Philadelphia Phillies’ righty Nick Pivetta gave up five home runs in his first 12 starts and 62 innings pitched this season, but coming into tonight’s game he’d given up five in 22 1⁄3 IP over his last four starts.
Pivetta, a former Washington Nationals’ draft pick (4th Rd. 2013), who was eventually traded to the Phillies in the deal for Jonathan Papelbon in 2015, gave up three homers in 1 2⁄3 IP in Citizens Bank Park tonight, with Trea Turner and Juan Soto both hitting two-run blasts in the first, and Anthony Rendon hitting a three-run blast in the second as the Nats jumped out to a 7-0 lead on the way to a 17-7 win in which the Nats hit seven home runs total. Seven.
Fedde vs Phillies: Erick Fedde suffered his third loss in five big league outings this season in his start against the Phillies last Saturday in Washington, D.C., giving up eight hits total, two walks, and three earned runs in six-plus innings on the mound, but the 25-year-old righty continued to show signs of improvement, and he’s appeared to be more comfortable on the mound each time out according to his manager (and the eye test).
“He’s gaining confidence every time he goes out there, and I love it,” Davey Martinez told reporters.
“He’s keeping us in the ballgame, and I can’t say enough about what he did today.”
Martinez was impressed enough to send the 2014 1st Round pick out for a seventh inning of work in spite of the fact that Fedde was up to 97 pitches after six.
Two pitches later he was done, having given up a leadoff double by Maikel Franco, but he said he appreciated the show of faith.
“Definitely. Shows that he has a lot of trust in me to get out there and get the job done, and hope to prove him right here in the future.”
Fedde took the mound with a 4-0 lead tonight, in his second consecutive outing against the Phillies, courtesy of two-run home runs by both Trea Turner and Juan Soto, and he had a 7-0 lead to work with after two innings, and an 11-0 lead after the top of the fourth.
He worked around a leadoff single and walk in the first, a two-out double in the second, and a leadoff walk in the third for three scoreless on 51 pitches, but a single by Carlos Santana, a double by Scott Kingery, and a walk to Dylan Cozens loaded the bases with no one out in the fourth, and a 6-4-3 DP off Maikel Franco’s bat brought in a run.
Andrew Knapp added a two-out RBI single to make it 11-2 after four.
Cesar Hernandez doubled to start the Philly fifth, and Rhys Hoskis battled Fedde in a 14-pitch at bat that ended when he launched the 14th (a 3-2 splitter) to center for a two-run blast. 11-4 Nationals. Two outs later, Scott Kingery hit an opposite field blast on Fedde’s 109th pitch, 11-5. But he did get through five. #Ismanagingtoafirstwinforapitcherokay?
Erick Fedde’s Line: 5.0 IP, 8 H, 5 R, 5 ER, 3 BB, 3 Ks, 2 HRs, 115 P, 69 S, 7/2 GO/FO.
Pivetta again: Former Nationals’ draft pick Nick Pivetta held the team that drafted and then traded him to eight hits, two walks, and two runs in five innings last Sunday night, receiving no decision in what ended up an 8-6 loss for the Phillies.
The loss extended a winless streak to six straight outings, over which the Philly right-hander was (0-4) with a 5.46 ERA and .292/.356/.467 line against in 31 1⁄3 IP.
It was his second start of the season against the Nationals, and a major improvement over his first outing, in which he gave up five hits, three walks, and six earned runs in an inning-plus on the mound in the nation’s capital.
Back home in Citizens Bank Park tonight, Pivetta (who started the night with a 3.04 ERA and a .224/.267/.347 line against in 53 1⁄3 IP in CBP vs a 5.81 ERA and a .300/.372/.467 line in 31 IP on the road this season), got off to a rough start with back-to-back hits by Adam Eaton, who singled to short right, and Trea Turner, who homered to deep left on a 1-0 fastball, putting the Nats up 2-0 early.
