October 21, 2020

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.

The scoring came early, and the scoring came late. Washington was able to put up runs in the first, sixth and tenth innings. Sandwiched in the middle, Philadelphia tacked on their three runs in the sixth and eighth innings.

On the mound for Washington, Stephen Strasburg pitched a strong 5.2 innings giving up two runs on seven hits and striking out nine. His adversary, Cole Hamels, was equally as effective throwing seven full innings giving up three runs on four hits while striking out five.

Jayson Werth (1-for-4, 3 RBI, BB) got things going early for the Nationals. After Denard Span (0-for-3, 2 BB) walked and Anthony Rendon (1-for-4, BB) doubled to put runners in scoring position, Werth hit a grounder to short to score Span. After one, Washington was on top 1-0.

After the second inning saw a combined four hits, but no runs, between the two teams, both Strasburg and Hamels settled in. Over the third, fourth and fifth innings, just three runners reached base and both pitchers went 1-2-3 twice in that span.

In the top of the sixth, Werth struck again for Washington. After Rendon walked to lead off the inning, Werth took a 2-2 pitch deep to right for a two-run homer. It was his 11th of the year.

Philadelphia then found some offense of their own in the bottom of the frame. Jimmy Rollins and Chase Utley both singled to leadoff the inning. After Ryan Howard flied out and Rollins and Utley pulled off a double steal, Marlon Byrd singled to left to score both runners. With two outs in the inning, Strasburg was pulled for Jerry Blevins who recorded the final out, his only batter of the game.

After Drew Storen gave up one hit en route to pitching a scoreless seventh, Philadelphia tied the game in the eighth with Tyler Clippard on the mound. After Cody Asche singled and Cameron Rupp walked with two outs, Ben Revere singled to center to score Asche and tie the game.

Jonathan Papelbon gave up a bunt single to Ian Desmond (2-for-5), but that would be all in the top of the ninth. Ross Detwiler came out of the bullpen for the Nationals in the bottom of the frame and forced extras with a 1-2-3 inning.

With Jake Diekman on the mound for Philadelphia in the top of the 10th, the Nationals used speed to win the game.

Span was able to draw a walk on a 3-2 count and was moved to second on a fielders choice by Werth. Werth, however, was safe at first as the throw went to second and was not in time to get either runner. With two outs, Ryan Zimmerman (1-for-4, RBI, BB) singled to center to score Span and move Werth to third. With a 1-2 count, Werth scored from third on a wild pitch to bring the score to 5-3.

Zimmerman’s go-ahead RBI knock was the Nationals’ lone successful hit on a night that saw them go 1-for-13 with runners in scoring position. On the series, they are now 2-21 with runners in scoring position, both hits belonging to Zimmerman.

Rafael Soriano came on to close out the game and earned his 22nd save of the season by striking out the side. Strasburg earned a no decision while Blevins and Storen were awarded holds. Clippard was credited with a blown save and Detwiler was given his first win of the season. Diekman picked up his third loss of the year for Philadelphia.

Now in a tie for first place in the NL East, the Nationals will look to close out the first half of the season with a series victory over the Phillies on Sunday afternoon. Tanner Roark will head to the mound for Washington to go against Philadelphia’s Kyle Kendrick. First pitch is set for 1:35 PM EST.

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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. He’s had work published on Yahoo Sports and Rant Sports, and has made several radio show appearances across the country to discuss his works. Follow him on Twitter, Facebook, and Google+!

About Brian Skinnell

Brian Skinnell is a Staff Writer for District Sports Page covering the Redskins, Nationals and college football. He is a born-and-raised follower of Washington, D.C. sports, “The” Ohio State Buckeyes and auto racing. A graduate of Shepherd University in December of 2014, he has a degree in Recreation and Leisure Studies with a Concentration in Sports Communications. Prior to joining District Sports Page (for his second stint), he spent time with Rant Sports, Yahoo Sports and the Washington Redskins. For his day job, he is an Editor for Team Velocity Marketing. Follow him on Twitter @Brian_Skinnell.

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