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Nationals’ starter Erick Fedde earns first major league win in spite of struggles vs Phillies

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It wasn’t pretty, but the Nationals’ hitters provided him with plenty of runs and Erick Fedde earned his first major league W.

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Erick Fedde gave up eight hits, two walks, and three earned runs over six innings on the mound against the Philadelphia Phillies last week in Washington, throwing 99 pitches in what ended up a 5-3 loss for the 25-year-old right-hander and the Nationals.

“They’re definitely hot,” he said of the Phillies’ bats after he’d faced them.

“They have a lot of patient hitters, I think that’s what makes it tough. Guys aren’t swinging at a bunch of junk, so you’ve got to attack them, and that’s just what I tried to do.”

Fedde said he was able to throw all of his pitches for strikes, and in spite of the eight hits he gave up, he liked the results he was getting.

“I felt like my stuff was pretty good today. Had a lot of ground balls today, that’s usually when I know my stuff is good.”

He generated eight ground ball outs from the 25 batters he faced, struck out three, and got four flyouts.

MLB: Washington Nationals at Philadelphia Phillies Gregory Fisher-USA TODAY Sports

Going up against the Nationals’ NL East rivals again last night, in a second consecutive start, the 2014 1st Round pick took the mound with a 4-0 lead courtesy of two-run blasts by Trea Turner and Juan Soto in the first.

Fedde had a 7-0 lead to work with after a three-run shot by Anthony Rendon in the top of the second, and an 11-0 lead after Bryce Harper added a three-run shot and Wilmer Difo doubled in a run in the fourth.

Fedde found himself in a bases-loaded, no-out jam in the bottom of the fourth, but he got a 6-4-3 DP out of Maikel Franco and limited the damage to two runs in spite of the rough start to the inning. He was up to 77 pitches with an 11-2 win after four.

Cesar Hernandez doubled to start the Philly fifth, and an epic, foul-filled, 14-pitch battle with Rhys Hoskins ended with a two-run homer to center by the Phillies’ outfielder, whose 14th of 2018 made it an 11-4 game, and it was 11-5 Nats after Scott Kingery hit a two-run blast out to right field on Fedde’s 109th pitch.

Davey Martinez stuck with him, however, and Fedde got through the fifth, though he ended up needing 38 pitches to do it, finishing the night at 115 pitches total.

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.

“My stuff wasn’t great today,” he told reporters, as quoted by MASN’s Mark Zuckerman, after what ended up a 17-7 win in which he earned his first MLB victory.

“But days like those it’s really nice when your team puts up 17 runs,” Fedde said. “I’ll take that. Hopefully next time when the games are close, I can be the one to keep it close.”

To do that, his manager said, he’s going to have to learn to get ahead of and put hitters away.

“He kept us in the game,” Martinez said. “It was the most pitches he’s thrown. He needed to eat the innings because we wanted to save the bullpen, but he did well. Like I said, he’s got to start working ahead in the counts a little bit more and throwing strike one, but he’s young and he’s got an unbelievable arm and he’s going to be really good.”