Phillies Upset the Cardinals to Make NLDS for the First Time Since 2011

Aaron Nola with the Philadelphia Phillies
Aaron Nola with the Philadelphia Phillies. Photo by Chris Szagola/CSM/REX/Shutterstock (9769566b)

The Philadelphia Phillies might have sneaked into the playoffs as the third team from the NL East. But despite this, they definitely showed they belong in the postseason after sweeping the favored St. Louis Cardinals in two games in the NL Wild Card game.

After overcoming a two-run deficit in the ninth inning to win the Game 6-3, the Phillies showed more resilience in Game 2. Thanks to Bryce Harper’s 435 feet homer in the top of the second inning and a strong pitching performance from ace Aaron Nola, Philadelphia walked away with a 2-0 win and secured its first NLDS appearance since 2011.

There was a lot of excitement in the Phillies’ clubhouse, considering that the franchise is having its first postseason run in more than a decade.

“Everybody in that clubhouse, on this team, in this organization is super excited,” Nola said after the game. “Just a bunch of unselfish guys, doing whatever it takes to win a ballgame, no matter what it is. It’s a lot of excitement.”

Thanks to the sweep, the Philadelphia Phillies got one additional day of rest to prepare for the NL East champions, the Atlanta Braves. The two teams will meet in Game 1 of the 2022 NLDS on Tuesday. The Braves have an 11-8 edge over the Phillies this season.

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