Phillies fall back to .500 after loss to Nationals

This series sure isn’t the one for the Philadelphia Phillies as the team fell once again to the Washington Nationals on Tuesday in Philadelphia, 5-1.

The Phillies (26-26) sent Aaron Nola to the mound and he went six innings, giving up five hits and two runs.

With the win, the Nationals move to 32-21 and remain in the top spot in the NL East.

“We’re just getting out-homered every night,” Phillies manager Pete Mackanin told the Associated Press after the loss. “Four hits, we’re not hitting home runs. Once again, I feel like it’s a broken record. We’re not hitting. We had a good month and a half.

The first inning got off to a rocky start as former Phils right fielder Jayson Werth gave the  Nationals a 1-0 lead with a solo homer to left field. The score remained the same until the bottom of the third when Cesar Hernandez tripled to center allowing David Lough score to tie the game at one. In the top of the sixth, David Murphy homered to right field to give the Nationals a 2-1 advantage. Unfortunately, the Phillies remained at the one run for the rest of the game, while the Nationals added to their score at the top of the ninth when Danny Espinosa hit a two-run homer to right field followed by Stephen Drew sending a shot deep into center field for an inside-the-park homerun.

David Hernandez came in for Nola in the seventh and earned two strikeouts while keeping the Nats off the board for the inning. Andrew Bailey appeared in the eighth and gave up a hit, but still kept the Nationals off the board. Colton Murray closed off the nights for the Phils, giving up two hits and three runs in the ninth.

It was visibly obvious that the Phillies offense lacked, as Lough led the team, going 2-for-2 on the day while Odubel Herrera and Hernandez had a hit apiece.

NL MVP Bryce Harper missed the game, a day after he bruised his right knee when hit by a pitch.

The Phillies will close out the series with the Nationals on Wednesday. Adam Morgan (1-3, 6.67 ERA) will get the ball for the Phillies while the Nationals well send out Max Scherzer (5-4, 4.05 ERA). First pitch is at 7:05 p.m.

With the Nationals at the top of the East, the Phils drop to 5.5 games out of first.

With my first post with PattisonAve.com, I wish the outcome was better, but I am happy to be a part of a great team on here supporting the greatest city in sports!

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