October 15, 2019

Washington Nationals Game 44 Review: Nationals win eighth straight series, beat Phillies 4-1

Gio Gonzalez had seven strikeouts in 6.1 innings pitched, and Bryce Harper went 2-3 as the Washington Nationals beat Philadelphia 4-1 on Sunday afternoon at Nationals Park.

The Phillies went up 1-0 in the fourth, but Jose Lobaton singled in the bottom of the fourth to quickly tie it, scoring Clint Robinson. The Nationals scored the next three runs of the game after that, with Harper providing two RBI. He grounded out to short in the fifth, but Yunel Escobar scored from third to push the Nationals in front 2-1, and give Harper his 40th RBI of the season.

He singled to left in the seventh to make it 3-1, and scored himself via a Ryan Zimmerman double off the scoreboard in right-center to all but put the game out of reach.

Between Aaron Barrett (0.1), Matt Grace (0.2), Casey Janssen (0.2) and Drew Storen (1.0), the bullpen was nearly perfect over the final 3.2 innings with one hit allowed over nine batters faced.

The game was played in front of a third-straight crowd of over 40,000 announced in attendance, something that Bryce Harper alluded to after the game.

HERO: Harper went 2-3 with runners in scoring position and picked up a two-out RBI to only add to his MVP-caliber 2015 campaign.

GOAT: It’s not fair to say that any National was the goat today; Robinson’s first major-league error in the fourth was quickly forgotten in the bottom of the inning with a double.

NATS NOTES

  • Storen was credited with the save, his National League-leading 14th of the season.
  • Escobar scored his first triple of the season in the fifth.
  • Infielder Anthony Rendon is headed to Viera, Fla. to play 3-4 innings of a simulated game tomorrow, according to Manager Matt Williams. Rendon suffered an oblique strain at the beginning of the month, and has been on the disabled list since March with an MCL sprain.

NEXT UP: Tanner Roark (0-2, 2.66) will make a spot start in place of Doug Fister vs. Tsuyoshi Wada (0-0, 3.86) at 2:20 p.m. tomorrow at Wrigley Field in Chicago.

About Eric Hobeck

Eric Hobeck is a Staff Writer for District Sports Page covering the Redskins and Capitals. Eric contributes to high school sports coverage at InsideNova.com. He served as sports editor of The Rotunda at Longwood University for two years, where he was also the men’s basketball beat writer. He hosted a campus radio show for three years and called basketball and baseball games for the station’s award-winning sports team. You can follow Eric on Twitter @eric_hobeck.

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