Nats Split Mother’s Day Doubleheader with Phillies

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By Michael Marzzacco

The Nationals dropped the first game in heartbreaking fashion after the bullpen was unable to hang onto the lead. Despite the bullpen being shaky for the second game as well, the Nationals found a way to get the win.

Game 1: The Nationals blew a 3-0 lead courtesy of their bullpen. Gio Gonzalez had a solid start before giving way to the pen, going 6.2 innings striking out five while allowing just one run on four hits.

In the bottom of the first, Bryce Harper picked up where he left off from the night before, hitting a home run in his second straight at-bat.

In the fifth, Trea Turner smacked a two-run homer into the seats in right-center to put the Nats up 3-0. The Phillies would get their first run in the seventh off of Gonzalez before he exited the game, a solo shot by Tommy Joseph.

In the ninth, Shawn Kelley had a chance to get the save. Aaron Altherr led off with a home run. After Kelley got the next batter to pop out, Maikel Franco doubled. Cameron Rupp followed with a double into center field. Freddy Galvis would then work the count and get on base for a walk. Ty Kelly followed with a single into right field that scored Andre Knapp (who was pinch running for Rupp). Kelley allowed three runs in the ninth and the Nats couldn’t answer in the bottom of the ninth. The Phillies took the series opener 4-3.

Game 2: The Nationals bounced back in the second game of the twin bill with a 6-5 comeback win. Max Scherzer got the start and had a great outing, going six innings allowing three runs on nine hits while striking out eight in the no-decision.

Washington took the early 1-0 lead in the third with an RBI single into right field by Bryce Harper that scored Trea Turner. It was also Turner’s bobblehead night.

Scherzer survived a near scare, getting hit in the left knee on a 100 mph line drive. He was on the ground for a bit, but got up and finished the inning and ultimately his outing.

The Phillies would later answer with two runs in that inning to go up 2-1 with RBI singles from Brock Stassi and Andrew Knapp. In the fifth the Nats responded. Jose Lobaton led off with a double. Scherzer followed with a sacrifice fly to move Lobaton to third and Turner followed with a sac fly of his own to left field that was deep enough to score Lobaton to tie the game at two. Chris Heisey would then reach base with a single and Harper brought him home with a double to the right field corner to give the Nats a 3-2 lead.

In the sixth, the Phillies tied it with an RBI single by Andres Blanco. The Nats responded in the bottom of that frame to go back up. Anthony Rendon drew a walk to lead things off. After the next two batters got out, the Nats used a two-out rally as Brian Goodwin smacked a double into the left field corner that was deep enough to bring Rendon around to score and make it a 4-3 game.

In the eighth, Freddy Galvis hit a two-run triple to put the Phillies ahead 5-4. The damage came with Jacob Turner on the mound pitching in relief. The Nats answered in the bottom of the eighth with a home run by Michael Taylor off the left field foul pole that put the Nats up 6-5 and that would be the final.

The Nationals will travel to Pittsburgh to take on the Pirates. Stephen Strasburg will take the hill for the three-game series opener on Tuesday night. If you follow the games on the radio, you’ll hear a new voice for Tuesday and Wednesday’s games.



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