Phillies late-game rally falls short, lose to Nationals 6-4
The Phillies lost a tough one in South Philly last night, falling to the Nationals by a final score of 6-4. Back to back home runs, with one of them being an inside the park home run from Bryce Harper, couldn’t even get the job done. The Phillies now fall to 50-50 on the season, their 20th time holding a .500 record throughout 2021.
Matt, I couldn’t agree more. How many more starts will Matt Moore get in a Phillies uniform? His season struggles continued last night, letting up not one, but TWO, three run home runs in the early innings of the game. Moore surrendered the loss, after only throwing 4 innings, giving up six earned runs, seven hits, and two walks. The bullpen was surprisingly great once again, getting a combined 5 innings from Chase Anderson, Jose Alvarado, Connor Brogdon, and Enyel De Los Santos, with no runs and one hit allowed.
After going down 6-1 early, all signs were leading to this game being chalked up as a loss. But the Phillies fought their way back, and they did it in exciting fashion. Bryce Harper sent one to the “angle” in center field, and man was he FLYING around those bases.
Inside the Park Home Runs are always electric, and Bryce’s had the stadium going crazy. Harper is now up to .289 on the season, with 15 HR, 35 RBIs, and a .914 OPS on the year. If Bryce Harper never gets hit in the face, is his name in the MVP conversation?
The Harper inside the park home run got everyone fired up, but McCutchen wanted to keep the fun going just a bit longer. He stepped up to the plate immediately following Harper’s HR, and did everything he could to keep the momentum on our side.
With multiple game winning chances being put right in front of them, including Andrew Knapp’s near lead taking home run, to Bryce Harper missing a hanging curveball by a few inches, the Phillies had their opportunities to win this game. The 9th inning had Monday night’s heroic win vibes written all over it, but it wouldn’t turn out that way in the end.
With last night’s 6-4 loss, the Phillies now fall to 50-50 on the season. The MLB Trade Deadline ends on Friday, and the Phillies seem to be one of the bigger names that are looking to acquire talent before that time.
The team traded for Tyler Anderson today, but the deal has been halted due to medical issues with one of the Phillies prospects involved in the trade. More moves are hopefully in the near future, with names like Craig Kimbrel, Byron Buxton, Kris Bryant, and more all being thrown around. The Phillies send Zack Wheeler (8-5, 2.37 ERA) to the mound at 7:05 tonight to face Patrick Corbin (6-9, 5.71 ERA).
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