Suarez saves the day, 5-2 over the Nationals. Spencer Howard looked like a Cy Young candidate in the first inning. But, they play nine innings. Howard, whose first fastball at 94.9! breezed in the first, but only 48 pitches later his velocity had dropped to 92.5. The phenom started to have control issues which forced Manager Joe Girardi to insert Ranger Suarez who all but saved the game.
It would be the shortest start in a short career of Howard. The line on Howard? 2 1/3 innings, only 1 hit, 0 runs with two walks, and two strikeouts. Suarez went three innings without allowing a hit, run or walk while amassing a trio of strikeouts.
Bryce Harper was activated before the game and went 1 for 3 with a run scored and an RBI. The Harper RBI was a big one that gave the Phils an insurance run. Andrew McCutchen lofted a three-run homer to score Jean Segura and Harper. Rhys Hoskins added an RBI before McCutchen hit a two-out pitch from Joe Ross.
Connor Brogdon picked up his first major league save. Trea Turner knocked in the Nat’s first run on fielder’s choice and Josh Bell homered for the Washington second run. Suarez has not allowed an earned run in 17 1/3 innings. Suarez saves the day.