking for with a playoff spot on the line.

The Phillies offense gave Nola an early lead.

Kyle Schwarber hit a solo home run on the first pitch of the game to give the Phillies a 1-0 lead. Schwarber would add another homer, his 46th, in the 8th on the back end of back-to-back homers with Bryson Stott. The back-to-back homers gave a 3-0 lead.

Jose Alvarado came relieved Nola and was absolutely filthy. The lefty went 1.1 innings and struck out three. He was nearly as untouchable as Nola,

Former starter Zach Eflin shut down the Astros in the ninth to send the Phillies to the postseason. The save was Eflin’s first ever save.

The Phillies will likely play the St. Louis Cardinals in the three-game NL Wild Card Round. The series is set to start on Friday, October 7 with all games taking place on the road.


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