San Diego Padres were locked in a scoreless tie against the Philadelphia Phillies, Austin Nola took the plate in the sixth inning against his brother Aaron Nola who had an outstanding day on the mound on Friday. But unfortunately, it wasn’t quite good enough for Aaron as his big brother Austin came with plans to hit one away to score a run.
Austin Nola picked the finest time for his first Major League Baseball, which was a hit against his own younger brother on Friday night. He bashed a go-ahead, opposite-field single that proved decisive in the San Diego Padres’ 1-0 victory over the Philadelphia Phillies at Petco Park.
Aaron is 29 years old and Austin is 32 years old, but the difference between them at Petco Park was only a single RBI and the brother who ended up with a smile in their little backyard battle was Austin Nola. The matchup was the third of the day for the Nola brothers. Aaron Nola induced a groundout in Austin’s first at-bat and struck Austin out looking in the fourth inning.
Austin Nola and Aaron Nola CLASH as Padres take a 1-0 victory over the Phillies
The replies to the game’s events by the Nola brothers were absolutely gratifying. Aaron Nola was asked questions after the loss, “Yeah, he hit it,” Aaron said. “He poked it out there. Probably won’t hear the end of it for a while, but a good bit of hitting.”
“Man, I was 0-2 the whole game against him,” Austin Nola said. “The past two years, I’ve been 0-2. It’s nothing new. He’s one strike, two strikes. And I’m like, ‘Good lord.’ Then I look up at him, and he’s just locked in.”
“He was always making up pitches in the backyard, trying to get me out, that was when he was younger, and I was older. Now he’s obviously the man.” Austin joked around.
After the game had been won by the Padres, Austin expressed admiration for his younger brother Aaron, saying, “Glad we got the win, but then your brother gets the loss, he pitched an unbelievable game. It’s fun to watch him. There’s no doubt about it. He’s done it twice to us. He threw seven innings, threw eight innings last year. What a performance by him.”