Howard’s homer not enough as Phillies fall to Nats 3-2

Ryan Howard’s 20th home run of the season wasn’t enough offense for our Philadelphia Phillies (60-72), as they fell to the division leading Washington Nationals (77-55) for the second straight night, this time by the score of 3-2.

Jerad Eickhoff threw yet another quality start, tossing six innings while giving up three runs, but took his 13th loss of the season against Washington ace Max Scherzer. The Phillies didn’t even get a baserunner until Cameron Rupp walked in the 5th, and didn’t get their first hit until Freddy Galvis doubled to leadoff the 6th. Galvis promptly got picked off trying to steal 3rd base with only one out, killing all momentum with the Phillies already down 3-0 at the time.

Howard’s two-run homer was really the only highlight for the good guys, as Scherzer mostly dazzled through eight innings while giving up only three hits, striking out 11, and walking one. Howard’s home run would end up being the last hit of the game for the Phillies. Cesar Hernandez walked to leadoff the bottom of the 9th, but Maikel Franco would ground into a double play to end the game.

Not much else to look forward to this season but to hope to avoid any more injuries and see what the September call-ups can do.

Next Up:

It’s another mismatch on paper as the Phillies look to avoid the sweep on Wednesday night. It’ll be Adam Morgan (1-8, 6.50 ERA) taking the hill for the home team, opposed by Washington’s Gio Gonzalez (9-9, 4.25). First pitch is set for 7:05 p.m.

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