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Notes From The Phillies’ 4-3 Win Over Washington

The Philadelphia Phillies won their second straight game on Sunday afternoon, taking down the Nationals 4-3. Their record improves to 3-3.

On The Mound

  • Jeremy Hellickson got the start, going five scoreless innings, allowing just one hit and one walk.
  • Hellickson was forced to come out of the game after five innings due to hand cramps.
  • Joaquin Benoit picked things up in the sixth, and pitched a scoreless inning.
  • Pat Neshek came on for the seventh, and picked up two outs and allowed runners to reach the corners before being lifted from the game.
  • Hector Neris came on to get the final out of the eighth, and came back to pitch a scoreless eighth. With runners at the corners and two outs in the seventh, Neris got out of the jam with one pitch.
  • Jeanmar Gomez blew the save in the ninth inning, allowing a three-run shot to Ryan Zimmerman with two outs.

At The Plate

  • The offense generated four runs on seven hits against Washington ace Stephen Strasburg.
  • Freddy Galvis got the first run home with an RBI-single in the second inning.
  • The Phils had a two-run outburst in the fifth, started by an Andrew Knapp double. Knapp was singled home by Cesar Hernandez, and Howie Kendrick followed with an RBI-double.
  • Odubel Herrera went 1-4 with a single.
  • Maikel Franco went 0-2 with two walks.
  • Michael Saunders went cold after his red-hot performance from Saturday, going 0-4.
  • Tommy Joseph went 0-3.
  • In the bottom of the ninth, Daniel Nava began the inning by walking on four pitched. Freddy Galvis singled to put runners at the corners with one out. Two batters later, Cesar Hernandez drove in the winning run with a bloop single.

Final Thoughts

You have to come away from this series feeling pretty good about the Phillies.

After falling behind 7-0 in the first game of the series, the Phils outscored the Nationals 27-6, taking two of three games and tying Washington in the standings with a 3-3 mark.

It’s a shame that Jeremy Hellickson had to leave today’s game early. Hellickson was in a great groove, and could easily gone at least seven innings, which would have provided the bullpen with some key rest going into the upcoming series with the Mets.

But give the bullpen arms a lot of credit. The starters have only been able to go six or more innings twice in the team’s first six games, and the relievers have more than held up their end of the bargain. However, Jeanmar Gomez got himself a step closer to losing his role in the ninth inning with another rough outing, resulting in his first blown save of the year.

Hopefully Jerad Eickhoff can give the bullpen a decent rest tomorrow and eat some innings for the Phils in a key series with New York.

After taking two of three from the Nationals, the young team has some solid momentum, and if they’re able to take two of three from New York, that’s a strong start to the young season.

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