May 28, 2020

Washington Nationals Game 109 Review: Nats Shut Out Phillies to Earn Series Split

For the second day in a row, the Washington Nationals shut out the Philadelphia Phillies, this time to win by the score of 4-0 Sunday afternoon at Nationals Park.

Nats right-hander Stephen Strasburg pitched a gem, allowing just three hits while striking out ten and walking just one batter over seven innings pitched. He was perfect through the first two innings, and retired nine of his first 10 batters faced.

In the meantime, the Nats broke little ground against Phillies starter Cole Hamels. In fact, the 6-6 starter allowed just one unearned run and one more hit than his counterpart – but, it was enough to earn him the loss.

Nevertheless, it was not without effort that the Nats posted a run against Hamels.

In the bottom of the third, Jose Lobaton reached first with one out on a fielding error by third baseman Cody Asche. Lobaton took second on a perfect bunt by Strasburg, and came home on a single by Denard Span before Anthony Rendon lined out to end the inning.

Philadelphia had few opportunities to score, but they came up empty in each.

Jimmy Rollins led off the fourth with a single up the middle and stole second, but no one was able to bat him in.

In the fifth, the Phillies found themselves in a similar situation as Asche doubled with two outs but got nowhere.

Then, when Philadelphia called in Ken Giles for relief in the bottom of the eighth, Washington earned its insurance runs almost immediately.

Span led off with a walk and came home on a double by Rendon before Rendon himself scored on a double by Jayson Werth. Giles intentionally walked Adam LaRoche to get to Ian Desmond, who struck out swinging, but the Phillies then called on reliever Jake Diekman to stop the bleeding.

Before doing so, he lobbed a run-scoring wild pitch, allowing the Nats to make it 4-0 before the inning came to a close.


THE GOOD: The Nats proved they could follow up a powerhouse performance from Saturday’s 11-0 rout with yet another lights-out performance. Stephen Strasburg was superb, allowing just three hits and striking out 10 for the fifth time in his career.

THE BAD: Ian Desmond and Asdrubal Cabrera each went 0-for-4 on the day. Desmond struck out twice and Cabrera K’d once.

THE STATS: 4 R, 6 H, 3 BB, 9 K, 2-for-6 RISP, 6 LOB

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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