Kyle Schwarber celebrates Phillies' sweep over Cardinals to reach NLDS. Oct 8, 2022; St. Louis, Missouri, USA; Philadelphia Phillies left fielder Kyle Schwarber (12) celebrates in the clubhouse following his team s 2-0 victory against the St. Louis Cardinals during game two of the Wild Card series for the 2022 MLB Playoffs at Busch Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Curry-USA TODAY Sports

The Philadelphia Phillies have won an MLB postseason series for the first time since 2010.

Philadelphia went into St. Louis and swept the Cardinals 2-0, completed with a victory of that same score in Game 2.

The Cardinals got two runners on in the top of the ninth, but Zach Eflin — who started 13 games for the Phillies this season and 115 times in his career — earned the save by getting Tommy Edman to pop out.

Bryce Harper got the scoring started by crushing a home run in the top of the second. This is why the Phillies signed Harper to a $330 million contract ahead of the 2019 season.

That would turn out to be all the scoring Philadelphia needed on the night (Kyle Schwarber — pictured above in the locker room celebration — added a sacrifice fly).

Aaron Nola was terrific for the Phillies, throwing 6 2/3 scoreless innings. The Cardinals had zero extra-base hits on the night, and superstars Paul Goldschmidt and Nolan Arenado combined to go 0-for-8 with five strikeouts in a must-win game.

This is certainly not how Cardinals legends Albert Pujols and Yadier Molina wanted to see their careers end. It’s a very disappointing finish to the season for a St. Louis squad that went 93-69 and won the NL Central by seven games.

The Phillies advance to take on the defending champion Atlanta Braves in the NLDS. Philadelphia (87-75) finished 14 games behind the Braves and New York Mets (101-61; the Braves won the tiebreaker) in the NL East.

Baseball fans have had plenty to say about the Phillies sweeping the Cardinals to advance to the NLDS:

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