PHILADELPHIA (WPVI) -- The Phillies wasted no time taking their raucous celebration from the infield at Busch Stadium, where the Cardinals had trudged off to mourn the end of an era, into the visiting clubhouse, where the champagne flowed freely and Calum Scott's "Dancing On My Own" pounded through the speakers.
After more than a decade in baseball's wilderness, Philadelphia had finally won another postseason series.
It took Aaron Nola pitching four-hit ball into the seventh inning, an early home run from Bryce Harper and some gutsy performances out of the bullpen. But when Zach Eflin retired Tommy Edman to leave the tying run on base, the Phillies had squeezed out a 2-0 victory over the Cardinals on Saturday night for a sweep of their National League wild-card series.
The Phillies will face a familiar foe, the NL East champion Braves, beginning Tuesday in Atlanta.
- Game 1: Tue, Oct 11 at 1:07 p.m. in Atlanta
- Game 2: Wed, Oct 12 at 4:35 p.m. in Atlanta
- Game 3: Fri, Oct 14 at 4:37 p.m. in Philadelphia
- Game 4: Sat, Oct 15 at 2:07 p.m. in Philadelphia
- Game 5: Sun, Oct 16 in Atlanta
"Our players, they love being in this situation," said Phillies manager Rob Thomson, who took over a struggling club when Joe Girardi was fired early in the season. "And that's what I'm really proud about. There's so many guys that never played in the playoffs and they played really well. The moment didn't get the best of them and I'm really happy about that."
If a Game 4 is necessary, Phillies fans will have two opportunities to see playoff baseball at Citizens Bank Park this week. Click here to learn more about available tickets.