Wheeler struggles, Girardi explodes, and the Phillies lose to the Nationals 3-2
If you would have told me that by the end of June, only one team in the NL East would be over .500 and that team would be the New York Mets, I would have told you that you were crazy. I also would have told you that you were crazy if you thought the Atlanta Hawks were going to beat the Philadelphia 76ers.
To be clear, I would have also called you crazy if you told me that midseason, MLB umpires were going to start inspecting pitchers during ball games and pitchers would respond by threatening to take off their pants, yet here we are.
Max Scherzer stared down the Phillies bench. Joe Girardi was ejected. MLB Umpires are ruining the game of baseball. Zack Wheeler had his worst outing of the season last night, lasting only three innings and allowing three runs. A silver lining from last night would be the bullpen, who pitched fantastic in relief to keep it a one run ball game heading into the bottom of the ninth inning.
Solo home runs from Bryce Harper in the second inning and Rhys Hoskins in the eighth inning were the only offensive sparks for The Phillies last night. They lost to the Nationals 3-2. Harper and Hoskins were a combined 4-for-9 last night with two RBI. Hoskins doubled as well and now has four home runs, eight RBI, and seven hits over his last seven games.
The Phillies had just six total hits on the night and struck out 13 times. They were 1-for-10 with runners in scoring position. They did load the bases with one out in the bottom of the 9th inning, but followed up with an Odubel Herrera fly out to shallow left field and a ground out by Rhys Hoskins to end the game.
At the end of the night, the Mets still sit in first place at 37-31 and lead the rest of the NL East by four games. The Nationals have won eight of their last nine games and the Braves are now 35-37. Both teams are now tied with The Phillies at 34-36.
Vincent Velasquez will attempt to right the ship today at 1:05pm. The Phillies will then have the dayoff tomorrow before playing four games against the Mets, starting with a double header on Friday.