By Sam Bush
Phils ace Aaron Nola threw a career-low 58 pitches in four innings of last night’s 6-1 loss to the Braves.
He walked Ronald Acuña Jr. to start the game, allowed a single to center to Freddie Freeman and a one-out triple to Ozzie Albies to score both runners and make it 2-1.
“The walk hurt me,” Nola said.
Dansby Swanson crushed a two-run homer to left field to make it 4-1.
“A hanging breaking ball for Dansby,” Nola said. “It was the icing on the cake for the first inning. My stuff wasn’t really breaking tonight. My curveball hasn’t been sharp the past few outings, I feel like.”
Nola entered with a 3-1 record and 2.89 ERA in his first seven starts.
“You know how tough of a loss it was,” Nola said. “Of course, I put it on me. It’s a chance to go out and win a series. I didn’t do that today. I didn’t give the guys a good chance to score runs. I mean, four right off the bat, it’s tough. It’s tough for the guys to put runs up on the board. Ynoa threw well today. He’s got good stuff.”
After playing 17 games in 17 days the Phils are off today before heading to Washington for a series against the Nats.
“We definitely need to turn it around,” he said. “I mean, I think overall, when you look at the week, we had a pretty good week. But it’s frustrating because of what happened last night and you’ve got to put it in a compartment and throw it away and move on to Washington and go try to win a series there. Winning game one is always important.”