Phillies Eviscerate Nationals 10-1 In Series Opener
Kyle Schwarber hit two bombs and Zack Wheeler continued his dominance on the mound, as the Phillies eviscerated the Nationals 10-1.
Phillies (33-31) Beat Nationals (23-43)
- Winning Pitcher: Zack Wheeler (6-3, 2.69)
- Losing Pitcher: Patrick Corbin (3-9, 6.59)
- Save: n/a
It sure felt nice to win a game comfortably, after a week in which every contest felt like it came down to the wire. Let’s be honest, the Nationals stink! Starting Caesar Hernandez and Maikel Franco wasn’t a good move in 2016 and is definitely not a way to win game sin 2022. The Phillies should absolutely win all five of the game in this series. I mean, the Nats have a starter going tomorrow during the double header that is 1-10.
Maybe the one good thing that Matt Klentak did during his five years as general manager of the Phillies was avoid signing Patrick Corbin to a big long term deal. Since he posted an above average season in 2019, Corbin has gotten a little worse statistically each year and now has a 6.59 on the season after posting an ugly .582 mark in 2021. Corbin is set to make $24 million in 2023 and $35 million in 2024. That’s almost a Russel Westbrook level of regret.
Zack Wheeler breezed through 7 innings allowing only one earned run on a Josh Bell solo shot in the 4th inning. Wheeler improved to 6-3 on the season and is 4-0 since the start of May. He has easily been the best pitcher in the National League over that stretch, with an ERA below 1.60 and an opponents batting average of .186.
Kyle Schwarber hit his 17th and 18th home run of the season and just like everyone predicted is annihilating the ball in June, slashing a healthy .286/.407/.674 with 5 HR and 11 RBI.
Nick Castellanos, the other marquee offseason acquisition was 2-3, 1 R, with 2 RBI after only knocking in one run since the start of the month.
Tomorrow the Phils are schedule to play a doubleheader with the first game scheduled for 1:05 and the second set for 7:05 pm.
Kyle Schwarber with a two out bomb to put the Phils on the board.
Nick Castellanos continues the 2-out rally with an RBI single.
JT Realmuto hustles down the line to beat the noodle arm throw from Nationals shortstop Luis Garcia.
Didi Gregorius adds two more runs with yet another 2 out double in the third inning.
Josh Bell tries to lead Patrick Corbin to first base with the throw but instead ends up throwing it toward the dugout allowing a run to score from second base.
Kyle Schwarber hits his second home run of the night to put the game out of reach.
Nick Castellanos tacks on another RBI in the 4th inning.
Josh Bell finally puts the Nationals on the board with a solo shot off Phillies starting pitcher Zack Wheeler.
Recent addition to the roster, Yairo Muñoz, hits his first home run as a Phillie.
DOUBLE HEADER ALERT!
The Phillies will play an old fashioned doubleheader on Friday against the Nationals in Washington, with the first game beginning at 1:05 and the second game at 7:05.
Ranger Suarez (4-4, 4.40) will toe the rubber facing off against Joan Adon (1-10, 6.95), in the first game of the double header.
The second game will feature a matchup of Bailey Falter (0-2, 4.20) and Paolo Espino (0-1, 2.08)
NBC Sports Philadelphia will have the broadcast of the game.
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