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    started a topic Washington Nationals 2017 Season Thread

    Washington Nationals 2017 Season Thread

    Hello, and welcome to the Washington Nationals 2017 season thread! The Nationals start the 2017 season at home on Monday, April 3rd with a game start time of 1:05PM Eastern against the Miami Marlins. Currently there is a threat of rain later in the afternoon, however that is always subject to change.

    After Monday's game, there is an off day and then Miami will complete a 3 game set on Wednesday the 5th and Thursday the 6th. Then Washington heads up the road for a weekend set with the division rival Phillies.

    Play Ball!!!

  • philliesfiend55
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    Where did this offensive season rank in Ryan Zimmerman's career?
    It was probably his best one yet.
    For one thing his 36 HR, 108 RBI and .303 batting average in 2017 is the only time he has exceeded the round number goals of 30 HR, 100 RBI and a .300 batting average all in the same season.
    Any advanced statistics guys want to dispute that Zimmerman was at the top of his fom last season?

    PS: A great RZ moment: June 18, 2006: Technically a rookie in '06, despite making his major leagues debut and appearing in 20 games in 2005, Ryan Zimmerman delivered a 2-run walkoff home run to defeat the New York Yankees' Chien Ming-Wang 3-2. This was no small accomplishment against a very hot pitcher. The Taiwanese hurler was having a career best season where tied for the majors leagues in Wins, with 19 and then he won 19 games again the following season, before injuries curtailed what began s as a brilliant career. In 2006, his first full season in the majors, Zimmerman put up some outstanding numbers: 20 HR, 110 RBI, .287 B. avg.

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  • Blue387
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    The Nationals announced on Friday that Dusty Baker will not return as the team’s manager for the 2018 season.

    https://www.mlbtraderumors.com/2017/...r-in-2018.html

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  • Steve Jeltz
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    Game 5, NLDS, Thursday, October 12: Cubs 9, Nationals 8

    This was the type of heartbreaking loss that was usually reserved for the Cubs in postseason play prior to 2016. Mental gaffes, bad fielding, controversial plays, and an inning out of the Twilight Zone send the Nationals tumbling into another long winter. Just gut wrenching.

    The Nationals beat themselves, plain and simple. Washington gift wrapped five runs to Chicago. The Nationals did not deserve to win when C Matt Wieters allowed a passed ball on a third strike that would have ended that horrible fifth inning, irregardless of whether Javier Baez's back swing hit Wieters. Instead of the strikeout, Wieters compounded his passed ball by making a throwing error allowing Cubs SS Addison Russell to score from second. Wieters was not finished. The next Cub batter, Tommy La Stella, reached base on catchers interference, loading the bases. Max Scherzer, the eventual losing pitcher, plunked Jon Jay to hand Chicago a 7-4 lead.

    More examples of the Nationals defeating themselves: SS Trea Turner's failure to tag Jay at second on Jay's lead off double in the first inning that led to Chicago's first run. Nat's starter Gio Gonzalez's two out, wild pitch scoring Cubs C Wilson Contreras in the third. LF Jayson Werth misplaying a catchable line drive that would have been the third out in the sixth off Russell's bat. Instead, Werth's gaffe gave the Cubs another run to make it 8-4. Finally, with the Nationals having clawed back to within one run in the eighth, backup C Jose Lobaton inexplicably getting picked off first base for the third out that short circuited a potential Washington rally.

    Final Line: Cubs: 9 runs, 9 hits, 0 errors, Nationals: 8 runs, 14 hits, 2 errors
    Last edited by Steve Jeltz; 10-13-2017, 05:17 PM.

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  • Steve Jeltz
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    Game 4, NLDS, Wednesday, October 11: Nationals 5, Cubs 0

    The Nationals force a deciding Game 5 tomorrow in Washington with today's clutch victory. Putting my questions and doubts about his competitiveness to rest, Stephen Strasburg strikes out 12 in 7 dominant innings in winning his first ever postseason game.

