Aaron Nola faces Austin Nola Oct 19, 2022; San Diego, California, USA; San Diego Padres catcher Austin Nola (26) bats against his bother Philadelphia Phillies starting pitcher Aaron Nola (27) in the third during game two of the NLCS for the 2022 MLB Playoffs at Petco Park. Mandatory Credit: Kiyoshi Mio-USA TODAY Sports

Brothers Aaron and Austin Nola made history by renewing an old rivalry Wednesday.

When Aaron, the Philadelphia Phillies starter, faced San Diego Padres catcher Austin in NLCS Game 2, the two became the first brothers to face each other as pitcher and batter in MLB postseason history.

Austin, 32, is four years older than Aaron, who was seeking payback from his brother for years of being dominated.

“He never let me win at anything we played,” Aaron Nola said (via MLB.com) ahead of the matchup. “No matter what we did, or what we played, what sport it was, I didn’t win.

“Growing up, I always wanted to be as good as him.”

San Diego’s Nola grounded out to third base in the second inning. But in the fifth, Austin was up to his old tricks of being the unbeatable big bro, lining an RBI single off Aaron to cut the Phillies’ lead to 4-3. The Padres catcher then scored on a Juan Soto double.


The Padres ended up scoring five runs in the inning to knock out Nola (4 2/3 innings, seven hits, six runs) and take a commanding 7-4 lead.

But the brother vs. brother angle was fun while it lasted.

MLB fans on Twitter felt sympathy for the family’s mixed emotions.

“Thanksgiving is gonna be so awkward after Austin Nola did that to Aaron,” read one Tweet.




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