Aaron Nola misses full-game win on last pitch
SAN DIEGO – What had been a rebounding outing for Aaron Nola during a tough August took a turn on Saturday night at Petco Park.
Nola, who had a 6.08 ERA in his three previous starts in August, was electric in the Phillies’ 4-3 10-innings loss to the Padres at Petco Park. He had a perfect match until the seventh inning.
Nola had a full game win but ceded a two-run equalizer to Jake Cronenworth with two strikeouts in the ninth.
“Nola was so good,” Phillies manager Joe Girardi said. “You could probably say he just maybe made a mistake all night. That’s how good he was tonight, and it’s really unfortunate because he gave us everything he had.”
Nola’s perfect game offer ended when head hitter Trent Grisham hit base on a defensive error by first baseman Brad Miller. Nola’s no-hit bid was broken after 6 1/3 innings when Manny Machado selected Grisham at home.
One night when Nola had 11 strikeouts and looked as sharp as he has been in a while, it was his 117th and final pitch that came back to haunt the Phillies.
“We talked to him and he felt good,” Girardi said of the decision to let Nola pitch the ninth inning. “As good as he was throwing and as taxed as our bullpen was last night, I just felt like he would give us the best chance there.”
The match was decided on wild ground in Connor Brogdon’s 10th inning. This allowed Adam Frazier to score the winning point.
Nola said the loss was “heartbreaking” after her mistake towards Cronenworth.
“I did not take in the ball enough. I tried to go further in the plate, ”he said.
Nola seemed untouchable at times. He finished the first inning with just seven shots. After Cronenworth hit a popup to start the second inning, Nola struck out seven batters from the Padres in a row until Machado lined up to end the fourth inning.
“I didn’t even know it was seven o’clock [strikeouts] in a row, “Nola said.” … I was just trying to make some shots and get on the count. “
In his first six innings, Nola used 63 shots to take out the Padres in order before Grisham reached base on Miller’s mistake.
Nola flashed some of her more electric stuff against the Padres. He threw his two toughest throws of the season – a fastball at 95.9 mph and a heater at 96.2 mph – to take out his older brother, Padres wide receiver Austin Nola, when they first met. in the big league.
The 96.2 mph fastball was the third fastest throw the right-hander has thrown in his career.
The Phillies have lost five games behind the National League East lead. They held a two-game lead over the Braves in the division on August 8.
“We have to take it game by game,” Nola said. “Go out and win a series tomorrow. Obviously the gap has widened pretty quickly, but we can’t let that get into our heads. We have to play our game.