As much fun as the three straight walkoff wins turned out to be for Phillies fans, there was also a lot of angst and aggravation along the way. So most fans wouldn’t have complained much if the team turned in an easy win on Sunday. As it turned out, Aaron Nola and the offense were amenable to that idea as they breezed to a 7-0 win over the Yankees.
It feels like every Aaron Nola starts sparks a fresh debate of “Is Aaron Nola an ace?” and over the past month or so, he hasn’t provided much reason for people to answer that question affirmatively. But he was back to being excellent on Sunday afternoon, allowing just three hits while striking out nine in 7.2 scoreless innings. The only time they had a runner get past first base was when Rougned Odor led off with a double, and was then promptly erased on a fielder’s choice.
Aaron Nola, Nasty Back-to-Back Knuckle Curves. pic.twitter.com/R2TEsdEFUs— Rob Friedman (@PitchingNinja) June 13, 2021
The Phillies’ lineup doesn’t always back such efforts with a lot of run support, but that wasn’t a problem on Sunday. Much like the day before, the Phillies’ hitters jumped all over the Yankees’ starting pitcher early. Domingo German fell into an early hole when J.T. Realmuto had an RBI infield hit in the first, and then Jean Segura and Odubel Herrera extended the lead to 4-0 in the second.
Jean Segura stays red-hot and the Phils are off to an early lead against the Yankees. pic.twitter.com/PDonyGz6GP— NBC Sports Philadelphia (@NBCSPhilly) June 13, 2021
The Phillies ended their scoring in the fifth after Andrew McCutchen doubled to make it 7-0, but the pitchers made sure that was more than sufficient. Connor Brogdon needed just one pitch to finish off the eighth inning, while Enyel De Los Santos impressed with a 97 MPH fastball in pitching a scoreless ninth.
And just like that, the Phillies are on a four-game winning streak. It’s a good time for them to be heating up, since they’ll be flying out West to take on the defending champion Dodgers. If the Phillies can continue to combine this level of pitching and hitting, they may prove to be more than the champs can handle.