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Washington0 0 1 0 0 0 0 1 0 241
Philadelphia0 0 0 4 0 0 0 1 x 563
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  W: R. Suárez (1-0)   L: J. Ross (2-6)   S: C. Brogdon (1)
1:05 PM PT2:05 PM MT3:05 PM CT4:05 PM ET16:05 ET20:05 GMT4:05 1:05 PM MST3:05 PM EST3:35 PM VEN0:05 UAE (+1)2:05 PM CT, June 5, 2021
Citizens Bank Park, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania  Attendance: 16,118

Nationals going for second win of series against Phillies

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Washington Nationals at Philadelphia Phillies

  1. The Phillies took two of three from the Nationals in the nation's capital last month, giving them a 9-4 record over the Nats since last season. Philly swept Washington at home last year, its first home sweep of the Nationals since August 2014.
  2. Washington split its four-game series in Atlanta, scoring 11 and five runs in its two wins and three and one run(s) in its two losses. In 31 games since the start of May, the Nationals are 9-0 when scoring five or more runs compared to 4-18 otherwise.
  3. Philadelphia snapped a three-game losing streak with a 17-3 win in Cincinnati on Tuesday. Philadelphia's seven HR matched a franchise record done twice before (9/8/98 & 7/26/18).
  4. On Monday, Rhys Hoskins became the 25th Phillies player since 1920 with 400+ hits and 100+ home runs for the club. The 458 games he needed to reach that mark are the third fewest by any of them, bested only by Ryan Howard (383) and Chuck Klein (390).
  5. Zach Wheeler had a career-high 14 strikeouts in his last start, his third straight with 10 or more, joining Steve Carlton (twice) and Curt Schilling (six times) as the third Phillie to do that in the live-ball era. He is 2-1 with a 2.37 ERA in his last five starts against the Nationals.
  6. Max Scherzer struck out 10 Brewers in his last start, his 101st game with double-digit strikeouts, the fifth most since 1920. In eight career starts in Philadelphia, he is 5-1 with seven quality starts, a 2.63 ERA and a .194 opponent batting average.
Notes Applicable For Series Dates: 6/4/2021 thru 6/6/2021

Juan Soto appears to have found his offensive rhythm.

The proof is in the numbers.

After a strong four-game series on the road against the Atlanta Braves, Soto ripped a key solo home run in the Washington Nationals' 2-1 win over the Philadelphia Phillies on Friday.

The Nationals will look for their second straight victory in this three-game series on Saturday.

Soto homered twice and had four hits, six RBIs and four walks against the Braves.

Soto also appeared to stare down Phillies starter Zack Wheeler after the home run. Many in the crowd of more than 15,000 could be heard shouting at Soto when he went out to play right field.

"Every time we're on the road, I know I get a lot of stuff in right field," Soto said. "I just try to pay attention to the game. Sometimes they just make me laugh. I don't care what they say. I just really concentrate on the game. I just try to enjoy the game and do whatever I can. Every negative comment, I just try to put it out of my head and just keep it focused on the game."

The Nationals will send Joe Ross (2-5, 5.40 ERA) to the mound for his 11th start. Ross gave up three hits and four runs in five innings in his last start against the Braves on May 31.

"It felt really good," Ross said of his last start. "I felt like I was a little more back on track than the last couple games and fastball felt good, had some good sliders, only threw a couple changeups, but some of them I felt pretty good about. So it is what it is, but overall, I felt good about how I threw the ball."

For Ross' career against the Phillies, he's 2-0 with a 3.21 ERA in six games, four starts.

One game after scoring 17 runs on the road against the Cincinnati Reds, the Phillies' offense stalled against Max Scherzer.

The Phillies managed only six hits, and Andrew McCutchen was the lone player with two hits.

Still, the Phillies refuse to be fazed by their inconsistent play, especially with Bryce Harper (wrist) and Didi Gregorius (elbow) still out of the lineup.

"We have so much baseball left ahead of us," Alec Bohm said. "You think back to the Nationals team that won the World Series. They didn't have a very good record at this point. That's a team that got healthy and took off. It's not about how you start; it's about how you finish.

"We've struggled the first couple months," Bohm added. "We haven't played our best baseball, but so what? We've got about 100 games or more left. Let's attack those ones and not worry about the ones that are behind us."

Spencer Howard (0-1, 5.56 ERA) will make his third start of the season for the Phillies. Howard has a 3.86 ERA in the previous two starts.

Howard has one career start against the Nationals, giving up five hits and two runs in five innings last season (3.60 ERA).

Howard's velocity has been an issue this season as it has dropped significantly after the first few innings.

"I don't think it's still exactly where I want to be, but it's trending in the right direction," Howard said.

Howard believes that changing his pregame meal routine has helped.

"Just eating more and eating closer to the game," he said. "Talking to the starters, the other guys, I realized I kind of shut it down a couple of hours before the game and that's exactly what not to do."

--Field Level Media

Updated June 5, 2021

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