By Sam Bush
Aaron Nola came up big in Thursday’s victory over the Reds, racking up 11 strikeouts over nine scoreless innings — recording his third career shutout.
The right-hander scattered just five hits on the night and didn’t walk a batter.
Nola generated 16 swinging strikes on 101 pitches in the ballgame — eight of those on his knuckle curve — while posting an elite CSW of 40 percent.
After going without a shutout through the first five seasons of his big league career, Nola has now notched one in each of the last three seasons. He’ll carry a stellar 3.08 ERA, 0.94 WHIP and 185/22 K/BB ratio into Tuesday’s matchup against the Diamondbacks in Arizona.