On Tuesday, top pitching prospect Aaron Nola made his Major League debut for the Phillies in front of probably the best crowd Citizens Bank Park has seen all season.
Nola was worth the price of admission in his debut, tossing six solid innings where he struck out six and allowed just one run on a home run to Rays' pitcher Nathan Karns. Unfortunately for Nola, the Phillies would squander his solid performance, as they were held to just four hits in a 1-0 loss.
The only blemish on Nola's line would come in the third, when he allowed a solo home run to Karns to lead off the inning and give the Rays the lead.
Unfortunately for Nola, he received the treatment so many Phillies pitchers have become accustomed to in recent years - particularly Cole Hamels - and received absolutely no run support in a 1-0 loss.
Despite picking up his first career loss, Nola was impressive in his debut, showing great command, and giving fans something to look forward to in the future and perhaps even a reason to pay the price of admission every fifth day.
By: Kyle Babcock
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