Aaron Nola started against the Jupiter Hammerheads Friday night. Jupiter is about 3.5 hours away, so I listened again over the net and charted from home.
As I mentioned last week, Nola throws 3 pitches – a fastball, change, and curve. Based on the calls during the game, it sounds like he throws about 50 percent fastballs, 30 percent change-ups, and 20 percent curve balls. This is by no means exact, but more a rough idea of how often he throws each. He threw a lot more curves in the fifth inning than he did in earlier innings.
Nola’s line –
- 5 IP; 5 H; 1 ER; 1 BB; 4K
Here’s a further breakdown of Nola’s outing –
Nola threw 68 pitches in 5 innings – 44 strikes and 24 balls. (On July 19th; 69:53/16)
He faced 21 batters and started 13 with first pitch strikes.
He threw 13 of 16 strikes pitches in the 3rd inning.
- He threw 5 strikes in an 11-pitch 2nd inning.
He ran three 3-ball counts
He walked his first batter since June 23rd, 5 starts and 22 innings ago .
He struck out 4, 1 called and 3 swinging.
- Among Nola’s 44 strikes were 12 called strikes, 8 foul balls, 8 swinging strikes (3 for strike outs as mentioned above), and 16 put into play.
- He induced 6 easy ground balls, 4 easy fly balls, and a line drive to an outfielder.
- Only one of the 5 hits he allowed went for extra bases, an RBI double.
- Of the 4 singles, 2 were line drives, 2 were ground balls.
- He advanced one runner on a third strike wild pitch in the dirt.
- Another advanced on a stolen base.
- Nola left with a 2-1 lead but didn’t figure in the decision.
Kevin Walter took the loss, giving up 2 unearned runs. The Threshers only managed 4 hits and 3 walks. They struck out 12 times. They lost 3-2.
No word on whether this was Nola’s last start for Clearwater. The Threshers are using a 6-man rotation, and he is listed on their web site as the starter next Thursday in the final game of the road trip in Fort Myers.