Phillies reduces magic number to 9 with his second straight win over the Braves

The Phillies reduced the magic number to 9 with the second straight win over the Braves that originally appeared on NBC Sports Philadelphia.

Aaron Nola is the longest-serving Philly. Rhys Hoskins is not far behind. During their time with the club, they never played in a post-season game. They both want it to happen this year. in a bad manner. On Friday night, they backed up their desire with two clutch performances in a very important driving stretch victory over the Atlanta Braves at Citizens Bank Park.

Nola made six playoffs and Hoskins led the home four games in a 9-1 victory.

The win pushed the Phils a little closer to a place they haven’t been to since 2011 – a postseason. They are caught up in a three-team battle with San Diego and Milwaukee in the last two NL wild cards locations. Phils leads the Padres by half a game while the Brewers leads by 2. They also have tie breaks on both teams.

There are 12 games left in the regular season and Phils’ magic number for post-season entry is 9.

“We have to keep our focus,” Nola said after the win. “Stay on the winning train. We can’t get too far ahead of ourselves. Focus on ourselves and at the end of the day you will do the right thing. Focus on winning tomorrow.”

Nola got a break before the match started as Braves star Ronald Acuna Jr. did not start for the second night in a row due to lower back pain. Six days ago, Akuna Jr. almost single-handedly beat NOLA with Homer twice and doubled it twice in Atlanta. The Braves swept that three-game series. The Phillies won the first two of this four-game series, with left-wing Billy Walter set to face 19-game winner Kyle Wright on Saturday afternoon.

Nola, who debuted with Velez in 2015, has faced the Braves 29 times in his career with 23 of them submitted since the start of 2018. There are no secrets between the two sides. Beating a team that sees you often requires careful execution of tone, from position to shifting gears. Nola had a little bit of everything going on in this. He wasn’t as economical as he would have liked, throwing 104 throws in six rounds, but he did get 17 swings and misses, five on the curveball, four each on the four-and-a-change fastball, three on the cutter and one on his weight. Only four hits allowed, he walked three times and hit eight.

“It was bad,” Hoskins said.

Poor NOLA has been plagued by September in recent seasons. These were pretty good The Phillies won three of their four starts this month and only allowed five earned runs in 21 2/3 runs for the 2.08 ERA. He has 28 hits in those four starts.

“We knew we were really going to need him, especially with (Zach) Wheeler just coming back, and he’s really advanced,” Hoskins said.

Nola added, “I’m getting results and that’s fun now.”

Running the support was, at times, a problem for Nola, but it wasn’t into that one. Phils’ attack hit four runs against Jake Odorizzi in the second and another four in the fourth.

“I fell behind a lot and I had to work really hard,” Nola said. “The guys were swinging bats like crazy and that was cool. They gave us the lead early on and that’s always great against a team like this.”

Hoskins was in the middle of it all for Phils. He reached the base four times, single, double, homer, and walk. He drove in two rounds with a double in the second and two more with Homer in the fourth. He even made an impressive defensive play at first base behind Nola in the second half.

“It was nice to jump on them early,” Hoskins said. “Putting four in Odorizzi after beating us last week in Atlanta was a good sign. It was a better sign that we didn’t stop and kept adding against a good team like this.”

Hoskins, who made his debut with the Phillies in 2017, is now once shy in his second season with the 30-player club. He hit 34 in 2018. He missed a long time with a torn abdomen last season but is still up to 27 in 107 games.

Hit the exhausted Bryce Harper twice, he walked and delivered ran with the sacrifice fly. He’s aged 10 for 67 (.149) this month with 26 strikes.

Phils had only two home games left, both against Atlanta, before finishing with 10 games on the road. The Braves are a potential opponent in the play-off.

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