Phillies 11, Cubs 5
Game 100 - Sunday Afternoon, July 26th in Chicago
Record - 37-63, 5th Place, 16 1/2 games behind the Nationals
One Sentence Summary: The offense continued to rake against Cubs pitching and Aaron Nola pitched a solid ballgame to secure his first big league win.
What It Means: The Phillies are now 8-1 since the All-Star break, which is their best post All-Star break start since the 1970 Phillies went 9-1. This was their first three-game sweep in Chicago since August 2009 when Scott Eyre, Pedro Martinez and Cliff Lee were the team's winning pitchers. The game won by new Hall of Famer Martinez happened to be his Phillies debut.
The Phillies are off today and they'll open a quick two-game series in Toronto tomorrow night.
What Happened: Nola lasted 7 2/3 innings, allowing four runs on five hits (two home runs) and striking out six. Odubel Herrera and Domonic Brown both had three hits, with Brown and Maikel Franco each driving in three runs. Franco (11) and Ryan Howard (18) homered in the win.
Featured Card: I expect Nola to be all over the 2016 Topps releases, but for now the only 2015 Topps cards I have of his in my collection are from the Bowman and Bowman Inception sets and this Topps Pro Debut card showing him with the High-A Clearwater Threshers.