    On a dreary, drizzly day suited more for a Redskins-Bears game than a baseball game, the Nationals put their first run across in the third. Trea Turner hit a one out double, his first hit of the series, and advanced to third on a wild pitch by Cubs starter Jake Arrieta. After Arrieta got Jayson Werth looking at strike three for the second out, Bryce Harper worked a walk. Up came Ryan Zimmerman who bounced a chopper to SS Addison Russell. The ball bounced off the charging Russell's glove to allow Turner to score the unearned run. The Nationals put the game out of reach in the eighth on Micheal A. Taylor's grand slam off Wade Davis into the right field basket to give the Nats a commanding 5-0 lead.

    With the assumption that Strasburg was too ill to start, manager Dusty Baker initially gave the nod to Tanner Roark to start Game 4 after yesterday's rain out. However, upon entering the park, Strasburg informed Baker that he felt well enough to pitch and Baker scratched Roark in favor of Strasburg. In 7 innings, Strasburg struck out 12, walked 2 and permitted 3 hits. For the North Siders, Arrieta, nursing a bum hamstring, was the losing pitcher, yielding 5 walks, 2 hits and an unearned run in 4 IP. In 3.2 innings of relief, Game 2 starter Jon Lester allowed 1 run, 1 hit and struck out 3. The duo of Carl Edwards Jr. and Wade Davis combined to pitch 0 innings, allowing 2 hits, 3 walks and 3 runs.

    Final Line: Nationals: 5 runs, 5 hits, 1 error, Cubs: 0 runs, 3 hits, 2 errors

    Next Game: Game 5, Thursday, October 12 vs Chicago Cubs, 8:00 ET. The winner will advance to the NLCS to face the Los Angeles Dodgers.
    Last edited by Steve Jeltz; 10-11-2017, 10:22 PM.

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  • Steve Jeltz
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    Game 4, NLDS, Tuesday, October 10: Postponed due to rain

    The game has been rescheduled to Wednesday, October 11. First pitch at 4:00 ET.

    In a move that is already being debated, manager Dusty Baker has elected to stick with Tanner Roark as his Game 4 starter. With the rain out, Baker had the opportunity to start a rested Stephen Strasburg. Citing Strasburg had an "illness" and his endurance was low, Baker decided to stick with the inconsistent Roark.

    How long will Strasburg be coddled? Despite his enormous talent, I question Strasburg's heart and his competitive fire. His team is staring elimination in the face and he can't start because he is ill? Competitors at least try and, many times succeed, when they are ill. Do you think Michael Jordan would beg out of a playoff game because he had a cold? No way! What an insult to his teammates that are physically hurting right now. Bryce Harper is playing on one leg, Daniel Murphy is worn down, Anthony Rendon is banged up, yet you do not see them begging out of the lineup. This isn't the regular season, this is do or die. Strasburg is the Nats's hottest pitcher and he should at least attempt to pitch.

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  • Steve Jeltz
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    Game 3, NLDS, Monday, October 9: Cubs 2, Nationals 1

    Washington is now on the brink of elimination following today's heartbreaking loss in Wrigley. Anthony Rizzo's RBI bloop single that fell between LF Jayson Werth, CF Michael A. Taylor and SS Trea Turner in the eighth is the difference maker.

    For the second time in three games, a Washington starting pitcher carries a no hit bid into the latter stages of a contest and the Nats offense fails to capitalize. In Game 1, it was Stephen Strasburg who held the Cubs hitless for 5.2 innings. Today, it was Max Scherzer, who went 6.1 innings, with 1 hit allowed and 7 strikeouts. Showing no ill effects from his hamstring injury, Scherzer no hit the Cubs for 6.1 innings until Ben Zobrist's double. Immediately following Zobrist's double, Scherzer was removed in a questionable decision by manager Dusty Baker with the Nats clinging to a 1-0 lead. Cubs PH Albert Amora Jr. promptly welcomed Sammy Solis with a single to score Zobrist to tie the score. In the eighth, losing pitcher Brandon Kintzer issued a lead off walk to PH Tommy La Stella. Jon Jay sacrificed Leonys Martin, pinch running for La Stella, to second. Kintzer struck out the dangerous Kris Bryant for the second out. Playing the percentages, Baker called upon southpaw Oliver Perez to face the left handed swinging Rizzo in hopes of recording the third out. Perez jammed Rizzo on a high and in pitch, which Rizzo blooped to left center where Werth, Taylor and Turner converged. With nobody taking charge, the ball dropped in for the eventual winning hit.

