Phillies return the favor, crush Nats 8-2 in Game 2 of Saturday double header
The Phillies bounced back after dropping game 1 of Saturday’s double header by combining for five home runs and crushing the Nats 8-2 in game 2.
Phillies (85-72) Beat Nationals (55-103)
- Winning Pitcher: Noah Syndergaard (10-10, 3.94)
- Losing Pitcher: Tommy Romero (1-1, 10.80)
- Save: Cristopher Sanchez (1, 5.63)
The Phillies, in what was essentially a must-win, not only for the baseball team but for the sanity of all baseball fans in the city, blasted total five home runs including two from Kyle Schwarber who led off the game with a solo shot to right field.
The Phillies lineup came alive in the 3rd inning when Alec Bohm, Brandon Marsh, and Matt Vierling all homered off Nationals starter Tommy Romero. A second solo-shot in the 4th inning put the ball game into blowout territory and the Nationals seemed happy to get home early following a long day of rainy baseball.
For Schwarber, they were his National League leading 43rd and 44th of a fantastic first season in a Phillies uniform. Schwarber’s two home run performance was the 7th of his season, tying Dick Allen (1968) and Ryan Howard (2006) for the most ever in a season by a Phillies player.
The 10 home runs Schwarber hit against the Nationals this season were the most for any Phils player in on season since Mike Schmidt had 10 against the Chicago Cubs in 1980.
With the win the magic number for the Phillies over the Milwaukee Brewers is now 4!
The Phils desperately needed a strong start from Noah Syndergaard after Kyle Gibson was obliterated in Game 1 of the double header. Thor allowed just 2 hits in 5.2 innings of shutout baseball, confidently eating innings before handing the ball off to Cristopher Sanchez for the final 3 innings of a blowout situation.
Kyle Schwarber leads off game 2 with his NL leading 43rd home run this season to put the Phils on top early.
Matt Vierling knocks in another run with an RBI triple in the 2nd inning.
Alec Bohm takes Tommy Romero deep for a two run shot in the 3rd inning.
Brandon Marsh takes Romero deep down the right field foul line for back-to-back for the Phils
Matt Vierling hit the third home run for the Phils in the 3rd inning to blow the game wide open.
Kyle Schwarber knocks his second home run of the game, his 44th this season.
Up Next for the Phillies
The Phillies takes on the Nationals in the final game of a four game series in DC.
Zack Wheeler (11-7, 2.92) will toe the rubber facing off against Patrick Corbin (6-18, 6.08) with the first pitch scheduled for 1:35 pm.
NBC Sports Philadelphia will carry the broadcast of the game.
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