No Moore Matt, please. It is usually the bullpen that sputters but not on this night. Chase Anderson, Jose Alvarado, Brogdon, and Enyel De Los Santos combined for five scoreless innings.
Starting pitcher, Matt Moore was just this side of horrible giving up six runs in the first two innings courtesy of a pair of three-run home runs. Josh Bell put the Nationals up in the first with his three-run shot. Bryce Harper cut the lead to 3-1 with a double but Juan Soto got it to 6-1 with another bomb. Odubel Herrera added a clutch double to cut the disadvantage to 6-2.
Things quieted down for the Nationals offense, due mainly to Moore leaving after a horrific 4 innings in which he allowed 7 hits the 6 runs with a pair of walks but striking out 3. If we haven’t learned anything about this Phillies team they can make things exciting. Bryce Harper electrified the Citizens Bank Park crowd with an inside-the-park home run immediately followed by an Andrew McCutchen homer to cut it to 6-4. With a runner on, after Jean Segura reached in the ninth due to a horrible throw on his grounder, Andrew Knapp hit what appeared to be a game-tying home run that fell just short. The Nationals held on for the 6-4 victory,
Earlier in the day the Phillies announced a trade that saw left-handed pitcher, Tyler Anderson being acquired from the Pittsburgh Pirates for prospects, Abraham Guttierez as well as Christian Hernandez. This fell through due to possible injury to one of the prospects. He ended up in Seattle. The same two teams go at it again Wednesday. No Moore Matt, please.