The Washington Nationals entered Friday night’s game against the Philadelphia Phillies in a severe offensive drought and in desperate need of a productive night, and they got it and then a lot more.
Washington wasted no time jumping onto the scoreboard with two two run home runs by Trea Turner and Juan Soto in the first inning as the Nationals jumped out to a 4-0 lead that quickly ballooned to 11-0. The Phillies staged a rally in the middle stages of the game, scoring seven of the next eight runs to draw within a score of 12-7. However, just as cautions started to arise about a possible Phillies comeback, Sammy Solis and Justin Miller shut the door in the eighth and ninth innings. Meanwhile the Nationals finished off the night with a bang, hitting three home runs in the ninth inning for a 17-7 domination of the Phillies on a night where Washington smacked eighteen hits and seven home runs. Every National in the starting lineup had a hit except for pitcher Erick Fedde, who picked up his first big league win. The win snaps a three game losing streak, evens the four game series in Philadelphia, and also ties the season series with the Phillies at 4-4.
Nationals will attempt to clinch at least a split of the four game series in Philadelphia tomorrow as Jeremy Hellickson makes his return to the big leagues at 6 PM