Philadelphia Phillies vs Washington Nationals: Observations from Philly’s First Series Win

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Apr 9, 2017; Philadelphia, PA, USA; Philadelphia Phillies second baseman Cesar Hernandez (16) celebrates with teammates after hitting walk-off RBI single in bottom of ninth inning against the Washington Nationals at Citizens Bank Park. The Phillies defeated the Nationals, 4-3. Mandatory Credit: Eric Hartline-USA TODAY Sports
Apr 9, 2017; Philadelphia, PA, USA; Philadelphia Phillies second baseman Cesar Hernandez (16) celebrates with teammates after hitting walk-off RBI single in bottom of ninth inning against the Washington Nationals at Citizens Bank Park. The Phillies defeated the Nationals, 4-3. Mandatory Credit: Eric Hartline-USA TODAY Sports /
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Apr 8, 2017; Philadelphia, PA, USA; Philadelphia Phillies starting pitcher Aaron Nola (27) pitches during the first inning against the Washington Nationals at Citizens Bank Park. Mandatory Credit: John Geliebter-USA TODAY Sports /

Aaron Nola Returns Solid

Hidden behind Philadelphia’s monster performance on offense Saturday night was the return of Aaron Nola. It was his first start since July 28 of last season.

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The fact that Nola’s elbow didn’t flare up again made the start a success in its own right, but he had a solid outing as a whole. Nola went six innings, throwing 89 pitches as he gave up three runs on seven hits and two walks while striking out seven.

Nola’s health was the biggest question mark of the offseason, and even during spring training the questions persisted. After his start Saturday night, Nola told Jim Salisbury of CSN Philly that those questions are answered:

"“I’m healthy. I know a lot of people are wondering, or have been wondering, or are still wondering, but I’m healthy. And I feel great. I just want to stay healthy and maintain that for the remainder of the year.”"

Nola’s next start will come on Friday against the Nationals again, and the hope is that he can build off his first outing of the season.

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