The Philadelphia Phillies stay home to face the Pittsburgh Pirates after sweeping the New York Mets in a 4 game series. The Phils look to clinch a wildcard spot. However, the Pittsburgh Pirates have some good momentum heading into this series after taking 2 out of 3 from the Cincinnati Reds. Philly clinched the top Wild Card spot in the NL with a win in the Pirates series. The Phillies finished the regular season at Citizens Bank Park with style.
Staying the Course
Aaron Nola was on the hill looking for a win and for the Phillies to lock up a postseason spot. Aaron Nola normally has issues getting through the 4th or 5th inning. This wasn’t the case by any stretch. Aaron Nola threw 90 pitches, with 8k”s only allowed 4 hits. He was throwing some nasty stuff. The fast ball’s knuckle curve was really solid. Aaron Nola pitched through 7 innings.
This was one of the best pitching performances that I’ve seen from Nola in a while. Aaron Nola was in his zone, pitching with ice in his veins! Aaron Nola struck out Ke’Bryan Hayes three times. alone. Now Aaron Nola was facing Pirates pitcher Mitch Keller. who had 6k’s of his own. However, Aaron Nola knew he had to go the distance. Nola had one goal in his mind: to win, and he would not let any deficiencies throw him off his game.
The Phillies Offense Has No Quit
Everyone on this offense has stepped up from lead-off man to bench player. Phillies are finding ways to stack runs on the board. Phillies offense is ranked 6th in ops. 8th in hits, 6th in doubles, 7th, in triples, 9th in home runs and 8th in rbis. Just like game two of this series, the Pirates were up throughout the course of the game. Ranger Suarez was struggling on the hill, giving up bad pitches. However, every time the Phillies faced adversity, the offense was there to come through. When being down the series.
Brandon Marsh would get on the scoreboard first in this series with a huge home run deep to center in the 6th inning. Bryce Harper with a Sac fly to drive in Trea Turner. The Pittsburgh Pirates were battling back 2-2 heading into extra innings. With a walk-off, Johan Rojas hit up the middle, then Cristian Poche would score. The Phillies clinched a postseason spot. Heading back to the postseason for their 16 appearance.
In game 2, as mentioned before, the Phillies were down in the game. Phillies find themselves in a 5-run hole and backup catcher Garrett Stubbs with a 3-run blast to right field. Edmundo Sosa knocked a homer to left. Bryce Harper was the MVP of the game, with two doubles and a home run. Even though the Phillies lost the third game. The offense came up big. Kyle Schwaber kicks things off with a home run. Trea Turner Phillis is the player of the game with two doubles and a single, and he stole third base with an era trying to get him out. Then Trea Turner takes home plate.
Looking at the Post Season
The Phillies bullpen, other than last night, has been getting better. Greg Sotto, Jeff Hoffman, Sir Anthony Jose Alverdo, Dylan Covey, and now Micheal Loreazen are back there. And if the starting pitching can be serviceable, the Phillies will find themselves back to the World Series.
Pat Bernard has four years of podcasting. His first year with the Pattison Ave Phantics and four years running Devereaux Sports. Now currently, both Devereaux Sports and Edge of Sports. Pat is a for 6 Philly sports fan. Flyers, Phillies, Eagles, Sixers, Wings, and Union. The Gobbler is a former pro wrestler and ACPW Hall of Famer! He is originally out of Ambler from Northeast Philly (by the Tacony Bridge). Pat is a credentialed Philadelphia Wings Beat Reported under Edge of Philly Sports.