SAN DIEGO (AP) – Austin Nola lofted an opposite field RBI single off younger brother Aaron’s right side, turned toward the San Diego Padres’ dugout and raised his right fist.
This was the extent of the spirit in the spectacle of brotherhood.
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Aaron Nola went back to work and retired the next two batsmen, and Austin Nola’s Padres beat the Philadelphia Phillies 1–0.
“Glad we got the win, but then your brother lost,” said Padres catcher Austin Nola. “He played an incredible game. It’s fun watching him. there’s no doubt about it. He’s done it to us twice. threw seven innings; Last year, eight innings were bowled. What is their performance?
“He was weird. I got hit and I was like, ‘Ah, I feel great,’ and then I look at him and he comes back after the next hitter. Credit to him. Nothing ever suits him is,” he said.
According to Stats, this is the first time a player has won 1-0 against his brother since the RBI became an official stat in 1920.
“The story is there, isn’t it?” Padres manager Bob Melvin said. “Baseball can be a great game in instances like these. It can break your heart the second time around. That’s just great theater. The only RBI of the game against your brother, that’s a great thing.”
San Diego rookie left-hander Mackenzie Gore and three relievers combined on the five-hitter. Closer Taylor Rogers loaded base with two outs in the ninth before flying Kyle Schwarber into center field.
Austin Nola was 0 for 4 against his brother in two seasons, until an opposite-field single was struck off the right to bring in Eric Hosmer in the sixth with an out, which was a one-out. Was on a double.
Aaron Nola, 29, kept the Padres off balance in the first five innings, which included his 32-year-old brother on the grounder in the second and a punchout in the fourth.
“I was 0-2 against him the whole game,” Austin said. “The last two years I’ve been 0-2 to him. It’s nothing new. That’s what he does. You see his competitive side. That’s what makes him an elite.”
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NOLA faced each other for the first time as professionals on 21 August. They grew up in Baton Rouge and both played at LSU.
Pitched well, except for a one-off by his brother Aaron Nola (4-5). He allowed one run and seven hits in seven innings, while scoring 10 runs and scoring two runs.
“Facing him is exhausting because from a catcher’s point of view, you have your pitcher and getting your pitcher through it, and then you have to switch to the fact that I’m now facing my brother in a major league game. And he’s not giving up,” Austin Nola said. “So you’re like mentally jumping from one to another like, ‘Okay, I have to help Mackenzie work through this,’ and then, boom, he’s coming right after you.”
Gore scored four runs and scored four runs. He struggled with his control in the third inning and took two walks and a base load on one before Bryce Harper flew to the left to end the innings.
Nabil Crismaat (4-0) played two fine innings to win. Luis García struck the heart of the order in the eighth. Rogers loaded the base with two outs by allowing consecutive one-out singles and then running pinch-hitter Yairo Munoz with two outs, before Schwarber retired for his 22nd save.
The Padres had retired 12 consecutive batsmen until Alec Bohm scored a single with one in the ninth.
Padres: 3B Manny Machado has missed his fifth straight game due to an ankle sprain. He practiced agility in the outfield for the second straight day, and manager Bob Melvin said the slugger was probably about to hit the indoor batting cage.
Phillies RHP Zach Eflin (2-5, 4.43 ERA) and Padres LHP Blake Snell (0-4, 5.46) are due to start on Saturday.
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