The Phillies arrived in the nations capital for a three-game series against the Washington Nationals this weekend. Friday night saw the Phillies lose a tough one to the Nationals, 2-1. Sean O’Sullivan pitched six strong innings allowing only two runs off of five hits. Unfortunately, Nats starter Max Scherzer was that much better as he pitched eight innings and allowed only one run. Philadelphia’s offense was quiet as they only were able to scratch together six hits all night. Drew Storen came in for the save for Washington to close the game.
The Phillies bounced back in a big way on Saturday as they beat Washington, 8-1. What was more surprising than the Phillies scoring six runs, five earning, off of Stephen Strasburg is the fact they did this with Cole Hamels on the mound. Hamels was brilliant throughout his eight innings pitched. He gave up one earned run while allowing five hits. Philadelphia’s offense exploded in the third inning scoring four runs. Three of those four runs came off of the bat of Odubel Herrera with a three-run home run with two outs in the inning. Ryan Howard’s hot streak continued as he went 3-5 with his 10th home run of the season.
The hit parade unfortunately did not continue into Sunday as the Phillies fell, 4-1. Harang’s brilliant 2015 campaign continued as he went six innings while giving up two runs. He lowered his season ERA to 1.93. Regardless of his line, he took today’s loss and Gio Gonzalez took the win with 6.1 innings of one-run baseball. The Nationals bullpen came in and shut down the Phillies offense for the remainder of the game.
The Phillies hope to rebound tomorrow as they head to New York to take on the Mets on Memorial Day. First pitch is at 1:10 PM against the Mets.