Aaron Nola Tosses 2 Innings in Phillies’ Spring Training Home Opener
Aaron Nola got the starting nod for the Philadelphia Phillies in Monday’s spring training home opener against the Baltimore Orioles at BayCare Ballpark in Clearwater.
The right-hander got two innings of work in, giving up four hits, two runs and striking out one batter.
"Its Spring Training, of course I'm working on things," Nola said during the TV broadcast on NBC Sports Philadelphia. "Working on trying to fill up the strike zone and my delivery."
Monday also marked the first time that Nola has been able to pitch in front of fans in nearly a year, as an announced crowd of 1,886 fans were in attendance.
"You can't replace human beings in the stands, it was refreshing to hear them again today," Nola said.
The city of Philadelphia announced they will allow 20% capacity at Citizens Bank Park to open the season and Nola figures to get the first crack to pitch in front of them when the Phillies host the Braves on Opening Day.
"To have fans back in the stands at Citizens Bank Park will be awesome," Nola admitted.
As for who will follow Nola, it will likely be Zack Wheeler, who will get the ball Tuesday in Dunedin against the Blue Jays. Wheeler and No. 3 starter Zach Eflin, who will pitch on Wednesday in Lakeland against the Tigers.
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