Aaron Nola’s Gem Sends The Phillies to the NLDS

Philadelphia Phillies pitcher Aaron Nola threw 6.2 scoreless innings to propel the Phils to a 2-0 victory over the St. Louis Cardinals and a 2-0 series win. With the win, the Phillies will travel to Atlanta for the NLDS against the rival Atlanta Braves.

Nola went 6.2 innings scattering four hits and no runs. He walked one and struck out six Cardinals in his first ever post season start. It marked the second week in a row the Phillies leaned on Nola in a clinching game.

The win gives the Phillies their first postseason series win since the 2010 NLDS against Cincinnati.

Bryce Harper got Phillies on the board in the 2nd with a monster solo home run off of Cardinals starter Miles Mikolas. It turned out to be the game winner.

Kyle Schwarber gave the Phils a 2-0 lead with a sacrifice fly in the 5th. While the two runs were enough, the Phillies squandered multiple opportunities to add on in the 6th and 7th innings.

The Cardinals threatened in the 8th, bringing the winning run to the plate after a Lars Noothbaar walk by Alverado and Albert Pujols single off Seranthony Dominguez. However, Dominguez was able to strike out Paul Goldschmidt and Nolan Arenado back-to-back to end the Cardinals threat.

For the second day in a row, the Phillies turned to former starter Zach Eflin to finish off the Cardinals.

Eflin got the first two batters—Brendan Donovan and Juan Yepez— to fly out before giving up back-to-back singles to Corey Dickerson and Yadier Molina. He followed by forcing Tommy Edman to pop out to Edmundo Sosa in foul territory to end the ballgame.


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