The bad news: the Nats lost. The good news: it almost felt surprising at this point!
Here’s the beat from Baltimore:
Rodney helping Suero gain confidence in changeup, move cutter (MASN)
Fernando Rodney hasn't been with the Nats for a long time, but he's helped Wander Suero find confidence in his off-speed stuff and has served as a valuable resource for a still relatively young pitcher.
Nationals can’t complete sweep, fall to Phillies on Maikel Franco’s walk-off homer (WaPo)
Had it not been for Matt Grace's bad outing, the bullpen would have gone nine straight innings giving up no runs and allowing minimal damage. Instead, Grace "mis-executed."
Anibal Sanchez has strong outing vs. Phillies (MLB.com)
Sánchez battled through the Phillies’ lineup through six innings, allowing five hits and three runs from the fourth through the sixth. "Today, my command early in the first three innings, was really good," Sanchez said. "Later on, I was fighting with my command, but in the end, it’s just about making the right pitch to get out of the jams."
A bad final pitch caps an otherwise productive Philadelphia visit for Nationals (NBCSW)
Matt Grace knocked off Jay Bruce with ease, but Javy Guerra would've made all kinds of sense for Maikel Franco. Davey Martinez, though, wanted Grace to work the whole inning (hello, 2020 season!) because the matchups were favorable in the following two spots.
Nats come back, but Franco finishes it with walk-off homer (MASN)
Credit the Nationals where they deserve it: they came back yet again and showed some spunk. Discredit the Nationals where they deserve it as well: Matt Grace couldn't locate his first pitch to Franco, and Davey Martinez decided to use him for that situation.
Austin Voth to start Tuesday at Baltimore (MASN)
“I like what Austin’s done when he was up here and then his last outing down there he pitched really, really well,” Martinez said. “I like the fact that he goes out there and he has presence. He has poise. He’s throwing the ball well. We’re going to give him another opportunity to start.”
Nationals to start Austin Voth on Tuesday against Baltimore (WaPo)
The Nationals could use Stephen Strasburg on Wednesday, or they could save him for their four-game stint in Atlanta — though that would leave a vacancy for a starter on Wednesday that the Nats don't necessarily know how to fill.
Nationals expected to call up Austin Voth (MLB.com)
Martinez also explained that the third catcher on the bench provides some flexibility, though it's unclear if they'll need it in Baltimore where they'll employ a DH.