In a tale of two teams heading in opposite directions, Max Scherzer (6-4, 3.87 ERA) and the Washington Nationals (33-21) completed a sweep of our Philadelphia Phillies (26-27) on Wednesday night at Citizens Bank Park with a 7-2 win.
Scherzer was dominant for the Nats, racking up 11 strikeouts in 8 innings of work while allowing only five hits. His only blemish came when he gave up a walk to Freddy Galvis in the bottom of the 7th, which was immediately followed up by Tyler Goeddel‘s 3rd home run of the season. Unfortunately for the home team, they were already down 7-0 at that point, and that was all the offense they could muster in the game.
Adam Morgan (1-4, 7.07) got the start for the Phillies and continued to struggle. He gave up a 1st inning run after hitting Daniel Murphy with a pitch, who promptly scored on a Ryan Zimmerman double. Wilson Ramos made it 2-0 in the 4th with an RBI single, and it was Ramos again in the 6th who broke the game open with a three-run homer. Morgan’s final line: 6 IP, 6 ER, 9H, 6K. If he can’t step it up soon, he’ll be in serious danger of losing his spot in the rotation, perhaps to someone like Zach Eflin, who still sports a sub-3.00 ERA for AAA Lehigh Valley despite getting knocked around in his last start.
- The Phillies acquired 27-year old utility bat Jimmy Parades from Toronto for cash considerations before the game. Emmanuel Burriss was designated for assignment. The hope is that Parades can provide some pop to the lineup. Parades hit 10 home runs with a .275 average in 384 plate appearances for the Baltimore Orioles last season. Parades struck out in his Phillies debut on Wednesday while pinch-hitting in the 6th.
- Brett Oberholtzer continued to struggle in the long-relief role, giving up a run in the 7th to see his ERA balloon to 6.66
- Elvis Araujo was the only highlight for the Phillies pitching staff, tossing two scoreless of mop-up duty to lower his ERA to 3.21
- Tommy Joseph got the rare start against a RHP, but failed to impress, finishing 0-4.
- The loss leaves the Phillies in 4th place and 6.5 games behind the Nats in the NL East standings.
The Milwaukee Brewers (24-29) come to town for a four-game weekend series at Citizens Bank Park, providing a much-needed reprieve in the middle of this stretch against the National League’s best teams. Jerad Eickhoff (2-7, 4.07) gets the start for the Phillies tonight. He’ll be opposed by Milwaukee’s Chase Anderson (2-6, 5.00). First pitch is set for 7:05 p.m.