For the first time since 2011, the Philadelphia Phillies are going to the postseason.
The Phillies beat the Houston Astros 3-0 Monday night, securing a Wild Card berth and eliminating the Milwaukee Brewers from postseason play.
It has been a season full of challenges for Philadelphia, firing their manager – Joe Girardi – in June after a 22-29 start to the 2022 MLB season,
and being without the services of two-time MVP Bryce Harper for two months of the regular season.
Interim manager Rob Thomson took over for Girardi following the early season firing,
Guiding the roster through a stretch in September that saw the Phillies go on two five-game losing streaks.
Thomson told his team following Monday’s playoff-clinching win, according to ESPN. "After Wednesday, we've got 13 more wins, and we're world champions.
Phillies starter Aaron Nola pitched six and ⅔ innings of two-hit baseball, striking out nine and walking zero before closer Zach Eflin came in for the ninth inning save.
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."