    Not to be outdone, Cub starter Jose Quintana yielded only 2 hits and 1 unearned run in 5.2 innings, while striking out 7 in a no decsion. The unearned run came in the sixth with two outs and nobody on. Daniel Murphy lofted a fly ball to left that LF Kyle Schwarber dropped. Attempting to recover it, Schwarber then kicked the ball allowing Murphy to reach third. Schwarber was charged with two errors on the play. Chicago manager Joe Maddon went to the bullpen and summoned Pedro Strop after Schwarber's fielding misadventures. Ryan Zimmerman stroked an RBI double to right center off Strop to put the Nationals in front, 1-0. Getting the win for the Cubs was Game 2 losing pitcher, Carl Edwards Jr.

    Final Line: Cubs: 2 runs, 4 hits, 4 errors, Nationals: 1 run, 3 hits, 1 error

    Next Game: Game 4, Tuesday, October 10 at Chicago Cubs, 5:30 ET
    Last edited by Steve Jeltz; 10-09-2017, 10:26 PM.

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  • Steve Jeltz
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    Game 2, NLDS, Saturday, October 7: Nationals 6, Cubs 3

    Time will tell if this is the game that serves as a springboard to Washington finally winning a playoff series. A five run eighth inning, keyed by dramatic home runs from Bryce Harper and Ryan Zimmerman, allows the Nationals to even the series at one game apiece.

    Anthony Rendon's solo home run off Cubs starter Jon Lester in the first inning handed the Nats their first run of the series. Chicago quickly answered in the second off Gio Gonzalez with a long ball of their own, a Wilson Contreras solo job to tie the game at 1. In a play slightly reminiscent of the Jeffrey Maier/Derek Jeter home run controversy in the 1996 ALCS, Anthony Rizzo smacked a deep fly ball to right that a Cub fan reached over the railing to catch. After a review, its was ruled a two run home run for Rizzo that put the Cubs ahead, 3-1, in the fourth.

    Down to their final six outs and facing a 0-2 hole in the series, the Nationals offense finally got out of its malaise. Adam Lind led off the frame with a single off Carl Edwards Jr. One out later, Harper launched an offering from Edwards Jr. into the second deck in right to tie the score at 3. A Rendon walk from Edwards Jr. and Daniel Murphy's single off new Cubs reliever Mike Montgomery set up Zimmerman's heroics. Zimmerman's three run home run just cleared the left field fence to give the Nationals the 6-3 advantage.

    Both starting pitchers gained no decisions. Gio Gonzalez exited after 5 innings, surrendering 3 hits, 3 runs, 2 walks and 6 strikeouts. The bullpen for the Nationals shut down the Cubs the rest of the way. Matt Albers, Sammy Solis, Ryan Madson, Oliver Perez and Sean Doolittle allowed 3 hits and 1 walk in 4 innings. The victory went to Perez, who recorded a crucial double play from Rizzo in the top of the eighth. Chicago's Jon Lester, making his 24th career postseason appearance, final line was 6 IP, 2 hits, 1 run, 2 walks and 2 strikeouts. Pedro Stroup twirled a perfect seventh. Edwards Jr, the losing pitcher, and Montgomery teamed to allow all five National runs in the eighth.

    Final Line: Nationals: 6 runs, 6 hits, 0 errors, Cubs, 3 runs, 6 hits, 0 errors

    Next Game: Game 3, Monday, October 9 at Chicago Cubs, 4:00 ET

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  • Steve Jeltz
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    Game 1, NLDS, Friday, October 6: Cubs 3, Nationals 0

    Chicago snatches the home field advantage by blanking the Nationals, 3-0, in the first game of this best of five series. A fine pitching duel between Stephen Strasburg and Cubs starter Kyle Hendricks cannot overshadow Anthony Rendon costly error in the sixth and Chicago's Anthony Rizzo's clutch hitting.

