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.