Sounds familiar? Following the good game followed by a bad game pattern laid out by our Flyers, the Philadelphia Phillies put together a… well, not great but a good game in disposing of the Colorado Rockies, 7-5.
Aaron Nola is showing what we all expected and solidifying himself as a legitimate ace in a deck of jokers in the pitching staff. Coming off his complete-game shutout, Nola went seven innings allowing 6 hits and 4 runs. Nola was backed up by the best game Rhys Hoskins has had with two homers, one a two-run shot and the game winner was good for three runs.
Nola knocked a base hit and scored twice off Hoskins heroics. Hector Neris entered (you can open your eyes now) went one inning allowing one hit and striking out one for the save. The old baseball adage is, learn from the losses build off the wins. Even if it’s ugly, build off it.
Nola and Hoskins have been what Phils fans have hoped for. Factor in Bryce Harper, JT Realmuto, and many good players. It is a matter of, stop me if you heard this last season, getting the pitching straightened out. It’s early, arms are still getting loose. Joe Girardi needs to either get Neris straightened out or find a replacement.
One bad game does not define a season nor does one good game. However, Neris has struggled in the closer role each of the last two seasons. Sounds familiar? For more Phillies coverage click here.