It was a long eleven days away from the nation's capital, as evidenced by Daniel Murphy's response when asked to assess the trip.
"3-3 on the road trip... 6-3, we started in Philly didn't we?" Murphy laughed.
"We have been gone for a long time. 6-3, that makes it even better. To come in here and get 2 out of 3 against a ballclub that's right in the thick of it in the AL Central, is a good series for us and we'll be excited to get home."
"It was a good road trip," Dusty Baker told reporters after the 3-1 loss to the White Sox.
"We wanted a great one. But you go 6-3 on the road that's considered a good road trip and so now we've got to go home and unpack to repack.
"We're not home very long and we've got a tough homestand and then we certainly got a tough road trip, that West coast trip is always tough, but right now we've just got to go home and beat the Phillies."
Washington's NL East rivals from Philadelphia are in D.C. for a three-game weekend set then it's three with Chicago, as the Nationals look for revenge after getting swept by the Cubs in four straight in Wrigley Field last month.
The Nationals can't look past the upstart Phillies, however, against whom they're 5-4 heading into tonight's series opener.
Here's the Nationals' lineup for tonight's game: