No runs off Nola
(c) Associated Press
The Astros delivered a rare clunker Wednesday night in Philadelphia, falling 9-0 to the lowly Phils. Aaron Nola dominated the vaunted Astros lineup for six innings, striking out ten, most of them with his curveball, while allowing only four hits and a walk.
Jose Altuve led off the first with a double off the glove of leftfielder Howie Kendrick and it looked like business as usual for the Astros. But Altuve was left stranded at third and Nola got in a groove and didn't allow another runner to get that far all night.
Meanwhile, the Phillies offense finally got on track against Mike Fiers in the fourth inning. Cameron Rupp ripped a 2-run homer to open the scoring and Nick Williams singled home another run before Fiers got out of the inning with his pitch total already at a mindboggling 102.
Michael Feliz came on to pitch the fifth and gave up a 2-run blast to Maikel Franco. Unfortunately, that was just the beginning of the troubles that would be experienced on this night by young Mr. Feliz. The Phils plated four more runs against him in the sixth, two of them coming on Rupp's second home run of the game.
Tommy Joseph and Aaron Altherr also enjoyed a big night at the plate, but the story of this game was Aaron Nola. With six scoreless innings, Nola notched his seventh straight quality start and picked up his eighth win of the season. The ten strikeouts were a career high for the 24-year old right-hander.
The Astros get Thursday off before a weekend series in Detroit that starts with Friday's 6:10 CDT tilt. Dallas Keuchel will be making his long-awaited return from the disabled list to take on the Brad Ausmus led Tigers.
- Greg Thurston