December 2, 2020

Washington Nationals Game 147 Review: Nats extend win streak to seven; pull within 4.5 of NL Wild Card

On a crisp, cool night in the nation’s capital that had the look and feel of October baseball, the Washington Nationals topped the Philadelphia Phillies 6-1 to extend their winning streak to seven games.

Perhaps more importantly, with the Cincinnati Reds’ loss to the Milwaukee Brewers, the Nats narrowed their focus on an NL Wild Card slot by pulling within 4.5 games.

Things looked grim before the first pitch was thrown on Friday as would-be starter Stephen Strasburg was scratched due to forearm tightness. In his place, however, Ross Ohlendorf provided the Nats with a solid five innings.

The Phillies notched one on the scoreboard in the top of the first after Cesar Hernandez walked and Chase Utley and Carlos Ruiz hit back-to-back one-out singles to put Philadelphia up 1-0.

After Ohlendorf received a pep talk, he struck out Darin Ruf and Cody Asche to end the inning.

And, from there, the Phillies failed to tally a second run on the night.

In the meantime, Ian Desmond singled off starter Kyle Kendrick (L, 10-13) to tie the game in the bottom of the inning after Ryan Zimmerman singled and Jayson Werth walked.

Wilson Ramos put Washington on top in the second after leading off with a solo shot to left center.

And, Ryan Zimmerman repeated the feat in the bottom of the third with a lead-off solo shot in a similar spot to make it 3-1 Nationals.

By the time Ohlendorf stepped off the mound, he had achieved a final line of 5.0 IP, 5 H, 1 R, 2 BB, 3 K on 59 of 88 pitches thrown for strikes.

Before Craig Stammen could take the mound in the sixth, the Nats tallied another run on a single from Zimmerman, a walk from Werth and back-to-back singles by Bryce Harper and Ian Desmond to make it 4-1.

Cesar Jimenez took the mound in Kendrick’s relief to strike out Adam LaRoche before Luis Garcia relieved Jimenez. With Garcia’s first batter faced, Ramos chopped one back to the mound. The ball took an awkward hop and deflected off Garcia’s glove, allowing both Werth and Harper to score to bring the Nationals to a final score of 6-1 for the win.

THE GOOD: The Nationals’ 17-5 record since August 20th marks the best in the Majors in that time frame, according to ESPN. At long last, it seems their much-awaited comeback streak has arrived – but is it too late? With the Reds’ loss, an NL Wild Card slot no longer appears unattainable, but the Nats would have to do much more than fare well against Kyle Kendrick.

THE BAD: Adam LaRoche went 0-for-4 with two strikeouts.

THE STATS: 6 R, 11 H, 3 BB, 5 K, 4-for-9 with RISP, 8 LOB

NEXT GAME: Saturday, 7:05 p.m. ET at Nationals Park – Cole Hamels (7-13, 3.45) vs. Gio Gonzalez (10-6, 3.31)

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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