Well this was a weekend that the Phillies would like to forget. After losing two of three games against the Chicago Cubs, Philadelphia rolled into Washington and were swept away in a three-game series against the Nationals.
Friday night started promising with Jeremy Hellickson (4-4, 4.34 ERA) on the mound. The Phils busted out to a 4-0 lead off of Stephen Strasburg (10-0, 3,03) in large thanks to Tommy Joseph, the Phillies official starting first baseman. With the Phillies already up 2-0, Joseph extended the lead in the third inning with his first two-run home run of the game. That was unfortunately when the tide started to turn. The Nationals answered back and scored nine runs over the next five innings. Going into the eighth inning down 9-4, Joseph came up big again with another two-run home run. This would be his fourth RBI of the game. Sadly, it was not enough and the Phillies were not able to complete the comeback. The Phillies fell to the Nationals, 9-6.
Saturday saw Aaron Nola (5-5, 2.98 ERA) pitch arguably his worst game of the season. The usually reliable Nola was hit hard giving up four earned runs, but over 3.2 innings pitched – his shortest outing of his young 26 start career. The Nationals Tanner Roark was virtually unhittable has he pitched seven shutout innings with seven strike outs and only gave up six hits. The Nationals didn’t stop after their four runs off of Nola as they went on to score three more runs off of the Phillies bullpen. One of those runs came from the Phillies former center fielder, Ben Revere. The Phillies scrapped together only one more hit after Roark left the game as they lost to the Nationals, 8-0. Astoundingly this was only the 3rd time they were shut out this season.
Sunday was a wild affair in the nations capital. The Nationals came out of the gate strong as they were up 3-0 by the end of the second inning. While Phillies starter Adam Morgan (1-5, 6.33 ERA) who has been struggling this season, those would be the only runs he would give up in his 6.2 innings on the mound. The Phillies would claw their way back and tie the game up due to a home run from Cody Asche and an RBI from Odubel Herrera and Freddy Galvis. With the game tied 3-3 in the top of the ninth inning, former Phillies Jonathan Papelbon came in for the Nats and immediately surrendered a lead off home run off of Maikel Franco. The Phillies went into the bottom of the ninth inning with the 4-3 lead and called upon Jeanmar Gomez to close out the game. After sandwiching a single and a walk between two outs, another former Phillie Jayson Werth came up with runners on second and third. With the count 2-2, Werth singled to center, winning the ballgame for Washington, 5-4.
The Phillies hope to put their four-game losing streak to a stop tomorrow as the club heads to Canada to take on the Toronto Blue Jays. First pitch of the two-game series is tomorrow at 7:07pm.