Bryce Harper homered in the first, taking Erick Fedde deep, and Rhys Hoskins (RBI single) and Andrew McCutchen (sac fly) drove in runs as the Philadelphia Phillies jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the series opener in Washington, D.C.’s Nationals Park, but Trea Turner hit a solo homer which chased Philly starter Chase Anderson in the sixth, and Kyle Schwarber (RBI single) drove in a run later in the sixth inning to get the home team within one, 3-2.
Back-to-back doubles off Kyle Finnegan in the top of the eighth made it a 4-2 game in the Phillies’ favor, and they added two on an Andrew Knapp, bases-loaded single, 6-2 final.
Fedde vs the Phillies: In six starts on the season before tonight, right-hander Erick Fedde put up a 5.27 ERA, 13 walks, 28 Ks, and a .225/.319/.392 line against, though 10 of 16 ER in his outings came in two appearances against the Atlanta Braves.
Fedde, 28, gave up five hits, two walks, and five earned runs in five innings of work against the Braves last time out in the nation’s capital, taking the loss in a 5-3 game.
“Erick wasn’t bad,” manager Davey Martinez said after that outing. “He really wasn’t. He left obviously two balls up out over the plate and both of them were hit for a home run, but other than that I thought he threw the ball really well. I really did. Like I’ve said before, when he throws the ball down he’s very effective, and gets outs. And he did that early, he just left two balls up.”
Going up against the Phillies for the first time this season tonight, the right-hander gave up a 433-foot home run off of Bryce Harper’s bat with two out in the first, that bounced off the facade of the second deck and put the Phillies up 1-0 early.
Fedde walked Harper with one down in the third, then gave up two-out hits by Brad Miller and Rhys Hoskins, with Harper scoring on Hoskins’ line drive to center to make it 2-0 Phils.
Odubel Herrera doubled on a 1-1 cutter, moved up on a sac bunt, and scored on a sac fly as the Phillies added to their lead in the fourth, 3-0.
An eight-pitch, 1-2-3 fifth left Fedde at 87 pitches overall and ended his outing.
Erick Fedde’s Line: 5.0 IP, 5 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 3 BB, 4 Ks, 1 HR, 87 P, 50 S, 4/4 GO/FO.
Anderson vs the Nationals: Signed to a one-year/$4M free agent deal over the winter, Chase Anderson, 33, has been fairly consistent out of the gate, with two runs or fewer allowed in four of his first six starts with the Phillies.
In 26 IP before tonight, the right-hander had a 5.54 ERA, 14 walks, 21 strikeouts, and a .250/.350/.430 line against.
Last time out before facing the Nationals in tonight’s series opener in D.C., the one-time D-back, Brewer, and Blue Jay gave up four hits, four walks, and three earned runs over 4 1⁄3 IP in a 92-pitch outing.
Anderson tossed five scoreless on 78 pitches tonight, as the Phillies jumped out to a 3-0 lead, but Trea Turner homered on the 79th pitch the right-hander threw to lead off in the sixth, and a walk to Juan Soto in the next at bat ended the Philly starter’s night, 3-1.
Turner’s home run was his 8th of 2021...
Chase Anderson’s Line: 5.0 IP, 3 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 5 Ks, 1 HR, 85 P, 52 S, 5/3 GO/FO.
Castro Will Take Walks After All: Starlin Castro started the homestand with an eight-game hit streak going, over which he was 10 for 28 (for a .357 AVG) with three doubles, one RBI, six walks, and a run scored, with a .471 OBP and a .464 SLG in those eight games.
Castro, who’s notoriously/historically walk-averse, has also walked six times in 34 PAs over that stretch (versus just five Ks), with the six walks in eight games in May, after he took just three walks in 22 games and 88 PAs in April.
Castro was hitless through seven, but he singled to center in the eighth to extend his hit streak.
Bullpen Action: Sam Clay was first out of the bullpen for the Nationals, taking over on the mound in the top of the sixth, with the home team trailing, 3-0. An ROE (E:6), single, on a play that might end up being ruled a second error on Trea Turner, and a walk loaded them up with no one out. Clay got out No. 1 on a fly to short left before Davey Martinez went to the pen again for Will Harris.
Harris got Andrew McCutchen looking with a 2-2 cutter inside for out No. 2, and he got up 0-2 on Jean Segura, went to 3-2, and battled for 14 pitches before Segura lined sharply to center for out No. 3. Still 3-0 Phillies.
It was 3-1 in the Phillies’ favor when Sam Coonrod took over in the bottom of the sixth, after a leadoff home run by Trea Turner and a walk by Juan Soto. Soto moved up on a Josh Bell grounder to first. Kyle Schwarber got up 3-0 in the at bat that followed, and battled for 11 pitches, getting to a full count eventually, before singling to center field to drive Soto in to make it a one-run game, 3-2 Phillies.
Starlin Castro stepped in next and hit a first-pitch slider to deep center ... where Odubel Herrera caught out No. 3.
Tanner Rainey struck out Bryce Harper with a 2-2 slider to start the seventh, but got a bit squeezed in the next at bat and ended up walking J.T. Realmuto and then Brad Miller in back-to-back at bats, before a fly to left field by Rhys Hoskins and swinging K from Didi Gregorius ended a 30-pitch frame.
Brandon Kintzler gave up a two-out double to right by Ryan Zimmerman in the bottom of the seventh. Philly skipper Joe Girardi went to the pen again for lefty Jose Alvarado, who battled Trea Turner for 14 pitches before walking him on a wild pitch that let Zimmerman take third, bringing Juan Soto to the plate with two down and the tying run at third base.
Soto walked on four pitches to load them up in front of Josh Bell, from the right side, but Bell K’d swinging over a diving, 101 MPH 1-2 sinker, chasing strike three out of the zone to end the threat. Still 3-2 Phillies.
Kyle Finnegan gave up back-to-back walks by Odubel Herrera and Alec Bohm in the first two at bats of the eighth as the Phillies added to their lead, 4-2, and 6-2 on a bases-loaded hit by Andrew Knapp.
Paolo Espino took over on the mound at that point and got two quick outs.
Connor Brogdon worked around a two-out single for a scoreless bottom of the eighth.
Espino came back out with a 1-2-3 top of the ninth, and Phillies’ closer Hector Neris came on in a non-save situation and wrapped this one up, working around a two-out single to center by Trea Turner and a walk to Juan Soto.
Final Score: 6-2 Phillies
Nationals now 13-18