Washington’s Nationals were down to their last strike in a 6-5 game when Victor Robles hit a 2-2 slider from Edubray Ramos out to left-center to complete a comeback from a 6-1 deficit, tying things up at 6-6 in the ninth inning, before Juan Soto hit a three-run homer in the 10th, putting the Nats up 9-6 in what ended up a 10-6 win. #Brycewho?
Strasburg vs the Phillies: Coming off 6 2⁄3 scoreless innings of work on the mound against the New York Mets in Citi Field, Stephen Strasburg took on the Philadelphia Phillies tonight in the second game of three for the Nationals in Citizens Bank Park, where Washington’s ‘09 No. 1 overall pick was (5-0) in 10 career starts, with a 1.58 ERA, 17 walks, 80 Ks and a stingy .187/.247/.262 line against in 62 2⁄3 IP.
Given a 1-0 lead to work with before he took the hill, Strasburg needed five pitches to get through the first, and 15 in the second, but an 0-1 slider up in the zone to Maikel Franco in the third sailed out to left for a game-tying solo home run, 1-1. Two walks (one to the Philly pitcher) set Bryce Harper up with a big opportunity he took advantage of, lining a change out to left-center for a three-run blast, 4-1 Phillies. Harper’s 4th.
Two more scored on a two-out triple to right field by Jean Segura in the fourth, when the Philly shortstop sliced a 1-1 slider into the corner where Adam Eaton made an all-out but ultimately fruitless diving attempt and came up empty, 6-1.
Strasburg ended up throwing 30 pitches in the fourth. He was up to 83 total on the night and done after four...
Stephen Strasburg’s Line: 4.0 IP, 6 H, 6 R, 6 ER, 4 BB, 3 Ks, 2 HRs, 83 P, 49 S, 6/1 GO/FO.
Nola vs the Nationals: Aaron Nola gave up five hits (three of them home runs), two walks, and six runs total in just three innings on the mound against the Nationals last week in the nation’s capital. He was going up against the Phillies’ NL East rivals again tonight, this time at home in Citizens Bank Park, where the right-hander made his 2019 debut with six strong against the Atlanta Braves in which he gave up two hits, five walks, and one earned run.
Nola was behind 1-0 early after Adam Eaton “doubled” on a fly to right-center that Bryce Harper got to but couldn’t catch, took third on a fly to center by Brian Dozier, and scored when Anthony Rendon sent a sac fly to right field, 1-0.
It was 4-1 Philly after three, however, and 6-1 after four, as the Philliies’ righty settled in and completed five innings on 64 pitches, erasing a one-out single in the top of the fifth on an inning-ending DP off of Matt Adams’ bat.
Rendon hit a full-count fastball the other way in the sixth, driving in a run with the two-out double that made it a 6-2 game in the Phillies’ favor.
Yan Gomes got hold of an 89 MPH 0-1 fastball in the Nats’ seventh, after Ryan Zimmerman reached on an error, and the Nationals’ catcher hit his first home run of 2019 to left, 6-4.
April 8: Kurt Suzuki 2-run HR— Washington Nationals (@Nationals) April 10, 2019
April 9: Yan Gomes 2-run HR pic.twitter.com/Z3XaMmp2fY
Howie Kendrick got a pinch hit at bat with one down and hit a 1-2 curve to left field for a solo shot that made it a one-run game, 6-5. That was it for Nola.
Aaron Nola’s Line: 6.1 IP, 7 H, 5 R, 4 ER, 1 BB, 3 Ks, 2 HRs, 99 P, 69 S, 11/1 GO/FO.
Rendon is streaking: Anthony Rendon’s ninth inning double last night in CBP extended his hit streak to eight streak games, over which the Nationals’ third baseman is 14 for 30 (.467 AVG) with five doubles, four home runs, nine RBIs, five walks, and 12 runs scored. Rendon connected for a sac fly in the first, and hit an RBI double in the sixth to extend his hit streak to nine-straight games.
BULLPEN ACTION: Joe Ross got the call in the bottom of the fifth after Strasburg was lifted, and the right-hander tossed a scoreless, 14-pitch frame. Ross needed just 13 pitches in a 1-2-3 sixth.
Seranthony Dominguez took over for the Phillies with one out in the seventh, after the Nats put up three runs on Aaron Nola and knocked the starter out, and recorded two quick outs to keep it a one-run game.
Matt Grace worked around a two-out single by J.T. Realmuto for a scoreless bottom of the seventh inning to keep it a one-run game.
Héctor Neris walked Brian Dozier in the first at bat of the Nats’ eighth, and Juan Soto took a one-out walk from the right-hander, but Ryan Zimmerman K’d swinging over a nasty, 2-2 splitter in the next at bat, however, and Yan Gomes worked the count full and popped out to end the threat.
Grace came back with a 1-2-3 eighth to keep it a one-run game, and Edubray Ramos retired the first two batters he faced in the ninth ... before giving up a game-tying home run to left-center by Victor Robles on a 2-2 slider, 6-6. No. 3 of 2019 for Robles.
Jose Alvarez got out No. 3 to keep it tied after 8 1/2.
Kyle Barraclough gave up a leadoff hit by Andrew McCutchen, who singled on a first-pitch fastball, but got Jean Segura looking for the first out before Davey Martinez went to Sean Doolittle with Bryce Harper due up and the winning run on first base. Doolittle got Harper swinging with a 1-2 fastball for out No. 2, and stayed on to face Rhys Hoskins, and walked him, moving the winning run to second in front of J.T. Realmuto, who lined out to left field, sending it to extras.
Brian Dozier beat out a grounder to short for a single to start the 10th, and Anthony Rendon lined a single to center. Juan Soto stepped in next with two runners on and no one out and hit a three-run blast to right on a first-pitch changeup from Alvarez to put the Nationals up, 9-6. Soto’s 2nd of 2019. Robles doubled in a run as well, 10-6.
Juan Soto's go-ahead home run tonight came off his bat at 112.7 mph.— Andrew Simon (@AndrewSimonMLB) April 10, 2019
Only one Nationals hitter has a higher HR exit velo since Statcast began tracking in 2015:
Bryce Harper pic.twitter.com/gfPiTbL2cV
Doolittle came back out in the Philly 10th and retired the side in order. Ballgame.
Nationals now 5-5