Nationals sweep doubleheader in 6-5 victory against Phillies and clinch Wild Card spot; recap 9/24/19

The Washington Nationals beat the Philadelphia Phillies 6-5 tonight, thus sweeping the long-awaited doubleheader. Following the Chicago Cubs’ loss to the Pittsburgh Pirates, the Nationals have also clinched a Wild Card spot, a major accomplishment following a turbulent season. Max Scherzer threw six innings that yielded five hits, four runs, one walk, and ten strikeouts. Hunter Strickland, Javy Guerra, and Daniel Hudson provided excellent relief to help secure the win and the clinch.

In the third inning, Yan Gomes hit a solo home run, and in the fourth, Gomes hit a sac fly to score Asdrúbal Cabrera. In the sixth, Trea Turner hit a grand slam to give the Nationals the win and Max another win on his record. Tonight’s win and clinch once again prove the resilience of this team and show that they are indeed “staying in the fight.”

Tomorrow, Aníbal Sanchez faces Drew Smyly in the fourth game of this five-game series. First pitch is scheduled for 7:05 pm ET.

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