    The defending World Series champions had their hands full with Strasburg. In a sparkling performance, Strasburg struck out 10 and allowed 3 hits and 3 runs (1 unearned) in 7 innings for the tough loss. Pitching in place of Max Scherzer, Strasburg carried a no hitter into the sixth inning when Chicago's Javier Baez reached on an error by Rendon. Hendricks sacrificed Baez to second for the first out. Following a fly out from Ben Zobrist, Kris Bryant broke up the no hitter and scoreless game by lacing a RBI single to right to score Baez. Nats RF Bryce Harper foolishly tried to throw out Baez at the plate, which allowed Bryant to barely beat Matt Wieters throw to second. The Cubs immediately cashed in on Harper's mental mistake when Bryant came home on Rizzo's single. In the eighth, Rizzo knocked in his second RBI on an opposite field double off Ryan Madson to make it 3-0.

    The Nationals offense never did get untracked or mount a real threat against Hendricks. Hendricks went 7 innings, striking out 6, walking 3 and allowing only 2 hits for the victory. The tandem of Carl Edwards Jr. and Wade Davis each pitched a perfect inning, with Davis being credited with the save. Washington could only muster two hits for the entire game, singles from Harper and Michael A. Taylor.

    Final Line: Cubs: 3 runs, 5 hits, 1 error, Nationals: 0 runs, 2 hits, 1 error

    Next Game: Game 2, Saturday, October 7, vs Chicago Cubs, 5:30 ET

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  • Steve Jeltz
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    Nationals Notes:

    * Stephen Strasburg won the NL Pitcher of the Month for September. Strasburg went 4-0, with a 0.83 ERA with 40 strikeouts in 32.2 innings. It is the third time Strasburg has won the NL Pitcher of the Month, having previously accomplished the feat in April, 2012 and July, 2016.

    * The NL Reliever of the Month for September is Sean Doolittle. In 11 appearances, Doolittle saved 8 games, struck out 14, walked 3 and held opposing hitters to a .158 batting average.

    * It's still uncertain who will start Game 1 of the NLDS for the Nats. Max Scherzer would have been the starter if not for his hamstring injury last Saturday. More than likely, it will be announced who the starter will be after Scherzer throws on Wednesday. This is turning into a needless mini soap opera when the Nats have another ace in Strasburg. Logic states you start Strasburg in Game 1, as it is crucial for the Nationals to get off on the right foot. Game 2, I would start Gio Gonzalez and send the rested Scherzer to the hill for Game 3 in Wrigley.

    * Bryce Harper continues his quest to work the rust off by facing live pitching in batting practice. Sammy Solis and Edwin Jackson have been pitching to Harper in BP.

    * There is a small possibility that Brian Goodwin may be on the post season roster. Goodwin, out since mid-August with a groin injury, is on a rehab assignment in West Palm Beach, FL. Manager Dusty Baker stated that Goodwin appears healthy and is not favoring his groin.

    * Baker's contract expires at the end of this season. The Washington front office, while publicly stating they are pleased with Baker's performance, has informed Baker that they will evaluate his contract situation after the season. Baker stated that he is happy in Washington and plans to continue managing.

    "I'm concentrating on today," Baker said. "My future is to really stay healthy, stay alive so I can see my son play in the big leagues. I've given some thought to some things, but we were told that we were waiting until after the season to make determination. There's a good chance I'll be back. I wanna be back."


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  • Steve Jeltz
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    Sunday October 1: Pirates 11, Nationals 8

    Game number 162 goes four and a half hours with the Nationals coming out on the short end of an 11-8 loss. Pittsburgh is powered by four RBI from Max Moroff and three RBI from Jacob Stallings.The Nationals Anthony Rendon achieves a personal milestone by reaching the century mark in RBI for the first time in his career with a three run homer in the first.

