Phillies’ starter Aaron Nola ties Mets legend’s strikeout record…vs. Mets
Philadelphia Phillies ace Aaron Nola tied New York Mets icon Tom Seaver’s MLB record for consecutive strikeouts in a game. Ironically, he accomplished the feat in a start against the Mets at Citi Field.
Aaron Nola with 10 straight strikeouts, tying Tom Seaver for the MLB record
And he did against the Mets.
— Sarah Langs (@SlangsOnSports) June 25, 2021
After opening up his outing by hitting Mets leadoff hitter Jeff McNeil with a pitch and surrendering a double to shortstop Francisco Lindor, Nola struck out the next 10 Mets batters he faced, which tied Seaver’s 51-year old feat.
In order, the Phillies right-hander fanned:
- Michael Conforto
- Pete Alonso
- Dominic Smith
- James McCann
- Kevin Pillar
- Luis Guillorme
- Taijuan Walker
With one out in the bottom of the 4th inning, Nola’s streak ended when he allowed a double to Alonso. He then induced a Smith groundout before striking out catcher McCann to end the inning with 11 Ks on 66 pitches.
Yet, the Phillies were unable to take advantage of Nola’s record-setting dominance. Through four innings, the Phillies’ had zero runs on two hits — with one coming from Nola. Then, in the top of the 5th, Nola took matters further into his own hands, driving in catcher J.T. Realmuto to put Philadelphia up 1-0.
Aaron Nola today:
11 Ks on the mound.
2-2 at the plate with a huge RBI double. pic.twitter.com/CWNGyGBBXR
— NBC Sports Philadelphia (@NBCSPhilly) June 25, 2021
The NL East rivals are playing a double-header of 7-inning games on Friday. The Phillies (34-37) entered the pivotal four-game weekend series in Queens trailing the first-place Mets (38-31) by 5 games.
Like his team, Nola has had an underwhelming first-third of the 2021 season. Through 15 starts, he’s 5-4 with a 4.22 ERA and 1.22 WHIP. He ranked 23rd in baseball in strikeouts per 9 innings (10.0), though that number will go up after Friday’s performance.