Fake Outrage: People upset with Nick Maton celebrating 3-run home run that broke up Aaron Nola’s no-hit bid last night
Former Phillies player Nick Maton broke up an Aaron Nola’s no hit bid in the top of the seventh inning last night at Citizens Bank Park with a 3-run home run to deep right field.
Maton, who was traded over the offseason in a deal that brought Gregory Soto and Kody Clemens to Philadelphia, was honored along with Matt Vierling before the game by John Middleton and Dave Dombrowski with a “National League Championship Ring” for being on the Phillies team that won the NL Pennant last season.
With an 0-2 count and runners on second and third, Nola hung a curveball up in the zone and Maton made him pay with a 3-run shot to right field. He then celebrated with a bat flip before taking a trip around the bases, appearing to troll Phillies fans in attendance with a wave as he as he rounded third.
Nick Maton 3-Run Home Run Ends Aaron Nola’s No Hitter
Side Note: Hey DraftKings, Nick Maton did NOT take the soul of anyone in Philadelphia last night. Detroit lost the game 8-3 and frankly, it wasn’t even close. Full recap here >>
Of course, everyone had an opinion about Maton’s celebration following the home run and as usual the majority of them were wrong.
After the video started making it’s rounds on social media, people replied saying that Maton acting like that while his team was down 8-3 was “classes” and a “joke” while others were quick to point out that the ex-Phillie is batting just .167 on the season with six home runs and 20 RBI.
The always insufferable Michael Barkann was crying about it on Phillies postgame as well saying how disrespectful it was for Maton to do that after “being honored with a National League Championship Ring” before the game.
The National League Championship Ring is embarrassing.
Anyone who thinks that’s some type of “honor” to receive one, even more so when you’re Nick Maton or Matt Vierling who both got shipped out of town to Detroit of all places, is completely out of touch with reality.
Maton and Vierling had to go out before the game and accept those pointless rings from Middleton and Dombrowski, the two guys who sent them packing to Detroit instead of keeping them in Philly, who just made it to the World Series last season.
You think they were happy about that? My guess is absolutely not.
So yes, of course Maton is going to talk his shit after hitting a 3-run bomb to break up Aaron Nola’s no-hitter. Plus the “claw” thing Maton did with his hands is what Detroit does after they hit a home run. Whatever.
After the game, Aaron Nola expected to hear from Nick Maton
“That was kind of a dagger, right?” Nola said. “Especially because Maton hit it.” Nola is going to hear about that one. “For sure,” he said, laughing. “For the rest of my life.” via MLB.com
On the night, Aaron Nola pitched a gem, tossing seven innings off one-hit baseball, allowing just 3 runs and three walks while striking out 12.
The Phillies are a tough team to beat when the top of the lineup is putting up these types of numbers with one of their aces on the mound that’s actually pitching like an ace.
Phillies 1-5 in the Lineup Last Night
- Kyle Schwarber: 0-2, R, 3 BB
- Nick Castellanos: 2-4, RBI, R, BB
- Bryce Harper: 2-5, RBI, R
- Trea Turner: 4-5, 3 RBI, 2 HR, 3 R
- JT Realmuto: 1-4, 2 RBI, R
Still, the Phillies need to keep winning. Obviously.
They have now won three straight games and pulled themselves out of the bottom of the NL East standings at 28-32. They are 15-10 at home and have two more against the Tigers before welcoming the Los Angeles Dodgers to Citizens Bank Park.
The Miami Marlins sit in second in the NL East standings at 33-28 and have won eight out of their last 10 games. The Atlanta Braves are just 5-5 over their last 10, while the New York Mets are .500 and 5-5 in their last 10 games.
The Phillies are 7.5 games out of first place and 4 games out of a Wild Card spot in the National League standings.