    Gio Gonzalez was not sharp in his final regular season start. The Bucs batted around in the first by scoring five runs of the lefthander, with Gonzalez plunking Jordan Leplow for one of the Pirates runs. Gonzalez is the losing pitcher with a line of 4.1 IP, 7 hits, 6 runs, 3 walks and 2 strikeouts to finish with a 15-9 slate on the season. Preparing for the NLDS, manager Dusty Baker inserted Tanner Roark into the contest. Roark didn't fare better, surrendering 2 runs on 3 hits in 1 inning. In all, Washington sent six pitchers to the hill with varying degrees of success. The Pirates, auditioning pitchers for 2018, sent nine hurlers to the mound. Starter Steven Brault went 2 plus innings, with 6 hits, 4 runs, and 4 walks. The win would go to the second Pittsburgh pitcher, Angel Sanchez, who tossed 2 innings of scoreless ball.

    Washington batters would deposit 16 hits, but would leave 16 men on base. Rendon was 1 for 3 with the three run homer and ends the regular season with an even 100 RBI. Also homering for the Nats was Michael A. Taylor, who hit his 19th. Bryce Harper, in his best game since returning from the DL, went 2 for 4 with 2 runs scored. Rounding out the Nationals who had multi hits games were Trea Turner, Adrian Sanchez, Daniel Murphy and Alejandro De Aza.

    Final Line: Pirates: 11 runs, 14 hits, 2 errors, Nationals: 8 runs, 16 hits, 0 errors

    Next Game: Game 1 of the NLDS. Friday, October 6, vs Chicago Cubs, 7:30 ET.

    Final Regular Season Record: 97-65, 1st place in the NL East, 20 games ahead of 2nd place Miami.

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  • Steve Jeltz
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    Saturday, September 30: Pirates 4, Nationals 1

    Max Scherzer had to leave tonight's game against Pittsburgh with a cramped right hamstring. Scherzer will have a MRI performed for precautionary measures. Hopefully, Scherzer is alright in time for the NLDS.

    Before his departure, Scherzer allowed 0 runs, 1 hit, and 5 strikeouts in 3.1 innings. Over the next 4.2 innings, A.J. Cole and Enny Romero did a great job in relief, not yielding a hit to Pittsburgh. In the ninth, Brandon Kintzler entered to seal a potential 1-0 win. However, the Pirates offense came alive, scoring 4 runs on 4 hits off Kintzler in 0.2 innings. It is Kintzler's 3rd loss of the year.

    Starting pitcher Jameson Taillon of the Pirates pitched 7 strong innings, keeping the Nationals off balance by giving up just 4 hits, 1 walk and 1 run. Taillion pitched to a no decision. Picking up his first win of 2017 was veteran George Kontos, who hurled a perfect eighth. Collecting his 21st save was "Nightmare" Felipe Rivero, who was perhaps given up on too quickly by the Nationals in 2016.

    The Nats took an early 1-0 lead in the second on Ryan Zimmerman's RBI single. The score would remain unchanged until the ninth. Seeking his second save as a Nat, Kintzler was one strike away from preserving the victory with Sean Rodriguez at the dish. With the Washington faithful on their feet anticipating the victory, Rodriguez lashed a game tying single. Following a walk to Elias Diaz that loaded the bases, Max Moroff's bases clearing triple completed Pittsburgh's come from behind victory.

    Final Line: Pirates: 4 runs, 5 hits, 0 errors, Nationals: 1 run, 4 hits, 0 errors

    Next Game: Sunday October 1, vs Pittsburgh, 3:05 ET for the final regular season game.

    Nationals Record: 97-64

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  • Steve Jeltz
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    Friday, September 29: Nationals 6, Pirates 1

    Keyed by a pair of Ryan Zimmerman home runs and Stephen Strasburg's stellar start, the Nationals sink the Pirates, 6-1.

    Solidifying his case for the NL Cy Young Award, winning pitcher Strasburg tossed 7.2 innings of 2 hit ball, striking out 8 and not permitting a run. Strasburg finishes the regular season with a 15-4 record. Fellow number 1 overall draft pick, Gerrit Cole of Pittsburgh, went 5.1 innings, allowing 8 hits and 3 runs, while striking out 7. Cole is handed the loss and completes his campaign with a .500 record of 12-12.

