INSIDE AARON NOLA’S FIRST START FOR THE PHILLIES

Here’s a breakdown of Aaron Nola’s first major league start:

FIRST INNING

Nola gave up a leadoff double to John Jaso on a 2-1 pitch to start the first inning but settled down to strike out the next two batters, Steven Souza Jr. and Evan Longoria.

The right-hander probably should have struck out the side but a two-strike pitch to James Loney that appeared to have a good chunk of the outside corner was called a ball.

Nola came back on the next pitch and induced a grounder to second for the final out, leaving the field to a standing ovation.

During the inning, Nola showed a 92-94 mph fastball and a 78-mph curveball that he threw in or around the strike zone.

SECOND INNING

Nola won a battle with Logan Forsythe, inducing a grounder to third, then retired Kevin Kiermaier on a foul popup to third.

Right fielder Domonic Brown couldn’t come up with a catch on a diving attempt of Jake Elmore’s sinking liner, which fell in for a single. But Nola came back to strike out Rene Rivera on a 92-mph fastball.

THIRD INNING

Karns ripped Nola’s first pitch of the inning into the first row of seats in left-center field for the first run of the game.

The rookie didn’t let the shock of seeing an American League pitcher go yard affect him. He came right back to induce groundouts from Jaso and Longoria sandwiched around a strikeout of Souza on a nice curveball.

FOURTH INNING

With rain coming down hard for a few minutes, Nola pitched through the distraction. Loney grounded out, as did Forsythe on a nice play at shortstop by Freddy Galvis.

Left fielder Cody Asche misplayed a line drive but recovered to make a leaping grab for the final out as the rain subsided. Nola left the inning having thrown just over 50 pitches.

FIFTH INNING

Elmore started the inning with a routine grounder to shortstop. Rivera lined a single to left, but Nola came back to get Karns looking on a curveball for the second out.

Jaso lined a single to left as Nola found himself in his first jam with two runners on and two outs. The response was a good one as Nola fanned Souza on an 82-mph changeup.

SIXTH INNING

Longoria grounded to first baseman Ryan Howard, who flipped to Nola covering for the first out. Loney grounded to deep short with Galvis coming up with another nice play for the second out.

Then Nola suddenly lost command, walking Forsythe for the first base on balls he issued in the game and going 2-0 on Kiermaier, earning a visit from catcher Cameron Rupp and pitching coach Bob McClure.

Nola mad a few throws to first before retiring Kiermaier on a lazy fly ball to right to end the inning and his first start as a Phillie.

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