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Phillies ace Aaron Nola ties Tom Seaver’s 51-year-old MLB record with 10 consecutive strikeouts

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The Phillies and Mets took took Citi Field for a doubleheader Friday afternoon and Phillies ace Aaron Nola was sure ready to storm out of the proverbial gate.

After he hit Mets leadoff man Jeff McNeil with the third pitch of the game and gave up a double to Francisco Lindor, Nola took control of his opposition. Nola would go on to strike the next 10 Mets out. That tied the 51-year-old Major League Baseball record, held by the late great Tom Seaver, then with the Mets.

Pete Alonso followed the record-tying strikeout with a double in the fourth inning. 

Nola also set the Phillies franchise record with his 10 consecutive strikeouts. The previous Phillies record for consecutive strikeouts was seven (Steve Carlton, Curt Schilling and Jerad Eickhoff). 

Prior to Friday, Nola was having a sub-par year, at least by his lofty standards. A former All-Star who has finished third (2018) and seventh (2020) before in Cy Young voting, Nola was 5-4 with a 4.22 ERA, 1.22 WHIP and 95 strikeouts in 85 1/3 innings before this start. 

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