    A double by Zimmerman bringing around Anthony Rendon put the Nats ahead,1-0, in the first. For the next 4.1 innings, Strasburg and Cole exchanged zeros until Washington broke the game open in the sixth. A RBI single from Daniel Murphy and a two run homer from Zimmerman provided the Nats with a 4-0 lead. In the bottom of the eighth, back to back homers from Zimmerman and Jayson Werth off Buc reliever Dan Runzler increased the lead to 6-0. Former 2013 NL MVP Award winner Andrew McCuthen drove in Pittsburgh's lone run on a double in the ninth.

    Final Line: Nationals: 6 runs, 11 hits, 1 error, Pirates: 1 run, 4 hits, 0 errors

    Next Game: Saturday, September 30 vs Pittsburgh, 7:05 ET

    Nationals Record: 97-63

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  • Steve Jeltz
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    Thursday, September 28: Nationals 5, Pirates 4

    Tuning up for the postseason, the Nationals pull out a 5-4 victory thanks to Alejandro De Aza's game winning single in the bottom of the ninth. Pittsburgh 1B Josh Bell's two run homer in the top of the ninth off eventual winning pitcher, Sean Doolittle, tied it. It was Doolittle's first blown save as a National.

    In an encouraging start, Nationals starter Edwin Jackson was steady over 6 innings, striking out 7 and allowing 2 runs. Ivan Nova of the Pirates pitched 2 innings, allowing 1 run on 4 hits before leaving with an injured hand. Attempting a sacrifice bunt in the third, Nova was hit on his right hand and removed from the game. Daniel Hudson is the losing pitcher, failing to retire a batter in the ninth before De Aza's game winner.

    Final Line: Nationals: 5 runs, 11 hits, 0 errors, Pirates: 4 runs, 6 hits, 0 errors

    Next Game: Friday, September 29 vs Pittsburgh, 7:05 ET

    Nationals Record: 96-63

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  • Steve Jeltz
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    Wednesday, September 27: Phillies 7, Nationals 5

    In their final regular season road game, the Nationals fall to the Phillies in a four hour marathon. Wasted scoring chances (3 for 12 with runners in scoring position) and a terrible showing by Nats starter Tanner Roark spell defeat.

    A combined ten pitchers took to the hill for both clubs. Roark, the losing pitcher, is chased after 4.2 innings, with 7 hits, 6 runs and 5 walks yielded. His fellow starter, Mark Leiter Jr., doesn't fare better. Leiter Jr. is lit up for 8 hits, 5 runs and 3 walks in 4.1 innings in a no decision. In relief of Leiter Jr., Yaksel Rios picks up his first ML win, but not before allowing 2 inherited runners to score and 2 walks in 0.2 innings. Getting the save is Hector Neris, who struck out 2 in a scoreless ninth.

    Philadelphia struck first in the second. A two run double from C Jorge Alfaro and a double play ground ball from Leiter Jr. put the Phils in front, 3-0. Single runs in the third and fourth innings by the Nats cut the deficit to 3-2. In the top of the fifth, Anthony Rendon's RBI single and Jayson Werth's two run double would put the Nationals ahead temporarily, 5-3. The Phillies regained the advantage in the bottom half, thanks to LF Aaron Altherr's RBI triple and CF Odubel Herrera's RBI double. An error from C Pedro Severino on a Daniel Murphy throw to the plate in the eighth produced the Phil's final run.

    Final Line: Philles: 7 runs, 9 hits, 0 errors, Nationals: 5 runs, 11 hits, 1 error

    Next Game: Thursday, September 28 vs Pittsburgh, 7:05 ET

    Nationals Record: 95-63

    Nationals Notes: The Nationals will square off against the Chicago Cubs in the NLDS starting in Washington on October 6. Washington will be seeking their first NLDS series win after defeats to the Cardinals in 2012, the Giants in 2014 and the Dodgers last year. Overall, the Montreal/Washington franchise has won one postseason series when the Montreal Expos disposed of the Phillies in the NLDS in the strike shortened 1981 season.

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