Phillies stand alone atop NL Wild Card, deliver a night to remember at Citizens Bank Park in 7-0 win vs Nationals
The Philadelphia Phillies delivered a night to remember at Citizens Bank Park last night in a 7-0 win over the Washington Nationals.
The game carried so many different storylines and honestly, I don’t even know where to begin so let’s just take it inning by inning.
After it was announced that Brandon Marsh would be out 2-3 weeks with a bruised knee that he suffered against the Kansas City Royals, the Phillies called up 28-year old Weston Wilson to take his spot on the major league roster.
Wilson, a power hitting bat from the right side of the plate, made his MLB debut last night and in his first at-bat, crushed a home run deep to left field to extend the Phillies’ lead to 4-0.
Weston Wilson Homers First MLB At-Bat
Quick rewind to the first inning of last night’s game…
In the top of the first inning, Bryce Harper hit an RBI double to center field that scored Alec Bohm. Nick Castellanos stepped up to the plate and hit home run No. 199 deep to centerfield that gave the Phillies an early 3-0 lead. In the bottom of the third inning, Castellanos crushed another home run, marking career the Phillies right fielder.
Nick Castellanos hits No. 199 and No. 200 vs Nationals (Swipe on IG for Video)
HARP/CASTY HEAT CHECK: Nick has been on an absolute tear in the month of August. In 9 games this month, he’s now batting .316 with 12 hits, 5 home runs, 10 RBIs, and 8 runs scored. Bryce Harper is batting .324 with 12 hits, 2 home runs, 7 RBIs and 7 runs scored over nine games in August.
We are now caught up on two of the major storylines from last night and we haven’t even made it to the fourth inning and by far, the biggest headline of the night.
Enter Michael Lorenzen.
The Phillies newest member to the starting rotation, in only his second start since coming to Philly at the trade deadline, tossed a no-hitter last night, the first at Citizens Bank Park since Roy Halladay did it in the playoffs 10+ years ago.
Lorenzen dazzled through nine innings of no-hit baseball, throwing a total of 124 pitches, 79 for strikes, while inducing 12 fly-outs.
After the celebrations on the field, Rob Thomson delivered a fantastic speech as Lorenzen thanked his new teammates and Kyle Schwarber, who had the night off, started in awe at a fresh cold one.
Phillies Hunt for Red October
The Philadelphia Phillies are now in sole possession of the top Wild Card spot in the National League.
Aaron Nola will take the mound as The Fightins look to close out series against the Washington Nationals winning 3 of 4 games before welcoming the Minnesota Twins to town this weekend.