Final: Phillies 6, Mets 0
Aaron Nola still had some excellent stretches in 2019, but was he as good last season as he was in 2018, when he finished third in National League Cy Young Award voting? No.
We’re not quite prepared to say he’s found his 2018 form just yet, but he’s sure looked like it over his last three appearances.
Saturday evening, Nola continued to pitch like one of the best arms in the sport, and when paired with an offensive outburst in the fifth, the Phillies clinched a series victory over the New York Mets.
- Jean Segura got the Phillies on the board in the bottom of the second inning with his third home run of the week, this one a 364-foot solo shot that landed well over the left-field wall:
- With Didi Gregorius, Phil Gosselin and Alec Bohm already on base in the bottom of the fifth inning, Andrew McCutchen worked a bases-loaded walk to extend the lead to 2-0.
- The big blow in the inning came off of the bat of Rhys Hoskins. The 27-year-old entered the at-bat with only run batted in on the season, but exited with four RBIs on the year and a 5-0 lead:
- Bryce Harper continued his tremendous start to the 2020 season, he scalded a ball off the right-field wall in the next at-bat. His ball narrowly missed leaving the yard, but it still brought Hoskins home:
- After cruising through a scoreless top of the eighth, Ramon Rosso did allow a 398-foot home run off the bat of Dominic Smith, cutting the lead to 6-2. Ultimately, Rosso was able to finish the game out.
Shibe Vintage Sports Starting Pitching Performance
- It’s a tale as old as time – the Phillies beating up on Steven Matz. In his 11th career start against the Phillies, Matz actually limited the Phillies to just one run through four innings. Unfortunately for Matz, the floodgates opened up in the fifth, with the Phillies adding on five more runs, all of which were charged to his line. The 29-year-old now has a 6.10 ERA in 12 career games against the Phillies.
- Nola continued his dominant stretch, limiting the Mets to just three hits across seven scoreless innings. As Phillies Nation‘s Jonny Heller noted, Nola became the first Phillies pitcher since David West in July of 1994 to turn in three consecutive starts where he goes at least six innings and limits the opposition to three hits or less.
Phillies Nuggets Player of the Game: Aaron Nola
Nola’s first start of the season against the Miami Marlins wasn’t great, but boy has he locked in since then. Over his last three starts, Nola has a 0.90 ERA and is averaging 10 strikeouts per game.
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