Aaron Nola Dominates, Helps Stop Phillies’ Four-Game Losing Streak


Just in case you needed any further proof that Aaron Nola is one of Major League Baseball’s premier pitchers (you shouldn’t), then today ought to seal the deal.

Nola outlasted three-time Cy Young Award winner Max Scherzer with a masterful performance to help snap the Phillies’ four-game losing streak:

It was not without drama. After Nola failed to get a called third strike on a 3-2 pitch to Trea Turner that would have ended the eighth inning, Bryce Harper came to the plate as the go-ahead run. On his 102nd pitch of the game, Nola reached back and fired a 94.7 mph fastball by Harper to extinguish Washington’s threat:

On the day, Nationals hitters took 52 swings against Nola’s 102 pitches and whiffed 20 times. His curveball was particularly nasty as he generated 10 whiffs on 37 pitches.

Meanwhile, the offense was supplied by Odubel Herrera, who in the seventh inning launched his 20th homer of the season.

It’s hard to argue that Jacob deGrom, with his league-best 1.71 ERA after throwing six strong innings against the Giants this afternoon, isn’t deserving of the NL’s Cy Young Award, but Gabe Kapler would go with Nola:

Whatever the case, this was an elite level performance by the Phillies’ ace in a head-to-head showdown against arguably the game’s best pitcher when the Phillies absolutely needed it most. Nola is a star. If there was anyone out there that still didn’t know it, they should now.


4 Responses

  1. Sorry, you can win the playoffs with a single Class A pitcher.
    The winner of the world series this season will not come from the National League East Division.

    The Phillies are an immature team. They lack discipline is so many
    ways..especially fielding.
    Maybe WelcomeBackKotter Kaplan can ‘talk’ them into fielding better.

    I wonder how much Kotter lets the players walk all over him.

  2. Aaron Nola is a beast. Most important game of his career to this point and he goes out and kills it. A true stopper.

    Listened at work…Franzke was FIRED up for that Harper K.

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