Tuesday, September 26, 2017

2017 Topps Opening Day #32 Aaron Nola

Nationals 3Phillies 1
Game 157 - Monday Night, September 25th in Philadelphia
Record - 62-95, 5th place, 33 1/2 games behind the Nationals

One Sentence Summary:  Aaron Nola pitched well but a second inning home run allowed to Michael A. Taylor was the difference in this 3-1 loss to the Nationals.

What It Means:  This most likely was Nola's final start of the 2017 season, and he finished with a 12-11 record.  In 27 starts Nola struck out 184 over 168 innings. He averaged 9.86 strikeouts per 9 innings pitched, which is the third-best mark in Phillies history behind Curt Schilling (11.29 in 1997 and 10.05 in 1998).

What Happened:  Nola struck out nine in this game with his only blemish the two-run home run allowed to Taylor.  Odubel Herrera hit a solo home run (14) in the fourth inning.  Rhys Hoskins is 5 for 37 (.135) with no home runs over the last 11 games.

Featured Card:  It was usually a joy watching Nola pitch this season, and I'm excited for what's ahead for him in 2018.

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