Nationals Top Phillies; Magic Number Down to 3

The Philadelphia Phillies and the Washington Nationals began a huge five-game series at Nationals Park in Washington D.C. on Monday night. Philadelphia had a slim chance to make the postseason, but Washington handed them a 7-2 loss.

The Nationals scored at least one run in the first three innings and all of those runs were on solo homers. Adam Eaton hit one in the first-inning, Yan Gomes hit one in the second-inning, and Trea Turner hit one in the third-inning and they were all off of Zach Eflin.

Anthony Rendon hit an RBI single in the fifth-inning for Washington. Later in the inning, Asdrubal Cabrera had an RBI ground out to first base. Adam Eaton scored on the play.

Cesar Hernandez had an RBI force out for the Phillies in the sixth-inning. Bryce Harper scored on the play. He went 1-for-3 and struck out twice. Harper was booed every time he stepped up to the plate.

Rendon walked with the bases loaded in the eight-inning for the Washington Nationals. He is now the leader for first RBIs with 122 in the National League. Atlanta Braves first baseman Freddie Freeman was originally in first place with 121 RBIs.

Juan Soto also drew a bases loaded walk for Washington in the eighth-inning.

Andrew Knapp had a RBI double in the ninth-inning for Philadelphia.

Patrick Corbin (14-7) was the winning pitcher for the Nationals. He pitched six innings and gave up three hits and one run. Corbin walked four batters and struck out six.

Zach Eflin (9-13) was the losing pitcher for the Philadelphia Phillies. He pitched five innings and gave up eight hits. Eflin also walked four batters and struck out two.

Philadelphia needs to basically win out to reach the playoffs. The Phillies elimination number is one game. There will be changes to this team most likely if they miss.

Washington’s magic number to clinch a playoff spot is three. They are also up 0.5 games on the Milwaukee Brewers for the first wild card spot in the National League.

Philadelphia and the New York Mets could be eliminated from playoff contention by the end of the day. The Chicago Cubs could also be eliminated within the next day or two as well.

The Philadelphia Phillies and the Washington Nationals will play a doubleheader on Tuesday.

The first game will be at 1:05 p.m. Eastern. This is the makeup game from the rain out on 6/18. The projected pitchers for the first game of the doubleheader will be Blake Parker (3-2, 4.40 ERA) for Philadelphia and Joe Ross (3-4, 6.17 ERA) for Washington.

The second game will be at 7:05 p.m. Eastern. The projected starting pitchers in this game will be Aaron Nola (12-6, 3.75 ERA) for the Phillies and Max Scherzer (10-7, 2.81) for the Nationals.




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