In the final game of the 3 game set, it was up to Philadelphia Phillies LHP Adam Morgan (1-8, 6.50 ERA) to help them avoid the sweep against the Washington Natinals LHP Gio Gonzalez (9-9, 4.25).
Again like each game this series though, Morgan pitched well enough to win, but Gonzalez was better, or the Phillies hitters were just that much worse, as DC edged the Phils 2-1.
Just like he did on Monday, Jason Werth hit a one out solo shot in the 1st inning, this one very deep to CF.
Both pitchers then took over, only giving up a hit each, until Freddy Galvis took a full count FB out to LCF with one out in the 5th to tie the game at 1. Morgan followed with an easy 1-2-3 SDI.
Morgan finally got in to trouble with 2 outs in the 7th, giving up back to back hits, the second being an RBI single by Wilson Ramos to make it 2-1 Nats. His night was done with an otherwise solid 6.2 inning QS, 3H, 2R, both earned, 0BB, 5K, 1HR, 103 pitches, 63 for strikes, but no chance to get the win.
Gonzalez had many deep counts early so he was pulled for a PH with bases loaded in that same inning, after 6 in, 2H, 1ER, 1BB, 4K, 1HR, 101 pitches, 61 for strikes. Edubray Ramos got into that jam, but finally got the third out, so the Phillies were still only down 2-1 and the game was in the hands of both bullpens.
For the second night in a row Cesar Hernandez reached on a walk to start the 9th, and then erased on a DP to end that threat, and Franco ended the ballgame with a GO to seal the sweep. Morgan with the L drops to 1-9, but lowered his ERA a tic to 6.21. Gonazlez improves to 10-9, 4.14, and Shawn Kelley earned the S (7).
Whole Lotta Nothing: The Phillies only scored 3 runs this series on nine hits, and none against the Natinals pen, not that DC was lighting up the scoreboard with 9R. Six of the Phils regulars pulled 0fers tonight against the most hittable guy in the Nats rotation in Gonzalez. Only Odubel Herrera and Galvis had hits. As a team they were hitting under .190 against DC. This a good indicator of why they were o-9 against the Nationals -the first time ever swept three consecutive times by the Expos/Natinals franchise.
Next Ups: After an off day tomorrow the Atlanta Braves come to town for a 3 game series to end the home stand. RHP Jeremy Hellickson (10-8, 3.80) will face Joel De La Cruz (0-7, 4.66) Del La Cruz has given up 17R (14 earned) his last four times out. On paper this should help the Phils offense that seems to be on summer vacation.