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Austin Nola knocks in game-winning run for Padres off little brother Aaron

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Austin Nola of the San Diego Padres smiles next to first base coach David Macias after hitting an RBI single against the Philadelphia Phillies during the sixth inning of a baseball game on Friday, June 24, 2022, in San Diego.  (AP Photo/Derrick Tuscan)
Austin Nola smiled after he beat his brother. (AP Photo/Derrick Tuskan)

Aaron Nola had an outstanding day at the mound on Friday. Thanks to his older brother, it wasn’t enough.

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San Diego’s Austin Nola’s catcher took the plate in the sixth inning as his Padres recorded a scoreless score against the Philadelphia Phillies. First baseman Eric Hosmer stayed at second base after a one-out double. On the mound? Austin’s younger brother Aaron.

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Aaron, 29, took an early 2-0 lead. His third pitch was a 92 mph fastball that hit the outside corner of the plate. The 32-year-old Austin swung and sent a line kick into right field that landed directly and close to the warning track. That was more than enough to give Hosmer the go-ahead for a run. Austin smiled after he got to first base safely.

The match was the third of the day for the Nola brothers. Aaron provoked a groundout in Austin’s first at-bat and eliminated Austin in the fourth inning.

But the older brother took over the match in the sixth to score the first run of the day. Aaron ended his day by only going through seven innings once and recording 10 strikeouts. But Austin’s RBI was all the Padres needed as they completed a 1-0 victory.

For statistics, the matchup was the second in MLB history between brothers and gave the first hit to Austin, who went 0-for-2 with a strikeout and a walk in the 2021 game against Aaron. After Friday’s winning RBI, Austin firmly established his family’s bragging rights.



Source: sports.yahoo.com

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