A successful front-end starter pitches against a pitcher who can get there on a day when Philadelphia Phillies hosted by Los Angeles Dodgers on Saturday
Phillies right-hander Aaron Nola (5-4, 4.30 ERA) will oppose Dodgers freshman right-hander Bobby Miller (2-0, 1.06) when the teams meet in the middle game of a three-game series. THE Phillies won six games in a row
On Friday, Philadelphia won the series opener 5-4 in dramatic fashion when Kyle Schwarber closed the game with two outs in the ninth inning. Schwarber reached base four times, added a triple and two walks to go with his 17th homer.
Nola has been far from his best this season, a year after going 11-13 with a 3.25 ERA and a league-leading 8.10 strikeout-to-walk ratio while finishing fourth in the National League Cy Young Award.
He’s off to a dominant start against the Detroit Tigers on Monday, pitching a no-hitter in the seventh inning before giving up three runs to Nick Maton after a walk and an error.
It was the fourth time in Nola’s career that he took a no-hitter into the seventh inning. He struck out 12, walked three and gave up just the three unearned runs on one hit in seven innings.
“I thought he was fine all night.” Phillies manager Rob Thomson said after Nola’s velocity improved slightly. “He lost the zone a few times, but I thought he did a really good job. The speed was good. The curve was good — except against Maton. But I thought he was very good.
Nola has been good in spurts this season, such as his April 28 start against the Houston Astros when he looked more like his former self, giving up three hits in eight innings. But he followed that up by allowing four runs in 6 1/3 innings on the road vs Dodgers on May 3 without a decision. Philadelphia lost that game 10-6
Eight career starts against the DodgersNola is 2-0 with a 3.86 ERA and 54 strikeouts in 46 2/3 innings.
Miller made his major league debut Dodgers on May 23 and has only made three career starts. He looked impressive early on, never allowing more than one run
Miller pitched a six-inning no-decision against the New York Yankees on Sunday, allowing no runs, giving up just one hit and striking out seven. Both of his walks came in the first inning on a day when he threw 86 pitches.
– How much do I want to push him in his (seventh) start this year? Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said, adding Miller’s four starts at Triple-A Oklahoma City. “Knowing the fact that we had a lot of baseball games left, that played into the equation.
Blessed with a 100 mph fastball, Miller looks every moment like a first-round draft pick that the Dodgers in 2020
“I felt great,” Miller said. “I definitely felt like I could have gone on, but get rid of those two runs in the first inning and I’m going in the seventh.”
Mookie Betts and Freddie Freeman hit back-to-back home runs Dodgers in the seventh inning on Friday. Los Angeles has lost three of its four games on this road trip, all three losses coming in shutout fashion
— Field Level Media