Nola (5-9) gave up six earned runs on six hits and two walks over four-plus innings in Saturday's 7-4 loss to the Pirates. He labored through 80 pitches, throwing only 46 for strikes. The Pirates got to Nola early, with Starling Marte tallying an RBI single in the first and Jody Mercer driving in Josh Harrison with an RBI groundout in the second. Gregory Polanco knocked in two with a single in the fifth that chased Nola, and then David Freese's subsequent two-RBI hit went on the Phillies starter's ledger as well. The 23-year-old has now sandwiched two poor outings around the six scoreless innings he fired against the Marlins on Monday, and has dropped five straight decisions. He'll try turning things around against the Braves next Thursday.
Nola checked out fine after taking a liner to the shoulder Monday, Jerry Crasnick of ESPN reports. Nola initially stayed in the game, finishing out the sixth inning before being removed for precautionary reasons. He admitted Tuesday that the area is sore, but he's not expected to miss any time as his next start approaches.
Nola was removed from his start Monday after being hit on the right shoulder by a line-drive comebacker, Corey Seidman of CSN Philadelphia reports. Nola stayed in the game to finish the sixth inning and appears to have avoided an injury. Manager Pete Mackanin opted to take Nola out of the game early in order to avoid having his arm tighten up. He is scheduled to face the Pirates on Saturday in his next start.
Nola was fantastic in a no-decision on Monday, shutting out the Marlins through six innings, holding them to two hits and one walk while striking out five. Nola was removed after just 68 pitches, the fewest he's thrown in a start this season. The start was a nice turnaround for Nola, who allowed 27 runs over his five starts preceding the All-Star Break. He'll carry a 4.41 ERA into his start Saturday against the Pirates.
Nola will rejoin the Phillies' rotation July 18 against the Marlins, Todd Zolecki of MLB.com reports. Nola was the first Phillies starter to shut it down before the break and he will be one of the last to start coming out, giving him more than two weeks of rest between outings. The 23-year-old sat with a 2.65 ERA on June 5 but endured a horrible stretch of starts which inflated his ERA by more than two full runs. He still has a 3.20 FIP, however, and hopefully the down time will help Nola regain proper feel for his curveball.