Rough Start from Nola Does Not Slow the Offense

After last nights let down of a series opener against divisional rivals Miami Marlins (73-69), the Phightin’ Phillies (78-63) hope to bounce back. With a home record of 1-3 against the fish the Phillies hope to make .500 by the end of the weekend. The 37 years young Johnny Cueto is on the is on the bump to start the game for the Marlins with 1-3 record and a 5.54 ERA. Aaron Nola looking for a bounce-back victory from his last shaky start. It would not exactly play out that way with a rough start form Aaron Nola.

Coming into tonight game, Aaron Nola has a 2.39 ERA over his last six home starts. Over his last 2 starts at home has gone seven innings and only allowed 2 runs in both games.

Mashing the Ball in the Second and Fifth Innings

Phillies strike first in the bottom of the second inning. After the first two hitters recording outs Realmuto cracks a single. Brandon Marsh knocks one of his own. Nick castellanos clears the bases form the eight hole with a hard hit double. Phillies are up 2-0. That wouldn’t be the end of the scoring in the second for the Phillies. Jake Cave would draw a walk against Marlins’ starting pitcher Johnny Cueto. That would bring up Kyle Schwarber. Schwarber would win the at-bat with Cueto. He sent a moonshot into the bullpen. Three runs would score and the Phillies are up 5-0 in the bottom of the second.

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After the Nola and Hoffman burn the Phillies lead in the top of the fifth the offense put on their hard hats. It would start with a leadoff walk to Trea Turner. A sharp hit single form Bryce Harper would follow. Stott would help load the bases after being hit by a pitch. Brandon March would play hero with a bases-clearing double. The Phillies would extend their lead, 8-4. That would be all the scoring for the Phillies.

Nola Falls Apart After 4 Innings

Aaron Nola cruised through the first 4 innings with almost mistake-free baseball. Then enters the 5th inning. He starts off with a solo shot from shortstop Garret Hampson. It would not stop there. Back-to-back double from Edwards and Stalling followed by a single form Luis Arraez. The nail in the coffin was a double from DH Josh Bell. The Phillies would have the lead cut to 5-3. Nola would let up seven hits, 4 runs all earned, six strikeouts and one homer in only 4 1/3 innings.

Jeff Hoffman comes in relief. He allows a double of his own form Jake Burger. Phillies end the top of the 5th with just a one run lead, 5-4. He would also come in and shutdown the Fish in the 6th. Gregory Soto and Jose Alvarado would have shutdown 7th and 8th innings. Kimbrel comes in for 9th with ‘Welcome to the Jungle’ from Guns n’ Roses playing as usual. He puts the finishing touches on the Marlins with two strikeouts. Phillies win 8-4. Series tied up at 1-1.

Post Game Interviews

Nick Castellanos was able to capitalize off being moved down to the eight hole. He had a big two-run double at his first at bat to put the Phillies on the board. He also singled his next at-bat and drew a walk later in the game.

“His at-bats were good. Big hit at his first at bat to give us the lead. Yeah saw some more pitches and he drew a walk.”

Rob Thompson when asked about Nick Castellanos’ at-bats.

Aaron Nola cruised through the first four inning of the game. He seemed to unravel in the fifth. He was asked if he was confident to get his pitching straightened out with a few week before a possible postseason run.

“Yeah I hope so. I have been working and having good weeks in and staying healthy and try to turn the corner and not let up the big inning.”

Aaron Nola Answering about being ready for the postseason.
Al Zaffiri
Al Zaffiri

Al is one of the two co-creators of Edge of Philly Sports. Al started radio and podcasting in 2012 and covering sports in 2015. A lifelong Philly sports fan since watching the Eagles, Phillies, Sixers, and Flyers with his grandfathers at age 7. Al always looks at the other side of the hot topics and gives his different outlook on those topics. Web and Graphic Design.