Rays 1, Phillies 0
Game 96 - Tuesday Night, July 21st in Philadelphia
Record - 33-63, 5th Place, 19 games behind the Nationals
One Sentence Summary: Aaron Nola made his highly anticipated Major League debut, but a lack of run support from the offense gave the Rays a 1-0 win.
What It Means: This was the first game in franchise history in which the Phillies lost 1-0 due to a home run from the opposing pitcher.
What Happened: Nola pitched six innings, allowing five hits while striking out six. His sole blemish was a solo home run allowed to Rays pitcher Nathan Karns in the third inning. It was Karns' first career hit. The offense never got going against six Rays pitchers, going 0 for 5 with runners in scoring position.
Featured Card/Field Report: Doug and I were there and I splurged on upgrading our regular tickets to two seats in the Hall of Fame club for the occasion. It was fantastic to be at a Phillies game that was actually exciting for a change! We cheered on Nola and Doug received quite a few compliments on his "Nola 10" t-shirt that he had picked up at our recent Reading Fightin Phils outing.
I was very impressed that the Phillies already had a giant line-up card for Nola in Ashburn Alley. Nola will undoubtedly have several more 2015 baseball cards to his name, and this is the most recent card of his to be added to my collection from the Bowman Inception set. The Phils are now 3-5 in games I've attended this season.
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