Austin Voth held the Philadelphia Phillies to a run on three hits in seven innings of work this afternoon in Nationals Park, and a big four-run third against Philly righty Aaron Nola was the difference in what ended up a 5-1 win for the Washington Nationals.
Asdrúbal Cabrera, Trea Turner, Brock Holt, and Luis García all drove in runs for the Nationals in the first game of today’s doubleheader in the nation’s capital.
Voth vs PHI: Though he put together a solid outing last time out against the Rays, giving up just four hits, three walks, and one earned run in five innings in what ended up a 4-2 win for the Nationals, Austin Voth received no decision, and remained winless in nine starts overall this season, in which he’s put up a 7.17 ERA and a .290/.375/.594 line against in 37 2⁄3 IP.
Taking on the Phillies for the first time this season tonight, Voth retired the first seven hitters he faced, before a one-out grounder by Adam Haseley bounced off Josh Harrison’s foot and ricocheted to short to let the first runner on. A two-out single by Andrew McCutchen and a base-loading walk to Bryce Harper loaded the bases, but Alec Bohm grounded into a force for the third out of Voth’s third scoreless frame.
Jean Segura hit a 93 MPH 0-1 fastball out to left, just over the fence and into the visitor’s bullpen for a two-out solo shot in the fourth that got the Phillies on the board, down 5-1.
Voth added two Ks (for six total) in a 14-pitch, 1-2-3 fifth, and returned to the mound in the top of the sixth inning and retired the side in order in a 13-pitch inning, picking up his 7th strikeout along the way.
Austin Voth, 93mph Paint.— Rob Friedman (@PitchingNinja) September 22, 2020
Stu "Hitman" Scheurwater with a legit KO Punchout. pic.twitter.com/uLD16V4siQ
Voth came back out for the top of the seventh at 91 pitches, and worked around a leadoff single to end it...
Austin Voth’s Line: 7.0 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 7 Ks, 1 HR, 105 P, 68 S, 5/3 GO/FO.
Nola vs D.C.: Aaron Nola, 27, made back-to-back starts against the Nationals at the end of August and beginning of September, giving up seven hits, five walks, and just two earned runs over 15 IP in which he held Nationals’ hitters to a combined .137/.214/.216 line.
In the second of the two outings, the right-hander held the Nats scoreless in eight innings on the mound in Nationals Park.
“He pounds the strike zone,” Nats’ skipper Davey Martinez said before today’s doubleheader, “so we’ve got to be aggressive. We’ve got to be aggressive early, get a good pitch to hit.
“We want to score first. Some of these guys that are really good, we want to get off and score first, put the pressure on them.”
The Nationals did just that, with Juan Soto doubling to left with two out in the first, on a line drive that twisted Phillies’ left fielder Mickey Moniak up, and Asdrúbal Cabrera following the two-base hit up with a line drive single to right that brought Soto around for a 1-0 lead.
Andrew Stevenson and Trea Turner hit back-to-back doubles in the first two at bats of the third, with Stevenson lining one to right-center and Turner going to left, 2-0.
Juan Soto got his MLB-leading 12th IBB in the next AB, and he and Turner pulled a double steal to get two runners in scoring position, but Turner was dead to rights, running on contact when Asdrúbal Cabrera hit a ground back to the mound and he was tagged out between third and home. Brock Holt drove in run No. 3 with a grounder by first in the at bat that followed, however, 3-0, and Cabrera scored from first as Bryce Harper bobbled it in the corner, 4-0. Holt scored too on an infield single by Luis García and it was 5-0 Nationals at the end of a 26-pitch frame for Nola.
Nola came back out for the bottom of the sixth at 86 pitches and retired the side in order in an eight-pitch frame that left him at 94 total, trailing 5-1.
Aaron Nola’s Line: 6.0 IP, 6 H, 5 R, 3 ER, 2 BB, 6 Ks, 94 P, 68 S, 7/2 GO/FO.
Twin Bill Tuesday: As noted in the Nationals’ pregame notes for today’s doubleheader with the Phillies, the defending World Series champions started the afternoon, “0-0-4 (sweeps-swept-splits) in doubleheaders and 4-4 (.500) when playing twice in a single day,” thus far in 2020, and 13-4-25 (sweeps-swept-splits) in doubleheaders,” and, “51-33 (.607) when playing twice in a single day since baseball returned to Washington in 2005.”
Final Score: 5-1 Nationals
Nationals now 22-32