June 2, 2020

Washington Nationals Game 107 Review: Byrd Homer Costs Fister as Nationals Fall

Washington Nationals starter Doug Fister and Philadelphia Phillies opponent Roberto Hernandez carried a pitcher’s duel late into the night, but the Nats’ neighbor to the north emerged the victor of a 2-1 game Friday night at Nationals Park.

Fister allowed just two runs on six hits through seven innings pitched. His only trouble spot came in the second when, with two outs, Grady Sizemore doubled. The next batter, Carlos Ruiz, drew a walk, allowing Cody Asche the opportunity to hit an RBI single to right.

In the bottom of the inning, however, the Nats made it a new ballgame.

Adam LaRoche singled on a pop up to Asche covering third. Asche tried to reel it in to nab LaRoche, but committed an error on the play allowing LaRoche to advance to third.

Ian Desmond then seized the opportunity with an RBI single to tie the game.

Bryce Harper kept the inning alive with a single of his own before the newly acquired Asdrubal Cabrera lined into an unassisted double play. With the extra space at first, Hernandez intentionally walked Wilson Ramos to get to Fister for the final out.

Neither team batted out of the infield as both Hernandez and Fister were on their game.

That is until the top of the sixth when, with two outs, Fister let up just enough to allow Marlon Byrd to hit a solo shot over the right-field wall.

The homer was all it took as the Nats’ offense struggled the rest of the night.

Washington threatened with a walk-off opportunity as Phillies closer Jonathan Papelbon allowed back-to-back one-out singles to LaRoche and Desmond in the ninth. Unfortunately for the Nats, Harper and Cabrera both swung at strike three to end the game.


THE GOOD: Doug Fister was sharp, pitching out of a potential multi-run second inning with just the one run allowed. Of course, the Marlon Byrd home run cost him a potential win, but he had little help from the Nats’ offense.

THE BAD: Asdrubal Cabrera debuted in Nats uniform by going 0-for-4 with a strikeout.

THE UGLY: The Nationals have not hit a home run in their last nine games. They went 3-6 in that span.

Washington Nationals Game 106 Review: Nats Fall to Phillies off Rough Start by Gio

On a beautiful night in the District, there was little to marvel at in the Washington Nationals’ 10-4 loss to the Philadelphia Phillies Thursday night.

As opposing starters, Washington’s Gio Gonzalez and Philadelphia’s Cliff Lee hardly topped a combined five innings pitched on the night. Lee lasted just 2.2 innings thanks to an elbow strain, and Gonzalez failed to round out a full four innings, having given up five runs on eight hits and 77 total pitches.

Oddly enough, both teams held the game scoreless through the first three innings.

In the fourth inning, Gonzalez fell apart fast, giving up back-to-back singles to Marlon Byrd and Carlos Ruiz to start.

Grady Sizemore followed through with two-run double before Darin Ruf drew a walk. [Read more…]

Washington Nationals vs Philadelphia Phillies Series Preview

The Washington Nationals are 7-5 since the All-Star break and return home to kickoff an eight-game homestand with a four-game series against the Philadelphia Phillies.


Washington Nationals (58-47, 1st in NL East) vs Philadelphia Phillies (47-61, 5th in NL East)


Game 1: Thursday, July 31 @ 7:05 PM EST

Game 2: Friday, August 1 @ 7:05 PM EST

Game 3: Saturday, August 2 @ 7:05 PM EST

Game 4: Sunday, August 3 @ 1:35 PM EST

Probable Pitchers (Season Stats; Career vs Opponent)

Game 1: Gio Gonzalez (6-6, 3.65; 5-3, 2.48) vs Cliff Lee (4-5, 3.78; 6-4, 2.74)

Game 2: Doug Fister (10-2, 2.69; 2-0, 1.20) vs Roberto Hernandez (5-8, 4.14; 2-1, 1.61)

Game 3: Jordan Zimmermann (6-5, 3.17; 5-6, 3.82) vs A.J. Burnett (6-10, 4.15; 10-4, 3.37)

Game 4: Stephen Strasburg (7-9, 3.55; 3-1, 2.41) vs Cole Hamels (6-5, 2.55; 15-6, 2.63)

Players to Watch


  • Denard Span: .288 BA, .348 OBP, 29 doubles, 21 RBI, 20 SB
  • Ian Desmond: .250 BA, .433 SLG, 18 doubles, 17 HR, 64 RBI, 10 SB
  • Bryce Harper: .261 BA, 7 doubles, 2 triples, 3 HR, 13 RBI
  • Tyler Clippard: 45 IP, 1.80 ERA, 59 K, 11.80 K/9


  • Ben Revere: .301 BA, 9 doubles, 5 triples, 12 RBI, 29 SB
  • Marlon Byrd: .270 BA, 22 doubles, 20 HR, 60 RBI
  • Ryan Howard: .223 BA, 16 HR, 63 RBI, 11 doubles
  • Chase Utley: .289 BA, .355 OBP, 26 doubles, 3 triples, 9 HR, 54 RBI

Notables on the Injury Report


Ryan Zimmerman is on the 15-day DL with a hamstring strain. There is currently no timetable for a return and Bill Ladson of MLB.com reported that it could possibly be a Grade 3 strain (the worst kind). Jayson Werth is listed as day-to-day after spraining his right ankle agains the Miami Marlins. He played Wednesday and went 1-for-3 with an RBI.


Marlon Byrd is currently listed as day-to-day on the injury report for a foot injury. However, he did play on Wednesday and you can expect him to play on Thursday. Relief pitcher Matt Adams is on the 60-day DL for a shoulder injury. With a 2.12 ERA, that’s a significant blow to the bullpen.

