After a hot start to the playoffs, Nola is finally faltering for the Phillies

SAN DIEGO (AP) – Aaron Nola and the Philadelphia Phillies have played this postseason. The right-hander got a big lead against the San Diego Padres, but let them get back to the NL Championship Series.

His older brother, Padres catcher Austin Nola, was also in the middle of it.

Aaron Nola made his postseason debut this year and went 2-0 without allowing an earned run in 12 2/3 innings as Philadelphia won the NL wild card round against the St. Louis Cardinals. Louis and upset defending World Series champion Atlanta in the Division Series.

The surprising Phillies came to San Diego and defeated the Padres 2-0 in the NLCS opener behind starter Zack Wheeler and home runs from Bryce Harper and Kyle Schwarber.

But then Aaron Nola and his teammates squandered a great chance to go home with a 2-0 lead in the best-of-seven series.

Cruising with a 4-0 lead, Nola gave up back-to-back solo homers to Brandon Drury and Josh Bell in the second inning.

San Diego isn’t done either. The Padres scored four runs after Nola in the fifth to take a 7-4 lead and never let up en route to an 8-5 victory that tied the series at 1-all.

Austin Nola added insult to injury. After Aaron retired him on a pitch in the second, Austin singled home a run in the fifth that pulled the Padres within 4-3.

Jurickson Profar followed with a single and Juan Soto doubled. Aaron Nola was pulled after striking out Manny Machado, one of his six strikeouts in the game.

He gave up six runs and seven hits in 4 2/3 innings, taking the loss.

The Noll brothers became the first siblings to face off as a pitcher and hitter in the postseason, and just the sixth set of brothers to play against each other in the playoffs.

Aaron had 203 starts — the most of any Phillies pitcher whose entire career was with the team — before making his postseason debut earlier this month against the Cardinals.


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