Phillies Clinch Wild Card Berth; Ends 11-Year Drought

AP Photo/David J. Phillip

The drought is over! Philadelphia Phillies ended the now, longest drought in the MLB. The last time they were in the playoffs was 2011. Philadelphia took on the Houston Astros today in an attempt of clinching the playoffs for the first time in 11 years, since 2011. Philadelphia beat Houston 3-0. With Aaron Nola pitching a gem to secure a playoff spot. They took control of their destiny.

Phillies stepped up

Philadelphia took the lead on the very first pitch from Kyle Schwarber, his 45th home run of the year. Aaron Nola, looking to make the playoffs for the first time in his career. Aaron Nola pitched 6.2 innings allowing two hits and nine strikeouts. However, Aaron Nola had a perfect game going through six innings. The first hit for the Astros did not come until the 6th inning. Phillies added two more runs in the top of the eighth inning off of a Bryson Stott solo home run, his tenth of the season

Followed a Kyle Schwarber bomb, the second of the game.

The two home runs were back-to-back. Jose Alvarado came in to finish the seventh and eighth inning. Zach Eflin was moved to the bullpen since he would not get the proper amount of time for a rehab assignment. Eflin came in to close out the game and helped clinch a playoff spot. They won 3-0.

Playoff Matchup

If the season today the Phillies would face off against the St. Louis Cardinals. However, the Phillies are just a game behind the San Diego Padres for the second wild card where they will play the Mets. Phillies took the season series against the Cardinals, winning four of the seven games played against each other. As the Phillies were dealing with starting pitching injuries they set their rotation to set up for wild-card weekend. If the San Diego Padres do fall to the third wild card Philadelphia would face the New York Mets. The MLB wild card weekend is set for October, 7-9. Times vary.

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