Series Notes

This year, the Nationals are 6-3 against the Phillies and have gone 5-1 since dropping 2-of-3 in Philadelphia this May. The last time these two faced off in Washington, the Nationals completed a three-game sweep in June behind Zimmermann, Strasburg and Fister.

Against his former team, Jayson Werth is batting .292 with a .486 on-base percentage. He’s hit seven doubles, a triple, 11 homers and 43 RBI against the Phillies. Two of those 11 homers and 10 of those 43 RBI have come in nine games this season.

In 12 games since the All-Star break, the Nationals have gone 7-5. Last year, the Nationals went 4-8 over that same span. When you consider the hot streak that they ended the season on, this is an encouraging sign that they’re beginning the proverbial second-half of the season well.


Brian Skinnell is a sports writer born and raised in the Washington, D.C.-metro area and covers the Washington Nationals, Wizards and MiLB for District Sports Page. Follow him on Twitter, Facebook, and Google+!

Washington Nationals Game 93 Review: Nats Blow Past Phillies 10-3

In the finale of their three-game series at Citizens Bank Park against the Philadelphia Phillies, the Washington Nationals received a great effort on the mound from Tanner Roark — and all through the batting order — en route to an 10-3 victory. [Read more…]

Washington Nationals Game 92 Review: Nats Top Phillies 5-3 in Extras

In an extra inning affair at Citizens Bank Park in the city of brotherly love, the Washington Nationals defeated the Philadelphia Phillies with two runs in the 10th inning for their 50th win of the season by a score of 5-3.

Ryan Zimmerman’s RBI single in the 10th was the difference. [Read more…]

Washington Nationals Game 91 Review: Zimmermann Exits Early, Nats Lose to Phillies 6-2


In front of just over 30,000 people at Citizens Bank Park in Philadelphia, the Washington Nationals dropped game one of their three-game series with the Philadelphia Phillies 6-2. In the process, they were also delivered quite the injury scare. [Read more…]

Washington Nationals vs Philadelphia Phillies Series Preview

After dropping 2-of-3 in a rain-shortened series against the Baltimore Orioles, the Washington Nationals now head to Philadelphia for a three-game series with the Phillies before the All-Star break. [Read more…]

Washington Nationals Game 58 Review: Fister Holds His Own to Help Nats Complete Sweep Vs. Phillies

In a 162-game season, luck – though hard to come by – can surface in strange places. And, for the Washington Nationals, good luck appears to have arrived by way of the division-rival Philadelphia Phillies.

With the Nats 4-2 win Thursday night, Washington secured the sweep, rounding out the series two games above .500 with a 30-28 record.

Doug Fister (W, 4-1) was not quite stellar from the start, but he rebounded in time to guide the Nats through seven innings, allowing just two runs on four hits and five strike outs. His counterpart, Kyle Kendrick, gave up four runs on six walks in the same time frame to bring his season to record to a dismal 1-6.

The Phillies had a fair shot at given Kendrick wiggle room out of the gate. Ben Revere led off the game with a double off Fister, before advancing to third on Jimmy Rollins’ sacrifice bunt. In the next at-bat, Chase Utley singled in Revere to give Philadelphia a 1-0 lead.

Unfortunately for Kendrick, the run stopped there as Ryan Howard and John Mayberry each grounded into a force out to end the inning.

And, the Nats wasted little time erasing the Phillies’ progress.

In the bottom half of the inning, Anthony Rendon singled and Adam LaRoche drew a two-out walk. That allowed a revived Ryan Zimmerman to bring home Rendon on a single to left that tied the game.

From there, both pitchers dealt three scoreless innings. Fister stretched his good fortune through the fifth; however, Kendrick did not.

Denard Span led things off with a double before coming home on Jayson Werth’s one-out single. To spare Zimmerman the trouble of stepping to the plate with runners on base, LaRoche homered to make it 4-1 Washington.

The Phillies earned one back before Fister’s day was done, as the right-hander gave up a solo shot to Mayberry in the seventh. From there, Tyler Clippard tossed a 1-2-3 eighth, allowing Rafael Soriano to repeat the feat in the ninth to secure his 12th save of the season.

The Nats drew up a bit of a picket fence in the box score – not a single player on the squad tallied more than a hit, but the team spread the wealth rather evenly nonetheless. Aside from the pitchers, only Scott Hairston recorded an 0-for-X on the night – and he had just one at-bat.



Washington Nationals Game 57 Review: Strasburg Continues Run Vs. Phillies in Nats 8-4 Win

Entering Wednesday’s game, Stephen Strasburg had not allowed an earned run in 21 consecutive innings against the Philadelphia Phillies.

And, as good fortune would have it, the rout continued for a bit as the Nats’ right-hander fanned 11 in seven innings pitch to help Washington to an 8-4 win, complete with a nearly two-hour rain delay.

Both Strasburg (W, 5-4) and his opponent, A.J. Burnett (L, 3-5), held the offense to a minimum through the first three innings of play. In the fourth, however, Burnett’s tendency to issue walks proved costly once more.

After Adam LaRoche led off the inning with a double to left, Ryan Zimmerman grounded out to advance LaRoche to third. Then, Burnett walked both Wilson Ramos and Ian Desmond before Danny Espinosa doubled in two runs.

Then, Strasburg helped himself to an RBI via a single up the middle before Denard Span hit an RBI grounder to give the Nats an all-too-easy four-run lead. [Read more…]

Nats Nightly for June 4: Strasburg Ks 11 in 8-4 win over Phillies

Dave Nichols of District Sports Page and Patrick Reddington of Federal Baseball discuss the Washington Nationals 8-4 win over the Philadelphia Phillies as Stephen Strasburg Ks 11 to run his record to 5-4.

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