The Philadelphia Phillies will look for a rare four-game sweep when they challenge the Washington Nationals on Thursday afternoon. In what is becoming a familiar story, the Phills stormed back from an early three-run deficit provided by a Victor Robles solo leadoff home run. Luis Garcia joined in a solo shot of his own followed by Carter Kieboom adding the third solo shot. Phillies play Bryce ball.
To the Action
It took all of eight pitches for Team Philadelphia to even the score, Travis Jankowski kicked things off with a run-scoring double followed by another double from Jean Segura making it 3-2. We often talk about “Phillie killers’. well, Bryce Harper is certainly a Nationals killer and he promptly knotted things up with a single and the rout was on.
Up stepped Rhys Hoskins who did what Rhys does, smacking a double putting in front, 4-3. Hoskins wasn’t finished and in his next at-bat, slammed a two-run homer to move the scoreboard to 6-3. Not to be outdone, Didi Gregorius went yard with a two-run shot of his own. Garcia answered with his second solo blast to close it to an 8-4 game.
It was then time for Bryce ball with Harper pushing it to a 9-4 game with his double. Kieboom had the final say with an RBI single in the ninth. Chase Anderson got the start and went 4 innings with 3 hits, all homers, 3 runs with a walk, and a strikeout. What, you expected more? Ok, you got Moore. In a nice middle relief job, Matt Moore went 4 strong innings allowing 3 hits, 2 runs, striking out three. JD “Jeff Hanson” Hammer and Ian Kennedy finished the ninth to give Philly a four-game win streak.
A Hot Harper
What has Harper done to Washington this season? He has hit safely in every game he started and is currently sitting at 20 for 48 (.417), with 5 doubles, 3 homers, and 9 RBI with 15 runs scored. With the lead-off homer from Jean Segura on Tuesday, he becomes just the third Phillie to lead off three games with a blast, Juan Samuel in 1985, and Tony Taylor (1970) are the others. Can the Phillies continue to play Bryce ball?