The Phillies (29-33) were once again shown who has the power in the NL East. The first place Nationals (38-24) showed off their stacked lineup as they put up 8+ runs for the second straight night against the Phillies at Nationals Park in Washington. Last night Jeremy Hellickson was the casualty of the Washington hitters, and today Nola fell victim to the loaded Nats lineup in an 8-0 loss this afternoon.
The Phillies were shutout for only the third time this year today as the team managed seven hits in the ballgame, but went 0 for 7 with runners in scoring position and left 8 runners on base. The lone Phillies player to record multiple hits today was third baseman Maikel Franco. Franco went 2 for 3 with a walk and a strikeout this afternoon. Tommy Joseph earned the starting first baseman job according to Manager Pete Makanin after last night’s two home run performance. Joseph recorded a hit during his first official game as the starting first baseman for the Philadelphia Phillies. The Nationals put up 8 runs on 13 hits this afternoon. The four run 2nd inning by Washington put the Phillies and Aaron Nola in an early hole they could never get out of. Michael Taylor and Clint Robinson both recorded three hits in today’s ballgame.
Nola has been the Phillies most consistent and successful pitcher on the Phillies staff this season, but he struggled in this afternoon’s contest. Nola wasn’t able to contain the Nats’ hitters as he allowed 4 runs on 7 hits and a walk in only 3 and 2/3 innings pitched. Nola earned the loss today falling to 5-5 with a 2.98 ERA on the year. Elvis Araujo allowed 2 runs on 2 hits in 2/3 innings of relief. Andrew Bailey, David Hernandez, and Hector Neris also appeared in today’s game. Nationals starter Tanner Roark earned the win this afternoon, improving to 5-4 with a 2.93 ERA on the year. Roark allowed 6 hits in 7 shutout innings.
The Phillies will look to avoid being swept tomorrow afternoon as the two teams are back at it at 4:05 in Washington. Phillies starter Adam Morgan (1-5, 6.70 ERA) goes against Joe Ross (5-4, 2.92 ERA) as he looks to get back on track this season and snap the Phils current 3 game losing streak.
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