The baseball season is 162 games long and every possible number is tracked, leading to quirky statistical anomalies. These aren’t particularly insightful or important but they’re fun, and part of what make baseball, baseball.
Phillies super-prospect Aaron Nola made his major league debut tonight, and through six innings gave up a single run. That first-ever run allowed was a home run to opposing pitcher Nate Karns. It was the first hit, let alone home run, of Karns’s career, and the first hit for a Rays pitcher since July of last season. It was also the first home run by an American League pitcher since Zach Britton went deep in 2011.
Here it is: