Thursday, April 7, 2016

2015 Bowman's Best Top Prospects #TP-33 Aaron Nola

Reds 3Phillies 2
Game 2 - Wednesday Night, April 6th in Cincinnati
Record - 0-2, Tied for 3rd Place, 2 games behind the Nationals

One Sentence Summary:  It was Dalier Hinojosa's turn to blow a save, as Aaron Nola's pitching gem was wasted and the Reds walked-off with the 3-2 win.

What It Means:  As Ryan Lawrence Tweeted, these first two losses of 2016 mark the first time the Phillies have lost back-to-back games when leading after seven innings since June 5-6, 2009.

What Happened:  Nola struck out a career high eight batters.  He allowed a run on a first inning home run from Eugenio Suarez and three other hits.  David Hernandez redeemed himself with a perfect eighth inning.  Hinojosa retired only one batter in the ninth, allowing four hits including the game winner from Scott Schebler.

The only offense came from Maikel Franco's first inning, two-run home run.

Featured Card:  For the same reasons why Jeremy Hellickson earned the featured card in the season opener, it's Nola for this post.  This shiny insert card was released late in 2015 and never had the opportunity to be featured last season.  I'm saving Nola's 2016 Topps Opening Day card to feature after he (hopefully) has a great performance in Monday's home opener.

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