When the Philadelphia Phillies played in Houston, Aaron Nola was not even nearly flawless for the team.
The Phillies returned from a 5-0 hole to win Game 1 of the World Series 6-5 on J.T. Realmuto’s third postseason home run, starting the 10th inning. Nola departed the game after 4 1/3 innings, but he retired the next six batters he encountered to leave the game tied.
Regarding the reversal of fortunes for the team, Nola expressed complete certainty. During the entirety of play in the game. To put it another way, we’ve completed this task before.
In a game against the Astros that took place a little over three and a half weeks ago at Minute Maid Park, Nola pitched a perfect match for the first six and two-thirds innings before allowing two hits. That night, Philadelphia triumphed 3-0 to win its first berth in the playoffs since 2011. The Phillies are in the World Series for the first time since 2009, marking the 10th anniversary of the franchise’s last appearance in the fall classic.
Nola got off to a strong start when he retired the first two batters he faced in a row, including the three-time Batting Champion Jose Altuve and the Most Valuable Player of the American League Championship Series, Jeremy Pea.
Nevertheless, Kyle Tucker hit two home runs off of the right-handed pitcher for the Phillies. Tucker homered to start the second inning, and then he took his time at the plate in the bottom of the inning, only to have a 95 mph sinker go left over the middle of the plate. Nola reported that by the second or third inning, all their players were on top of him.
After Nola struck out with two breaking balls, the count went to 0-2; however, a ball, a foul ball, and another ball brought the score to a total count. Tucker made contact with the sinker and blasted a drive that traveled about 400 feet into the bullpen of the Astros in right center, increasing their deficit to a score of 5-0.-->
When Tucker hit his second home run of the game, Nola had thrown over 60 pitches and had retired the last batter without allowing him to reach base.