Rendon pwns Pivetta: Anthony Rendon doubled one out after Turner’s home run in the first, connecting for his 22nd two-base hit, and he scored the easy way when Juan Soto homered to left on a first-pitch heater from the Phillies’ starter, 4-0 Nationals.
Another day, another Juan Soto opposite-field homer. pic.twitter.com/Hh6Axzn3bm— Washington Nationals (@Nationals) June 29, 2018
Rendon then improved to 6 for 10 vs Pivetta in their respective careers with a three-run shot to right in the second that cleared the out-of-town scoreboard and made it a 7-0 Nats’ lead.
Pivetta didn’t make it out of the second inning...
Nick Pivetta’s Line: 1.2 IP, 7 H, 7 R, 7 ER, 2 BB, 2 Ks, 3 HRs, 58 P, 36 S, 2/1 GO/FO.
#JuanPursuit: Juan Soto had a 10-game hit streak end with an 0 for 2, two-walk game last night in the first of four with the Phillies, but he’d still reached base in 11-straight games, in which he was 11 for 36 (.306/.468/.417) with four doubles, 11 walks, and eight Ks in 47 PAs.
With a two-run, opposite field home run on a first-pitch fastball from Nick Pivetta in the first, Soto started a new “streak” and he added an infield single on a weak roller back toward the mound in his second at bat, and reached base on another weak grounder in his third trip to the plate (3 for 3). A swinging K in the sixth made it 3 for 4 for Soto, and a backwards K in the eighth made it 3 for 5.
He got one more at bat in the ninth, with two on and two out and he CRUSHED an 0-1 pitch, hitting his second home run of the night to center. Three-run blast, 16-7 Nationals. 4 for 6, 2 HRs for Soto.
BULLPEN ACTION: Yacksel Rios finished off the second for the Phillies, and retired the Nats in order in the third, but after a leadoff walk by Adam Eaton and a single to left field by Trea Turner, the Nationals had two on with no one out in the top of the fourth, and Bryce Harper hit a 98 mph 0-1 fastball to left field for an opposite field, three-run blast.
Most 20 HR seasons in Nats/Expos history:— Washington Nationals (@Nationals) June 30, 2018
Ryan Zimmerman - 7
Andre Dawson - 7
Bryce Harper - 6
Vladimir Guerrero - 6
Gary Carter - 6 pic.twitter.com/99gxxBSqWB
Austin Davis took over on the mound for the Phillies later in the fourth and gave up another infield single by Juan Soto and a two-out RBI double double by Wilmer Difo, 11-0.
Davis tossed a scoreless fifth after the Phillies got on the board, 11-2.
It was 11-5 Nationals in the sixth when Anthony Rendon doubled to start the frame (No. 23), took third on a balk, and scored on a Mark Reynolds’ sac fly, 12-5.
Matt Grace tossed a quick, nine-pitch, 1-2-3 frame in the Phillies’ sixth.
Phillies’ skipper Gabe Kapler brought Zac Curtis on to face Bryce Harper, lefty vs lefty (in a 12-5 game) after two runners reached against righty Victor Arano, and Curtis, of course, put Harper on with a walk. Anthony Rendon stepped in next and went down swinging to end the top of the seventh. Still 12-5.
Tim Collins gave up a one-out walk and a two-run homer by Carlos Santana in the seventh, on a towering blast to left field that made it 12-7 Nationals. Santana’s 14th.
Sammy Solis needed 18 pitches to get through the bottom of the eighth, and a home run by Brian Goodwin off Hector Neris in the ninth made it a 13-7 game in CBP. Goody’s second of 2018.
Neris put two on in front of Juan Soto later in the ninth, and the sixth home run of the game for the Nationals, and second of the night for Soto sailed out to center on an 0-1 fastball.
Mark Reynolds’ followed with the Nats’ seventh home run, sending one into the second deck in left. 17-7.
Final Score: 17-7 Nationals
Nationals now 42-38