David Buchanan's struggles continued Sunday as he surrendered three runs on six hits and lasted just five innings in the Phillies' 4-1 loss to the Nationals on Sunday afternoon at Nationals Park.
By PATRICK GORDON | Managing Editor
April 19 2015, 4:30 PM EST.
WASHINGTON - David Buchanan's struggles continued Sunday as he surrendered three runs on six hits and lasted just five innings in the Phillies' 4-1 loss to the Nationals on Sunday afternoon at Nationals Park.
With two outs in the fifth, Denard Span reached on a single and then scored on an Ian Desmond double to left. Jayson Werth followed with a single up the middle scoring Desmond, and advanced to second on a questionable throw to home by Odubel Herrera. Buchanan then intentionally walked Bryce Harper to put runners on first and second before Ryan Zimmerman capped off the inning with an RBI-double to right field.
Stephen Strasburg tossed 7 1/3 innings for the Nationals, scattering five hits while collecting seven strikeouts.
The Phillies lone run came in the eighth via a Freddy Galvis RBI-single to center, scoring Herrera who reached on a double.
Chase Utley grounded out in a pinch hit appearance in the final frame, dropping his batting average to .116 on the season.
What's next: The Phillies have an off day on Monday before opening a six-game homestand on Tuesday with the Marlins and Braves set to visit Citizens Bank Park.
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