Phillies grind out 5-4 win over the Nationals. The Philadelphia Phillies may finally be putting it together and used longballs to close to within a game and a half of the Mets.
Zack Wheeler improved to 9-6 with a 7 1/3 innings, gem. Wheeler didn’t allow a hit until the 5th inning and made one mistake. The mistake was a big one with Josh Bell crushing a two-run shot that cut it to a 5-4 score. Hector Neris finished the eighth allowing a walk and picking up a strikeout. Jose Alvardo was in the closer spot due to Joe Girardi opted to rest Ian Kennedy. Alvarado picked up his fourth save.
The Phils took the lead on the very first pitch of the game with Jean Segura taking Patrick Corbin (7 innings, with 6 hits, 4 earned runs, a walk, and 8 strikeouts) out of the yard. Just like that, the Phils had a lead they wouldn’t lose. All of Philadelphia’s runs came via the longball and JT Realmuto pushed it to 2-0 with a jack of his own. Ronald Torreyes connected for his career-high fifth, a two-run shot, and it looked as if the Phils were cruising.
The Nats finally got to Wheeler in the 7th, with Tres Barrera posting a run-scoring ground out and Gerardo Parra singles to cut it to 4-2. Bryce Harper continued the home run show with the eventual game-winning homer. Josh Bell connected on a two-run shot but, the Nationals could do no more.
Connor Brogdon was placed on the 10-day injured list with elbow tendinitis. Mauricio Llovera has been recalled from Lehigh Valley. The Phils also announced the release of Brandon Kinzler. The same two teams go at it again Wednesday with Chase Anderson matching up against Pablo Espino. Phillies grind out 5-4 win.