By Sam Bush
Phillies shortstop Freddy Galvis will remember last night’s 4-0 win over the Pirates for the rest of his life.
Aaron Nola struck out eight in seven splendid innings, Galvis and Maikel Franco hit two-run homers.
But Galvis has another important reason to savor the day.
Despite only sleeping a couple hours because his daughter, Nicole, was born at 5:53 in the morning, Galvis swung at the first pitch he saw and hit a shot into the second deck in right field to give the Phillies a 2-0 lead in the first off Ivan Nova (8-6).
“It was a good day,” Galvis said with a big smile. “Just trying to do one thing at a time.”
After Galvis reached on a bunt single his next time up, Franco ripped a liner out to left to make it 4-0 in the third.
Nola (6-5) allowed four hits and none until Jordy Mercer lined a double down the left-field line with two outs in the fifth. Joaquin Benoit and Hector Neris completed the four-hitter.
“First pitch strikes and getting the leadoff hitter out,” Nola said about the keys to his success. “Just tried to stay with my game plan.”
Nola used offspeed pitches, including a sharp curve, to keep hitters off-balance throughout the game. He fanned pinch-hitter John Jaso with a curve ball on his final pitch, leaving two runners on base.
Nola is 3-0 with a 1.27 ERA in his last three starts.
“Nola was outstanding,” Phillies manager Pete Mackanin said. “He’s had several good outings. I think he’s turned the corner and pitching the way he’s capable. He threw a couple different types of curve balls and the changeup is becoming a good pitch for him.”
Nova gave up four runs and seven hits in six innings. He allowed more than three earned runs for only the fourth time in 17 starts.
“He wasn’t sharp coming out of the gate,” Pirates manager Clint Hurdle said. “He had a couple of missed locations that cost him four runs.”