April 22, 2021

Washington Nationals Game 144 Review: Harper and Strasburg lead Nationals past Philadelphia

Bryce Harper went 3 for 3 with two home runs and Stephen Strasburg allowed one hit while striking out 14 batters over eight innings as Washington beat the Phillies 4-0 Tuesday night in Philadelphia.

Strasburg had a no-hit bid going strong up until early in the fifth inning, when Cody Asche singled to right. His 14 strikeouts tied a career high, which he set in his famous debut against Pittsburgh in June 2010.

Harper homered in the top of the first with a solo shot to center and followed up with a single to center in the third, scoring Yunel Escobar. He doubled the Nationals’ lead with a two-run homer to left, again bringing Escobar home.

Strasburg was pulled after eight innings, giving reliever Blake Treinen a chance to finish off the game, which he did with a quick 1-2-3 effort.

Nats notes

  • The Mets’ eight-game winning streak ended with a loss at home against Miami, leaving Washington (74-70) now 8.5 games back of New York with only a couple weeks left in the season.
  • Strasburg’s win was his ninth of the year.

Hero: Take your pick between Harper and Strasburg.

Goat: None for tonight. There were a couple less-than-impressive performances at the plate but they hardly detracted from the game.

Up Next

Gio Gonzalez (10-7, 3.88) will go up against Adam Morgan (5-6, 4.60) for the series sweep Wednesday at 7:05 p.m.

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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