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Aaron Nola's high pitch count gets in the way of history

Aaron Nola's high pitch count gets in the way of history

As impressive as Aaron Nola has been over the last calendar year, Saturday's start against the Blue Jays may have been his most dominant.

Nola had no-hit stuff — literally and figuratively — but a high pitch count got in the way of some history.

Nola did not allow a hit until his career-high 113th pitch, which came with two on and two outs in the seventh inning of a one-run game. After a mound visit from Gabe Kapler, Nola allowed a seeing-eye single between third and short to .154 hitter Russell Martin to tie the game.

Seranthony Dominguez was able to escape the jam with a two-pitch groundout that kept the game tied at 1-1.

Nola's final line: 6⅔ innings, 1 hit, 1 run, 3 walks, 10 strikeouts.

The Blue Jays didn't even reach the outfield until the seventh inning against Nola, who is 6-2 with a 2.27 ERA.

Unfortunately for Nola, his team couldn't do much against veteran Blue Jays lefty Jaime Garcia, who allowed one run through seven innings on just 73 pitches.

Nola has been lights-out at Citizens Bank Park this season, where he's 5-0 with a 1.94 ERA. This game was actually his only no-decision at home in 20 starts since the beginning of 2018.

Bobby Abreu named as Phillies Wall of Fame inductee

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Bobby Abreu named as Phillies Wall of Fame inductee

Former rightfielder Bobby Abreu has been selected as this year’s inductee for the Phillies Wall of Fame. 

Abreu, who played for the Phils from 1998-06, was one of 10 nominees. 

He will be honored before the Phillies’ game against the White Sox on Saturday, Aug. 3 at 7:05 p.m. as a part of Alumni Weekend. 

“Bobby Abreu was one of the most consistent offensive players of his generation,” Phillies executive vice president David Buck said in a statement released by the team. “His power and speed, combined with his patience at the plate, probably put him ahead of his time in Major League Baseball. We are very excited to be honoring him for his contributions to Phillies history with his Toyota Wall of Fame induction.” 

Here’s a recap of Abreu’s career with the Phillies: 

• Hit .303/.416/.513 in his nine seasons in Philadelphia

• Hit 195 home runs and knocked in 814 runs 

• Third all-time in Phillies history in walks (947), OPS (.928) and on-base percentage (.416) 

• Seven straight seasons with at least 20 homers and 100 walks 

• Most outfield assists (89) among all Phillies since 1970

• Two-time All-Star (2004, 2005) 

• 2005 Gold Glove winner 

• 2004 Silver Slugger 

Abreu, now 45, joined the Phillies’ organization back in 1997 in a trade for shortstop Kevin Stocker. Abreu was taken by the Rays in the expansion draft, but was quickly dealt to the Phils. In his first season with the Phillies in 1988, Abreu hit .312 with 17 homers and 74 RBIs. He was a consistently productive hitter for years in a Phillies uniform. 

In the 2006 season, Abreu was traded to the Yankees  for prospects. After that year, Abreu played six more seasons. He had 100-plus RBIs in the three seasons after the Phillies traded him. 

Abreu has been a guest instructor at spring training for the past two seasons. 

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Phillies grace cover of Sports Illustrated for first time in eight years

Phillies grace cover of Sports Illustrated for first time in eight years

The “new-look Phillies” are Sports Illustrated official. 

With opening day approaching quickly, four Phillies are on this week’s cover of Sports Illustrated, posing with the words “Loved in Philly, feared everywhere else”. 

Nothing like creating some hype for opening day by being on the cover of SI, right? 

Looking at Bryce Harper in red and white pinstripes will never get old, but seeing him posing with teammates Aaron Nola, Rhys Hoskins and J.T. Realmuto is quite a sight. All four guys are smiling and looking ready to start this season.

So far, it’s been a big year for Philly sports, as the Sixers were just on the cover in February and the Eagles were there in January. Back-to-back-to-back months with Philly teams on the cover? Not too shabby. 

This is the first time the Phillies have been on the cover of Sports Illustrated since 2011, after a run of some pretty iconic covers.

 We’re hoping this will be the first of many covers for this group. 

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