HOUSTON – It looked so perfect Aaron Nola On the hill on a Monday night in Minute Maid Park.
He’s tested just about everything with Phillies over the past eight seasons.
Everything except postseason. But that changed on Monday. Nola played a perfect match in the seventh inning in A 3-0 win over Houston To help Philadelphia finish their first post-season trip since 2011. The Phillies entered the game with their magic number in one. They only needed one win or one loss from the Brewers.
Milwaukee did not cooperate.
It doesn’t matter, because Nola gave his best in the most important game of his career. Kyle Schwarber hit the first court of the game from right-handed Astros Lance McCullers Jr. to the center-left field to give the Phillies a 1-0 lead. Nola hit the nine, blending diver, curveball and four-stitch fastball beautifully. He had a perfect match with two wins in the seventh inning, when he succumbed to the oath of Yordan Alvarez. David Hensley followed with another song.
Interim manager Rob Thompson called Jose Alvarado from the parking lot. Nola walked out of the heap without a hint of emotion.
It looked like any other beginning to him.
But it wasn’t. This was the Phillies’ biggest game in 11 years. And help them win it.
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