Phillies look to put more distance between themselves and Nationals

Philadelphia hosts Washington
The Phillies welcome the Nationals Thursday night to open a four a four-game set at Citizens Bank Park. Washington travels to Philadelphia having lost nine of their 12, including most recently a two-game sweep in Tampa Bay.

The Nats last victory came Sunday over the Phillies.

“We’re in a little bit of a funk right now,” manager Dave Martinez told reporters following Tuesday’s 1-0 loss to the Rays.

The Phillies enter Thursday having dropped two of three to the Yankees, though winning the series finale last night 3-0 behind an outstanding performance by Zach Eflin.

Aaron Nola will be on the mound tonight, having pitched six strong innings against the Nationals last Saturday. The righty surrendered two runs on four hits and three walks and struck out five in a 5-3 Phillies victory. For his career, he's s 2-4 with a 4.35 ERA in 11 starts against the Nationals.

Washington counters with Tanner Roark who notched seven strikeouts, but he also surrendered six runs on seven hits and four walks last Friday in a 12-2 defeat to the Phillies.

The Phillies enter the series a game ahead of the Nats for second place in the National League East. The Phillies are 2 1/2 games behind the Atlanta Braves for the top spot in the division.

Starting Lineup

Hernandez 4
Hoskins 7
Herrera 8
Santana 3
Williams 9
Kingery 6
Franco 5
Alfaro 2
Nola 1
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BY PATRICK GORDON
Managing Editor
pgordon@philadelphiabaseballreview.com

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