Anddddd that would be eight out of nine since Bryce Harper said the now 17-15 Phillies would have to win nine out of their next ten games.
What a game. That was very fun to watch. After Aaron Nola’s gem of a start last night, Zack Wheeler follows up with his own, going 6 2/3 scoreless with six strikeouts, and only allowing three hits. Phenomenal job. Then the new bullpen arms came in, David Phelps went 1 1/3 scoreless in his Phillies debut, followed by a clean save by Brandon Workman; as the Phils shut out the 12-22 Nats for the second straight night.
Even though the Phillies only scored three runs tonight, compared to their average of over five per game, I’m not upset about their performance tonight. They were facing a great pitcher in Max Scherzer. They were again quiet early, but Neil Walker came up with a clutch two-run single in the fourth, and Jay Bruce added an insurance run in the sixth with a solo homer to left. Good performance all around by the Phillies and this team is looking like a serious playoff contender.
Neil Walker singles to center, J.T. Realmuto scores, Jean Segura scores, 2-0 Philadelphia.
Jay Bruce homers, 3-0 Phils.
FINAL: Nationals 0, Phillies 3
A Look Ahead:
The Phillies will go for the four-game sweep of the Nats tomorrow afternoon, as Zach Eflin takes the hill for the Phils, he’ll be opposed by right-hander Anibal Sanchez. First pitch is at 4:05pm.