By Harry Allison
The futile Phillies wasted yet another Aaron Nola quality start yesterday inb losing to the BRew Crew 3-2:
Two runs on seven hits and two walks while striking out seven. He is 3-1 with a 1.78 ERA and a 0.99 WHIP in his past five starts and 4-3 with a 2.65 ERA in eight starts since the beginning of June.
“He’s back to the Aaron Nola that everybody wanted up here as soon as he got drafted,” Phillies catcher Cameron Rupp said.
“I try to do everything I can to win every time I go out, do everything I can to keep the ballgame close, give up the least runs as I can and battle out there, Nola told MLB.com. “I want the guys to know I’m going to battle my butt off every time I go out there, try to give them a chance to win.”
“I’m really happy for him and for us, because he really turned it around,” Phillies manager Pete Mackanin said. “He started off in the big leagues and looked like a real good find, a real good pickup there. Then he went through that period where he was searching and the arm issue, the command issue, then he got back out of it. He got back out of that hole, and he’s better than ever.
“Just because you start off real good, it doesn’t mean it’s going to continue. You have to battle through the issues you have, which he did, and now he’s gone through that learning process. He’s better for it. That’s what everybody has to do.”