For the first time in 15 days, a Phillies starter pitched seven innings.
That starter was Aaron Nola, who on Sunday struck out five and walked two, allowing just four hits and a run in a 1-0 loss to Pittsburgh. Plus, he threw just 89 pitches, 57 of them for strikes.
Nola – returning from a back strain injury and suffering an elbow injury late last season – looked like the early 2016 version, bringing his ERA down to 3.52 and his FIP to 3.04.
If Nola is on, the Phillies rotation might actually start falling into place.