Aaron Nola
Aaron Nola faced a challenging outing on Thursday, giving up six hits and three earned runs as the Phillies suffered a 3-2 defeat against Tampa Bay in Port Charlotte. 
 
Despite his zero walks and five strikeouts over 3 2/3 innings, Nola encountered early trouble, allowing an RBI single to Harold Ramirez in the first inning. His difficulties continued when an infield single by Jose Siri resulted in two runs, compounded by a botched grounder by Edmundo Sosa and Rodolfo Castro. 
 
This marks Nola's second consecutive challenging outing, following a previous performance where he conceded seven hits and four earned runs against Miami. He is expected to make three more starts in spring training before potentially lining up for another opening-day start on March 28 against the Braves at Citizens Bank Park. 
 
Notably, Sosa and Bryson Stott crossed home plate in the third inning off Aramis Garcia's single. Garcia maintains an impressive .500 batting average this spring, securing runs against journeyman veteran Shawn Armstrong. Johan Rojas finished 1-for-4 while Sosa showcased a strong presence with two hits, including a double. 
 
The Phillies received solid performances from their bullpen, with six pitchers allowing just four hits and a walk. Yunior Marte and veteran Ryan Burr notably contributed with scoreless innings. 
Looking ahead, the Phillies are set to face the Astros at 1:05 p.m. on Friday at BayCare Ballpark. Ranger Suárez will make his second Grapefruit League start, opposing Astros righty Spencer Arrighetti.

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