Patrick Corbin had a 4-0 lead to work with before he took the mound, a 6-0 lead when he came out for the second, and a 7-0 lead after two and a half in Citizens Bank Park.
The left-hander allowed four runs in five innings of work on the mound, giving up three home runs, but the Nationals took a 7-4 lead into the seventh in the second game of the doubleheader ... only to blow the lead as the Phillies rallied to tie things up and send it to extras, 7-7.
Ryan Zimmerman drove in a run to put the Nationals up, 8-7, but Brad Miller hit a walk-off grand slam in the home-half of the inning, 11-8 final. Just amazing...
Corbin vs PHI: Patrick Corbin put together one of his best starts in an up and down 2021 campaign when he faced the Phillies at home in mid-May, tossing seven strong innings against the Nationals NL East rivals in which he gave up five hits and one run, striking out nine batters in a 5-1 win.
“Everything felt good,” Corbin said after that outing.
“I thought it was one of my better games with my slider. Was able to throw it for strikes, throw it kind of where I wanted.
“Got ahead of guys today, attacked the zone, and just was in a great rhythm.”
Going into his second start of the season against the Phillies, Corbin had a 5.71 ERA, a 5.11 FIP, 36 walks, 80 Ks, and a .283/.342/.482 line against in 19 starts and 104 innings pitched.
Given a 4-0 lead to work with before he took the mound, Corbin stranded two in a 25-pitch first, and it was 6-0 when he came back with a seven-pitch, 1-2-3 second.
Psssst...— Washington Nationals (@Nationals) July 29, 2021
(Juan Soto leads all NL right fielders in Outs Above Average.)@JuanSoto25_ // #NATITUDE pic.twitter.com/4FM2X4tcP5
Two outs into the second, Rhys Hoskins homered on an 0-2 sinker from Corbin, hitting it out to center to make it a 7-1 game after three.
Even when you're in line for a cheesesteak, you might catch a Rhys Hoskins homer. #RingTheBell pic.twitter.com/h9UOreGx4S— Philadelphia Phillies (@Phillies) July 29, 2021
Andrew McCutchen and Alec Bohm hit Corbin’s first two pitches of the fourth out to left and right, respectively, to start the bottom of the inning with back-to-back solo shots, 7-3.
Back-to-back blasts! #RingTheBell pic.twitter.com/g5NeIpTH7C— Philadelphia Phillies (@Phillies) July 29, 2021
Jean Segura singled to lead off the Phillies’ fifth and scored two outs later on an RBI single by McCutchen, 7-4.
Patrick Corbin’s Line: 5.0 IP, 8 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 1 BB, 2 Ks, 86 P, 58 S, 5/4 GO/FO.
Sánchez vs D.C.: Phillies’ lefty Cristopher Sánchez got the call to start the second game of today’s doubleheader, but he didn’t last long, giving up a leadoff double by Alcides Escobar, a single by Juan Soto, and a walk to Ryan Zimmerman to load the bases with no one out for Yadiel Hernández, who hit a base-clearing double into the right-center gap for a 3-0 lead.
Hernández, who was called up today with the COVID issues around the team, moved over to third on an error on the play, and that was it for Sánchez...
Hung 4 on 'em in the 1st.— Washington Nationals (@Nationals) July 29, 2021
Alcides Escobar 2B
Juan Soto 1B
Ryan Zimmerman BB
Yadiel Hernandez 3-run 2B
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Bullpen Action: Connor Brogdon took over with one out in the first and the Phillies trailing, 3-0, and gave up a long fly ball to center off of Tres Barrera’s bat, 4-0, on Barrera’s RBI two-base hit.
Ryan Zimmerman singled off Brogdon with two out in the second and scored on a home run to left by Josh Harrison, who hit a 1-1 changeup 374 feet to left for a 6-0 lead. Harrison’s 6th of 2021.
Brandon Kintzler came on for the Phillies in the top of the third inning, and gave up a one-out single by Carter Kieboom, who took third on a single to right by Andrew Stevenson, when Bryce Harper misplayed it, and scored ahead of a throw home on a grounder out to second off Patrick Corbin’s bat, 7-0.
It was 7-1 in the Nats’ favor when Kintzler came back out for the fourth and gave up one-out singles by Juan Soto and Yadiel Hernández around a walk to Ryan Zimmerman, as the Nats loaded the bases with one out, but Tres Barrera and Carter Kieboom both K’d looking to end the threat.
Enyel De Los Santos got the fifth for the Phillies and retired the Nationals in order to keep it a four-run game.
Josh Harrison doubled off Héctor Neris with two out in the top of the sixth, and the Phillies gave Yadiel Hernández the intentionals, putting two on in front Tres Barrera, who walked to load the bases. Josh Bell came on to pinch hit for Carter Kieboom as the Nationals looked to add some insurance runs, but the slugger flew out to right to end the threat. Still 7-4 Nats.
Wander Suero struck out two in a 1-2-3 sixth, and came back the bottom of the seventh and gave up a two-out single and a walk before the Nationals went to the pen for Tanner Rainey with two on and two out. Rainey came on to face Alec Bohm and Bohm drove in a run with a single to right-center, 7-5. Ronald Torreyes stepped in next, and walked to load the bases in front of J.T. Realmuto, who drove in two runs with a single to left field, 7-7.
It went to extras, and the Nationals went back up with lefty Ranger Suárez on the mound, when Ryan Zimmerman drove Juan Soto in from second base, 8-7. Josh Harrison singled too, and one out later, an intentional walk to Tres Barrera loaded them up in front of pinch hitter Yan Gomes, who K’d swinging for out No. 2. Andrew Stevenson? Swinging K.
Sam Clay got the second save opportunity of the game and got the first out on an Odubel Herrera grounder to short, and after an intentional walk to Jean Segura, pinch hitter Aaron Nola, who got up 3-0, went to 3-2 (after a generous low strike call for strike zone) and took a base-loading walk. Davey Martinez came out again and gave Clay a talking to.
Brad Miller stepped up with the bases loaded and hit a game-winning grand slam. 11-8 Philly.
Final Score: 11-8 Phillies
Nationals now 47-55