The Phillies (29-34) got down in an early 3-0 hole in the 2nd inning, but they managed to rally to take a 4-3 lead in the top of the 9th thanks to a Maikel Franco home run. However, the Nationals (39-24) were able to load the bases in the bottom half of the inning and ex-Phillies Jayson Werth delivered a single up the middle that scored the tying and game winning run. The Nats’ win today gave them a series sweep over the Phillies.
The Phillies didn’t manage to push across their first run in today’s game until the 5th inning thanks to a solo home run by Cody Asche, his first of the season. In the next inning, starting pitcher Adam Morgan led off the inning with a leadoff double and Odubel Herrera promptly followed that up with a double of his own to make it a 3-2 game. The next batter, Freddy Galvis, singled home Herrera to tie the game at 3. Franco was the only Phillie to record multiple hits in today’s game and his second hit was a big one. Franco delivered a solo home run in the 9th inning off Jonathan Papelbon that gave the Phillies the 4-3 lead. Werth and Danny Espinosa were the only Washington players to record multiple hits today, but both of them delivered in big ways. Espinosa hit his 11th home run of the season in the 2nd inning that gave them a 3-0 lead, and Werth delivered the big walkoff single with the bases loaded and two outs.
Phillies starter Morgan bounced back from a rough start to this season with a solid start in today’s game, but did not earn a decision. Morgan pitched 6 and 2/3 solid innings, allowing 3 runs on 5 hits and 3 walks while striking out a career high 8 batters. David Hernandez provided a scoreless inning and 1/3 of relief in today’s ballgame and turned the ball over to Jeanmar Gomez for the save. However, Gomez allowed Werth and the Nationals to score 2 runs in the bottom of the ninth and earned himself his 2nd blown save of the season and his 2nd loss of the season. Nationals starter Joe Ross pitched 7 innings today on the way to a no decision, allowing 3 runs on 5 hits while striking out 8 batters. Papelbon surrendered the lead in the top of the 9th for the Nats, but his team’s rally in the bottom half of the inning bailed him out and got him his first victory of the season.
The Phillies will hit the road for Toronto as they prepare to begin a three game interleague series against the Blue Jays starting tomorrow night. Jerad Eickhoff (3-8, 3.68 ERA) gets the ball tomorrow night for the Phillies against R.A. Dickey (4-6, 4.15 ERA) for the Blue Jays. Eickhoff has been improving greatly since his rocky start to the season, but he will have a tough task tomorrow night as he goes against Josh Donaldson and the high-powered Toronto offense.
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