Aaron Nola pitched six and two-thirds innings on the mound, helping the Philadelphia Phillies eliminate the St. Louis Cardinals in two games in the 1st round of the playoffs with a 2-0 victory on Saturday.
Thus, by all accounts, the careers of two of the greatest players in Cards history, power hitter Albert Pujols and receiver Yadier Molina, ended.
Both veterans said the 2022 season will be their last in Major League Baseball.
It could also be a swan song for 41-year-old veteran pitcher Adam Wainwright, who has played for the Cards since the 2005 season.
In the divisional playoffs, the Phillies will face the Atlanta Braves, who earned a berth by virtue of their first place finish in the National Division East standings.
Bryce Harper gave his team the lead with a solo homer in the second inning.
In Harper’s case, it’s his first MLB playoff win since debuting in 2012 with the Washington Nationals.
The 1-0 score held until Kyle Schwarber sent Alec Bohm home with a sacrifice bunt
The Cards tried everything to generate offense, but their two star forwards in Paul Goldschmidt and Nolan Arenado picked a bad time to have a bad time.
The two likely contenders for National League MVP honors, Goldschmidt and Arenado, have a combined one of 15 hits and six strikeouts.
The Cardinals finally got rid of Zach Eflin in the ninth, thanks to back-to-back singles by Corey Dickerson and Molina. However, the rookie-turned-reliever responded by retiring Tommy Edman and ending the game.
Thus, the Phillies won their first series since defeating the Cincinnati Reds in 2010.