Final: Washington Nationals 10, Philadelphia Phillies 6 ❖ Attendance: 38,073
PHILADELPHIA, Pa. — At one point in tonight's game, the Philadelphia Phillies (7-3) had a 6-1 lead over the Washington Nationals (5-5). Then, the Nats scored nine unanswered runs and handed an extra inning loss to the Phils. It was the second time in the last week that the Phillies blew a significant lead against their division rivals from D.C. and ended up losing the ballgame. It's concerning, to say the least.
Phillies starter Aaron Nola had another uncharacteristic start. Over six and 1/3 innings, he allowed five runs (four earned) on seven hits, including two home-runs. Nola has now allowed a combined five homers in his three starts this season. His line would have looked significantly different if he hadn't been sent back out for the seventh, as the Nationals scored three runs against him in that inning. Seranthony Dominguez finished the seventh without issue and Hector Neris battled through the eighth. Even Edubray Ramos looked sharp in the ninth inning before allowing the solo home-run that would send the game to extra innings. However, José Álvarez struggled immensely in the tenth and deservedly got the loss.
The Phillies bats came out swinging against Nationals starter Stephen Strasburg. They scored all six of their runs against the righty, who consequently only lasted four innings in the ballgame. Bryce Harper and Maikel Franco each hit their fourth homer of the season. Jean Segura hit his first triple of the season and knocked in multiple runs. Unfortunately, the offense didn't continue its trend of tacking on runs over the course of the game, and that proved to be part of the team's downfall this evening.
WP: Sean Doolittle (3-0, 0.00 ERA) ❖ LP: José Álvarez (0-1, 20.25 ERA)