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Brotherly Love? Phillies' Aaron Nola could face Padres' Austin Nola

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Philadelphia Phillies at San Diego Padres

  1. The Padres took two of three in Philadelphia from May 17-19 with all three games resulting in shutouts. Eight total runs combined were scored in the three games, with the Padres hitting .218 in the series while the Phillies hit .189.
  2. The Phillies have lost three straight games after winning five in-a-row and are currently 4-3 on the current road trip. They are 17-17 on the road this season with the last season they finished over .500 on the road being 2012.
  3. Kyle Schwarber is hitting .280 in June after hitting .185 in April and May combined. He hit his 19th home run of the season yesterday and is tied for second in the National League. 11 of his 19 home runs this season have been when he bats leadoff.
  4. The Padres just swept the Diamondbacks in a three-game series after getting swept in Colorado. Yesterday, they won 10-4 despite committing four errors. The last time they won a game while committing four or more errors was May 14, 2016 at Milwaukee.
  5. Jorge Alfaro is hitting .375 (12-for-32) with three home runs, six runs batted in and six runs scored in his last eight games. He hit his sixth home run of the season yesterday, and has four this month in 13 games compared to having two in the first two months (25 games).
  6. Joe Musgrove is one win behind the major league leader (Tony Gonsolin) and is 0.01 in ERA behind him for the major league lead. Randy Jones is the only Padre to lead the major leagues (tied that season with Jim Palmer) in wins when he did it in 1976 and won the Cy Young.
Notes Applicable For Series Dates: 6/23/2022 thru 6/26/2022
(AP Photo/Gregory Bull)

Philadelphia Phillies right-hander Aaron Nola will square off against Padres rookie left-hander MacKenzie Gore on Friday night in San Diego.

But that's not the matchup everyone is talking about.

Will Nola (4-4, 3.11 ERA) face his brother Austin? Will Austin Nola start at catcher for the Padres for the second straight game so he can bat against his brother? Or will former Phillie Jorge Alfaro serve as the catcher for San Diego?

Nothing is certain with Bob Melvin managing the Padres. After all, San Diego -- which was without Manny Machado -- had its next two leading run producers, Jake Cronenworth and Luke Voit, on the bench during its 6-2 loss to Philadelphia in the series opener on Thursday.

Melvin might have offered a hint of a Nola vs. Nola showdown late Thursday night.

"Nola is swinging the bat a lot better," Melvin said of his catcher. "He's squaring things up and using the entire field. When he was struggling earlier ... it's hard to put that behind you at times."

But Austin Nola had two hits Thursday for a second straight game. Over the past nine games, he is 11-for-29 with two doubles, a homer, six RBIs and five runs while raising his average 20 points to .239.

"Austin and I enjoy competition," Aaron Nola said last year. "I don't think it's as much a brother thing as it is doing well for your team."

Until now, Austin Nola has three career plate appearances against his brother. He is 0-for-2 with a strikeout and a walk.

"We both have the same mindset when we're facing each other one-to-one," Austin Nola said. "My hope is that we're playing on the same team at some time."

"Austin was always the leader in our off-season workouts," Aaron Nola said. "He pushed me. He was always positive. I was so happy when reached the majors. I had tears in my eyes. He busted his butt. I'm biased as his brother, but how could you not want it for a guy like that?"

Except maybe when they're facing one another.

Aaron Nola did not face the Padres earlier this season when the teams met in Philadelphia. He is 2-3 with a 3.38 ERA in seven career meetings vs. San Diego.

He will make his 15th start of the season Friday with a National League-leading 0.87 WHIP to go with a .206 opponents' batting average. He has given up 32 runs (31 earned) on 67 hits and 11 walks with 99 strikeouts in 89 2/3 innings.

Aaron Nola and Gore (4-3, 3.64 ERA) have one thing in common: Both are former first-round draft picks of their respective teams. Nola was the seventh overall pick in the 2014 draft out of LSU, and Gore was the third overall pick in the 2017 draft out of high school.

Gore allowed three hits with four strikeouts in three innings of relief against the Phillies on May 17. He has given up 14 runs on 14 hits and seven walks in 6 1/3 innings over his last two starts.

In his four previous outings before that, Gore surrendered only one run on 11 hits and eight walks with 29 strikeouts in 22 innings.

--Field Level Media

Updated June 24, 2022

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