It was tied up at 5-5 after nine innings in the series finale in Citizens Bank Park, so they went to extras and the Philadelphia Phillies took advantage of the runner starting on second base in extra innings this season to walk off with a 6-5 win, completing a rare four-game sweep of Washington’s Nationals.
Sánchez vs the Phillies: Aníbal Sánchez threw 85 pitches in five innings of work last time out on the mound, giving up eight hits (two home runs) and five runs total in a 5-3 loss on the road in Fenway Park.
That outing left the 36-year-old, 15-year veteran with a 6.90 ERA, a 6.08 FIP, nine walks, 23 Ks, and a .326/.374/.620 line against in six starts and 30 IP this season.
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Start No. 7 began with two quick outs, but a Bryce Harper pop to center fell in for a two-out hit that Trea Turner, Juan Soto, and Victor Robles watched dropped in between them, and a J.T. Realmuto double and two-run single by Didi Gregorius followed and put the Phillies up 2-0 early when Sánchez should have been out of the inning after nine pitches in what ended up a 25-pitch frame..
After a scoreless second, it was tied at 2-2 when Sánchez came out for the third, but three pitches in it was 3-2 Philly after Rhys Hoskins hit a 1-1 cutter out to left for a go-ahead blast, and 4-2 after an RBI double to right by Didi Gregorius gave the Phillies back a two-run lead.
Sánchez gave up back-to-back hits to start the Philly fourth, and a one-out walk loaded the bases and ended his outing after 74 pitches in 3 1⁄3 IP...
Aníbal Sánchez’s Line: 3.1 IP, 8 H, 4 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 1 K, 1 HR, 74 P, 48 S, 7/2 GO/FO.
Eflin vs the Nationals: Zach Eflin improved to (2-1) on the season with a win over the Atlanta Braves last time out, giving up four hits and a run in seven innings of work on the mound at home in Citizens Bank Park.
Eflin, 26, finished the game with a 4.10 ERA, 2.73 FIP, eight walks, 37 Ks and a .252/.306/.456 line against in 26 1⁄3 IP on the season, and he tossed two scoreless to start today’s matchup, but Luis García singled to start the top of the third, moved up on a passed ball, and scored two outs later, on a fly to right-center by Trea Turner that bounced off the top of the out-of-town scoreboard and bounced back into center for an inside-the-park, two-run home run, 2-2.
It was 4-2 Phillies when Eflin came back out for the fourth and retired the side in order in a nine-pitch frame, but Luis García and Victor Robles singled to start the fifth, and moved up on a sac bunt by Adam Eaton before scoring on an RBI groundout by Trea Turner and hit by Juan Soto which tied things up at 4-4.
Eflin came back out with a 1-2-3 sixth to keep it tied and he was done for the day after 82 pitches...
Zach Eflin’s Line: 6.0 IP, 7 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 0 BB, 5 Ks, 1 HR, 82 P, 56 S, 7/6 GO/FO.
Adam Leadoff: Adam Eaton has 578 games and 2,648 plate appearances as his resume as a No. 1 hitter in the majors, including 41 games in 2019, in which he put up a .271/.339/.376 line, with a .286/.363/.412 line overall as a “leadoff” hitter, and a .285/.360/.429 line when he’s led off an inning an inning in his career, so manager Davey Martinez, who’d considered the idea of switching things up at the top of the order to get Trea Turner and Juan Soto some RBI opportunities, moved Eaton up to the top today.
“Trea and Juan have been carrying us for a while. and just try to mix it up a little bit,” Martinez explained.
“He’s done it before. Just tell him to be that little pesky hitter and try to get on base for the rest of our lineup.”
How’d the experiment go?
Eaton K’d on a check-swing strike three the first time up against Philly righty Zach Eflin, and K’d looking at an 0-2 fastball with a runner in scoring position in the third.
With two on and no one out in the fifth, and the Phillies up, 4-2, Eaton bunted the runners over to second and third, and both scored to tie things up, but Eaton, who’d taken a tough fall on an attempt before he got the bunt down, left the game between innings.
Sweep avoidance?: Davey Martinez’s club dropped the first three games of their four-game series in Citizens Bank Park (and all five with the Phillies so far in 2020), so they were trying to avoid a sweep in the City of Brotherly Love today. The only time the club had been swept in a four-game series by Philadelphia was May 15-17, 2009 at Nationals Park. The only time until this series, you’ll see...
BULLPEN ACTION: Wander Suero inherited a bases-loaded, one-out jam in the bottom of the fourth. Bryce Harper K’d swinging at a 2-2 cutter, and J.T. Realmuto K’d looking at a 1-2 changeup to end the threat.
Suero returned to the mound in the Philly fifth in a tie game, and gave up a leadoff walk to Didi Gregorius, but got a 6-3 DP out of Jean Segura, and a pop to center to end the inning.
Kyle Finnegan struck out the side in a 13-pitch bottom of the sixth.
David Phelps took over for the Phillies in the top of the seventh, and got two outs, one on a sneaky play after a leadoff single by Luis García that saw the pitcher sneak in behind García and take a throw in from Bryce Harper on a grounder to right, 9-1 putout. One out later, the veteran reliever went to a full count with Michael A. Taylor though, and gave up a big home run to left-center that put the Nationals up by a run, 5-4.
Tommy Hunter replaced Phelps after a single by Trea Turner, and walked Juan Soto to put two on in front of Asdrúbal Cabrera, who K’d swinging to end the inning.
Tanner Rainey struck out the side in the Phillies’ seventh, all swinging, in a 17-pitch frame that was so impressive he got the @PitchingNinja treatment and even a [gas emoji]⛽️.
Hunter and JoJo Romero combined for a scoreless top of the eighth to keep it a 5-4 game in the Nationals’ favor.
Will Harris came on for the Nationals in the bottom of the eighth and gave up a leadoff hit by Gregorius, a one-out walk to Jay Bruce, and a base-loading single by Alec Bohn before Davey Martinez went to the pen for Daniel Hudson vs Andrew McCutchen. Hudson got a grounder to short and a force at second out of McCutchen, but the tying run scored, 5-5 after eight.
Héctor Neris struck out the side in a 15-pitch top of the ninth to keep it tied up.
Hudson returned to the mound in a steady downpour in the bottom of the inning and set the Phillies down in order.
Michael A. Taylor started on second in the top of the tenth with Trea Turner at the plate and righty Blake Parker on the mound. Turner K’d swinging, so the Phillies walked Juan Soto and put two on in front of Asdrúbal Cabrera, who K’d looking for out No. 2. Kurt Suzuki walked to load them up, but Brock Holt grounded out to end the inning.
Sean Doolittle walked back-to-back batters intentionally after Didi Gregorius bunted runner J.T. Realmuto over to third, and a sac fly to center beat the Nationals. So dumb.
Final Score: 6-5 Phillies
Nationals now 12-23