By Sam Bush
One night after a 9-1 blowout by the high-flying Nationals, the Phillies’ Aaron Nola (0-1, 3.21) gets the call against Max Scherzer.
Nola gave up four runs and six hits over seven innings in a 4-3 loss to San Diego last Monday. He struck out a career-high nine.
“He made one bad pitch, really,” catcher Cameron Rupp said, referencing Wil Myers’ fourth-inning home run.
Nola has fanned 17 without a walk in his two starts, spanning 14 innings.
“I expected him to be poised,” Mackanin said. “Because that’s how he showed upto the big leagues last year.”
Nola faced the Nationals twice a year ago, allowing six runs in 10 innings without recording a decision.
Anthony Rendon, Jayson Werth and Harper are a combined 7 for 16 against him, each with a homer.
Washington has won seven of eight in Philly.