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While the rest of the country focuses on things like Donald Trump or baseball teams that are actually in contention, our Phillies (56-91) lost by 10 to the Washington Nationals (75-70) on Wednesday night at Citizens Bank Park.
Alec Asher (0-4, 9.78) made his fourth start for the Phillies, and continued to struggle. He gave up four earned runs in five innings and benefitted from two runners being thrown out at home in the fifth, which prevented more damage.
Nationals starter Gio Gonzalez (11-7, 3.83 ERA) was impressive, notching 12 strikeouts in seven innings while giving up only two runs, each on Phils’ outfielder Darin Ruf’s eighth home run of the year. Catcher Cameron Rupp was the only Phillie with multiple hits, finishing 2-3.
The Phillies bullpen also had a terrible night, as Hector Neris, Justin De Fratus, Nefi Ogando, and Ken Roberts combined to pitch four innings while giving up eight earned runs. None of these pitchers were able to get through an inning without giving up at least one run.
Next up for Philadelphia is a three game weekend series with the Atlanta Braves in a battle for fourth place in the division. Adam Morgan (5-6, 4.60 ERA) takes the hill for the Phillies on Friday for the first game of the series. Atlanta’s starter has yet to be announced. First pitch is set for 7:35 p.m. at Turner Field.