On Wednesday afternoon, the Philadelphia Phillies lost Game 2 of their National League Championship Series matchup against the San Diego Padres. As a result, the series is now tied at one game each, and a best-of-five set will be played. Aaron Nola, the Phillies’ starting pitcher, didn’t have the best day on the mound as he allowed six runs over 4.2 innings and was ultimately given the loss.
Along the way, Nola allowed his brother Austin Nola, a catcher for the Padres, to single in an RBI. The brotherly rivalry has garnered some attention throughout the series, and while Austin won the second battle as he assisted San Diego in coming back from an early 4-0 lead, Aaron won the first one. After the game, Aaron, who was not pleased with his performance, gave an open assessment of playing his brother in the NLCS.
I intend to defeat him. He should be sent home, and I want to move on. – Aaron Nola, NBC Philadelphia Sports
This is a really simple interpretation from Nola. Right now, he doesn’t care who plays for the opposing team. His inability to hold onto the 4-0 lead they gave him is a significant reason why the series is now tied at one. All that matters is that the Phillies reach four victories before the Padres.
Aaron was probably quite hard on himself after Philly’s defeat, while Austin was probably on the other end of the scale, jubilating with his team after San Diego staged a dramatic rally that saw them score eight runs in a row to win the contest. This may not be the final matchup between these two in this series, and if it is, Aaron seems determined to use all legal means at his disposal to send Austin and the Padres packing for the offseason.
“I want to defeat him,” Phillies’ Aaron Nola is brutally honest about his brother Austin’s feud with the Padres in the National League Championship Series.