October 28, 2020

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.

Andres Blanco successfully advanced the runners on a sacrifice bunt before an error by Danny Espinosa helped the inning go from bad to worse.

On the play, Domonic Brown reached on a fielder’s choice before Espinosa booted the ball, allowing Sizemore to score and Ruf to reach third. The next batter – Ben Revere – singled home Ruf before Jimmy Rollins singled to load the bases.

At last, Chase Utley grounded into a force out successfully fielded by Espinosa, but Brown came home on the play to make it 5-0 Philadelphia.

With Mario Hollands on the mound for the Phillies, the Nats only mustered one run in the bottom of the inning.

Anthony Rendon drew a lead-off walk before Jayson Werth struck out swinging on the seventh pitch of his at-bat.

Fortunately for Washington, Wilson Ramos was able to bat in Rendon, thanks to Rendon’s speed.

In the bottom of the fifth, the Nats earned two more after Hollands allowed singles by Bryce Harper, Kevin Frandsen and Denard Span.

The progress made was quickly erased after Jerry Blevins ran into a rocky sixth inning.

With one out, he allowed a single to Ben Revere, before tossing a wild pitch with Rollins at the plate. Rollins went on to pull off yet another single anyway, which brought home Revere. The Philly veteran stole both second and third base with Utley at the plate, and came home on a sacrifice fly that made it 7-3 Philadelphia.

Frandsen and Espinosa collaborated to give the Nats a run in the seventh, but Philadelphia went on to add salt in the Nats’ wounds by posting three runs in the eighth off Craig Stammen. In the inning, Stammen gave up a whopping total of six singles, as well as an intentional walk to Utley.

About Alyssa Wolice

Alyssa Wolice is a Staff Writer for District Sports Page covering the Nationals and Wizards. As a former production assistant, she covered the Nationals, Redskins, Capitals, Wizards, D.C. United and local collegiate teams. You can follow Alyssa on Twitter @awolice.

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