After losing Game 2 of the NLDS to the Braves on a remarkable defensive play, the Phillies did not hang their heads. Instead, they returned to Philadelphia and beat the living crap out of Atlanta in Game 3.
When the dust settled at Citizens Bank Park on Wednesday night, the Phillies had tied a postseason record with 6 homers en route to a 10-2 blowout. More importantly, they retook control of the series and now stand just one win away from advancing to the NLCS.
There were plenty of heroes for Philadelphia on Wednesday. Here are four studs and one dud from their Game 3 win.
Stud: Aaron Nola
Before we dive into all of the Phillies hitters who did damage in Game 3, let's take a minute to give Aaron Nola his due.
All he did was shut down one of the greatest lineups in baseball history -- an offense that tied the MLB record for home runs (307) and set a new record for slugging percentage (.501) during the regular season.
The Braves don't scare Nola, though. He held them to 2 runs over 5 2/3 innings, yielding 6 hits and 1 walk while striking out 9. He threw 64 of his 92 pitches for strikes and relentlessly attacked Atlanta's hitters, daring them to hit him.
Nola didn't have to be perfect on a night where Philadelphia pounded out 10 runs and 11 hits, but he kept Atlanta's bats quiet and ensured that this game would remain one-sided.
It was a worthy follow-up to his gem in the NL Wild Card Round, where he fired 7 innings of shutout ball against the Marlins in Philadelphia's Game 2 victory. Nola's now 2-0 with a 1.42 ERA in these playoffs and suddenly looks like an ace again after an uneven regular season.