The Philadelphia Phillies and the Washington Nationals played a day-night double header on Tuesday at Nationals Park in Washington D.C. Washington took down Philadelphia 4-1 in the first game of the double header and that loss eliminated the Phillies from playoff contention.
With the Nationals down 4-2 in the sixth-inning in the second game of the double header, Gabe Kapler decided to remove Aaron Nola from the game and that move came back to bite him. Trea Turner hit the go-ahead grand slam to make it 6-4 Washington. He hit the home run off of Jared Hughes.
Bryce Harper hit a solo home run in the eighth-inning off of Hunter Strickland for Philadelphia, but that is as close as they would get. The Washington Nationals won the second game of the double header 6-5. They also clinched a playoff spot for the first time since 2017 because the Chicago Cubs lost to the Pittsburgh Pirates on the road 9-2.
Brad Miller hit a three-run homer for the Philadelphia Phillies in the first-inning off of Max Scherzer.
Yan Gomes hit a solo home run in the third-inning for Washington off of Aaron Nola.
Miller hit a solo homer off of Scherzer in the fourth-inning for Philadelphia.
Gomes hit a sacrifice fly in the fourth-inning for the Nationals.
Max Scherzer (11-7) was the winning pitcher for Washington. He pitched six innings and gave up five hits and four runs. Scherzer walked one batter and struck out 10.
It would not be a surprise to him not pitch until the Wild Card Game in the National League next Tuesday night. The most likely opponent will be the Milwaukee Brewers and all that would need to be decided is who get home field for that game.
Aaron Nola (12-7) was the losing pitcher for the Phillies. He pitched 5.2 innings and gave up five hits and five runs. Nola walked four batters and struck out nine.
One of the biggest losers on this day was Philadelphia’s outfielder Bryce Harper. He was eliminated by his former team last season and Harper had to also deal with his team celebrating a playoff spot on the same night.
At one point during the season, Washington was 19-31 and it appeared as if they were dead in the water. There were rumors early on in the season that they would have potentially traded third baseman Anthony Rendon, but Rendon might go onto win the National League MVP.
The Washington Nationals currently has a one-game lead on Milwaukee for the first wild card spot in the National League. If the Brewers wins or if the Chicago Cubs and the New York Mets lose on Wednesday night, Milwaukee will be in the playoffs for the second consecutive season.
The fourth game of this series will be played on Wednesday night in Washington D.C.. The projected pitching match up will be Drew Smyly (4-7, 6.44 ERA) for the Philadelphia Phillies and Anibal Sanchez (10-8, 3.91 ERA) for the Washington Nationals.