Notes From The Phillies’ 6-4 Loss To Washington

The Philadelphia Phillies lost their third straight game on Saturday night, falling to the Nationals 6-4. Their record drops to 13-20.

On The Mound

  • Nick Pivetta got the start, allowing four runs on five hits and four walks over just 4.2 innings of work.
  • Pivetta started the game strong with four scoreless innings, but then melted down and couldn’t get out of the fifth.
  • Luis Garcia got the final out of the fifth and pitched a scoreless sixth.
  • Joely Rodriguez got the first out of the seventh.
  • Pat Neshek came on and finished the frame.
  • Joaquin Benoit got the team through the eighth.
  • Edubray Ramos came out to pitch the ninth, and served up a walk-off homer to Bryce Harper (who else?)

At The Plate

  • The offense managed four runs on eight hits.
  • The team had a three-run outburst in the fourth inning. Michael Saunders got the scoring started with an RBI-single. Cameron Rupp followed him with a two-run single.
  • Tommy Joseph doubled home the team’s fourth run in the fifth. Joseph hit out of the cleanup hole for the first time all season.
  • Joseph went 2-3 with a walk, increasing his average to .255.
  • Cesar Hernandez went 1-3 with a single and worked two walks.
  • Odubel Herrera went 0-5 with three strikeouts and left six men on base.
  • Aaron Altherr went 0-3 but worked two walks.
  • Maikel Franco was dropped to sixth in the order, and went 1-4 with a single.
  • Freddy Galvis went 0-3 with a walk.

Final Thoughts

Why do the Phillies bother pitching to Bryce Harper?

Seriously, he’s delivered multiple game-winning blows against the team in this young season, and the pitching staff just can’t figure out a way to stand up to him. After an extended rest for the team because of inclement weather, to see them come back, blow a four-run lead, and then lose another game at the hands of Bryce Harper was pretty disheartening.

One thought on “Notes From The Phillies’ 6-4 Loss To Washington

  1. Why is the Phillies mosteffective and productive Pitcher in the Bullpen (Pat Neshak) not getting a chance to Save Games?
    He has 14 Appearances with 12 + Innings Pitched with a 0.00 ERA and 4 Holds.. Why not use him to close out Games? How many Games has the Back end of the Bullpen lost this Season?

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