Phillies bats go silent, fail to support Aaron Nola in 1-0 loss to the Padres
The Phillies fell to the Padres late last night by a final score of 1-0, after another ruined masterclass by Phillies ace Aaron Nola.
In the sixth inning of last night’s game, Aaron Nola squared off against his brother, Austin Nola. After getting him down 0-2, Aaron threw a fastball, but left it down, and couldn’t elevate the pitch enough. Austin would poke it into rightfield, which would score Eric Hosmer as the only run of the entire night.
Aaron Nola is in the midst of a bounce-back year with the Phillies and honestly, pitching like he deserves a spot on the National League All-Star team. On the season, he’s just 4-5 but holds a 2.98 ERA in 15 total starts. The Phillies have won games in three of the last four Nola starts, while he has tossed a 1.83 ERA during that span.
Last night was a total dud for the offense. They went 0-for-8 with runners in scoring position and left 10 runners on base. The top 5 of the Phillies lineup combined for 9 strikeouts, including three from JT Realmuto, and two from Kyle Schwarber and Bryce Harper.
Up Next for the Phillies
The series is now split at 1-1, after an offensive-driven 6-2 win on Thursday night. The Fightins will take on the Padres tonight at 10:10, looking to get back in the win column. Zach Eflin (2-5, 4.43 ERA) will get the ball for the Phils, going up against Blake Snell (0-4, 5.46 ERA).
Announced last night, Mark Appel, the 2013 first overall pick, will make his Major League debut tonight. Read more about Appel and the situation here.
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