For the first time since 2011, the Philadelphia Phillies are going to the postseason.
the The Phillies beat the Houston Astros 3-0 on Monday night, clinching a wild card berth and eliminating the Milwaukee Brewers from the postseason.
It’s been a challenging season for Philadelphia, fire your manager – Joe Girardi – in June after a 22-29 start to the 2022 MLB season, and without the services of two-time MVP Bryce Harper for two months of the regular season.
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“I think when we started when I signed here in 2019, I think I said it would take us a couple of years,” Bryce Harper said, according to MLB.com.
“We’re not where we need to be right now, of course. This is Step 1 for hopefully greater success and a greater opportunity to get to where we need to be. But we’re going to enjoy this, we’re going to have fun. There’s nothing like opening bottles in October, and I’m excited to be a part of it.”
interim manager Rob Thomson replaced Girardi following the early-season firing, guiding the roster through a stretch in September that saw the Phillies go through two five-game losing streaks.
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“We’re not done,” Thomson told his team after Monday’s playoff-clinching win, according to ESPN. “After Wednesday, we have 13 more wins and we are world champions.
“Congratulations, enjoy this, you’ve earned it.”
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Phillies starter Aaron Nola pitched 6 ⅔ innings of two-hit baseball, striking out nine and walking no balls before closer Zach Eflin stepped in to save the ninth inning.
“This is exactly what you dream of,” Eflin said. “This is what you want. But we’re just getting started. We want to do this four more times.”
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Philadelphia will be St. Louis Cardinals, National League Central Division champions in the best-of-three Wild Card game. Game 1 is Friday night in St. Louis.