Philadelphia Phillies look to end series with Mets on a high note

Philadelphia Phillies hurler Aaron Nola put together another strong outing
The Philadelphia Phillies are looking to close out their four-game series with the New York Mets with back-to-back victories as the two clubs conclude their set this afternoon at Citizens Bank Park.

The Phillies benefited last night from another stellar outing from Aaron Nola and timely hits from Cesar Hernandez and Freddy Galvis in a 3-2 win.

Nola tossed seven innings of two-hit ball, surrendering just one run. He notched eight strikeouts. The start marked the 10th consecutive time he allowed two runs or fewer, a franchise record according to Elias Sports Bureau. The previous Phillies' franchise record was set by Cole Hamels who had nine such starts in 2009.

Outfielder Nick Williams collected his 39th hit of the season last night in what his just his 35th game of the season. The 39 hits in 35 games is the most for a Phillie since Jimmy Rollins had 40 in 35 games to begin his career.

Eflin on the Hill
Zach Eflin pitched well in his previous start, his first after being recalled after spending nearly two months at triple-A Lehigh Valley. He hurled seven innings while picking up a win against Atlanta, scattering seven hits while surrendering two runs. In four starts this season at Citizens Bank Park he's 0-4 with a 7.13 ERA.

Eflin faced the Mets back in April, recording a no-decision after tossing five innings while surrendering two runs, one earned.

The Mets counter with Chris Flexen who is making his fourth big league start. The righty recorded his first major league win his last time out, tossing 5 2/3 innings while surrendering three runs in a Mets 5-4 victory over the Texas Rangers.

Today's Lineup
1. Cesar Hernandez, 2B
2. Freddy Galvis, SS
3. Odubel Herrera, CF
4. Rhys Hoskins, RF
5. Nick Williams, LF
6. Maikel Franco, 3B
7. Hyun Soo Kim, LF
8. Jorge Alfaro, C
9. Zach Eflin, P  

What's Next
Following this afternoon's series finale the Phillies will again travel out west for a seven-game trip with three contests against the San Diego Padres and four against the San Francisco Giants. 
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BY PATRICK GORDON
Managing Editor
pgordon@philadelphiabaseballreview.com

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