Phillies visit the Nationals for an important three-game set

Phillies visit the Nationals
The Phillies are in Washington to open a three-game set with the Nationals beginning on Tuesday. The Phils are coming off a thrilling 5-4 win over the Braves on Sunday night.

Newly acquired reliever Heath Hembree tossed 1 2/3 scoreless innings in the contest while Brandon Workman pitched the ninth to notch a save, despite surrendering a run.

The Phillies enter play on Tuesday with the worst bullpen ERA in the majors at 8.00.

Jake Arrieta will start the opener, aiming to bounce back from a five-inning outing his last time out where he surrendered three runs on seven hits. He's 1-3 on the season with a 4.93 ERA.

The Nationals will counter in the series opener with Erick Fedde. The right-hander is is 2-1 with a 4.22 ERA in five career appearances against the Phillies, including four starts.

The Nationals and Phillies enter play on Tuesday tied for last place in the NL East, four games behind the Braves.

Bohm blast
Alec Bohm hit his first homer at the big league level on Sunday, a solo blast that landed in the fountain beyond the wall in center at Truist Park in Atlanta.

Later in the contest, he had a brief conversation with Freddie Freeman. He joked about having a waterlogged homerun ball.

"Anytime you're standing next to an All-Star and he's saying nice swing, it's pretty cool," Bohm said. "It kinda reminds you where you are."
__________________________________
Follow Patrick on Twitter: @PGordonPBR

BY PATRICK GORDON
Managing Editor
pgordon@philadelphiabaseballreview.com

No comments: