After dominating for eight innings Saturday, with the Phillies clutching a one-run lead, Aaron Nola walked faraway from the mound and into the dugout.
Surely he attempted to speak interim supervisor Rob Thomson into sending him back out for the 9th.
“Nah,” Nola stated. “Tomper stated that turned into it.”
It actually wasn’t a debate. Not with Nola having thrown one hundred and five pitches, 4 off his season excessive
The debate, although, could be about which reliever changed him. Thomson chose lefty Brad Hand in preference to Seranthony Domínguez, and Hand promptly blew the shop towards the Washington Nationals.
The Phillies wound up winning. Of path they did. Rhys Hoskins, who got maximum of the day without work
came off the bench and introduced an RBI unmarried before Domínguez tossed a scoreless backside of the 10th inning to close out a 2-1 victory earlier than a sellout crowd on Ryan Zimmerman’s jersey retirement day.
To update the every day tally: The Phillies have won 15 of their final 17 video games and are 14-2 beneath Thomson
The nice sixteen-game roll to start a managerial profession considering that Alex Cora began 14-2 with the 2018 Boston Red Sox
They have also won 12 consecutive games over the Nationals and eleven in a row in Washington.
But a lot of the postgame communique targeted on Thomson’s decision to go together with Hand, particularly because Domínguez has allowed a grand total of 1 run in his remaining 17 appearances.
Thomson defined that he desired Hand in opposition to the coronary heart of the Nationals’ order, specifically lefty-hitting Juan Soto, who came up first within the 9th inning.
But Nola changed into so desirable that it appeared a 1-0 lead would hold up. He allowed 4 hits — all singles — and most effective one runner into scoring position
He racked up 8 strikeouts and turned into a strike-throwing device, cost effective and efficient.
Asked earlier than the game which Phillies players need to be within the All-Star Game next month
Thomson encouraged for Nola, who has a 2.64 ERA in his closing 11 starts offevolved.