MLB Baseball

Final 1 2 3   4 5 6   7 8 9   R H E
Philadelphia0 1 1 0 0 0 1 0 4 793
Washington0 0 0 2 3 0 0 0 1 6101
  W: M. Llovera (1-0)   L: K. Finnegan (4-3)   S: A. Bradley (2)
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, August 5, 2021
Nationals Park, Washington, District of Columbia  Attendance: 22,575

Phillies look to complete four-game sweep of Nationals

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Philadelphia Phillies at Washington Nationals

  1. These teams have split 12 games this season with the Phillies taking two of three at Nationals Park. The Phillies' starters ERA versus Washington is 6.45, while the relievers are at 2.77. The Nationals' starters are at 2.98 while the bullpen is 7.78 against Philadelphia.
  2. The Phillies lost two of three to the Pirates in Pittsburgh over the weekend. Their only win came on Sunday, when they collected 15 runs and 20 hits. The 15 runs tied for their second highest this season, while this was the Phillies' first 20-hit game since April 7, 2018 (versus the Marlins).
  3. The Nationals have won four of their last six games. Each of their last nine games has been decided by three runs or fewer. Washington started the season 4-7 in home games against divisional foes but has won seven of its last nine such games.
  4. J.T. Realmuto tied his career high with five hits on Sunday. He had five hits in the previous eight games combined. His other five-hit game came on July 8, 2018 at Washington as a member of the Marlins.
  5. Yadiel Hernandez is batting .667 (8/12) in his last four games and had a career-high four hits on Sunday. His season average went from .253 to .303 in those four games. On Sunday, he added his first career multi-homer game.
  6. Ranger Suarez started three of his first four career appearances in 2018, but has not started since. He has allowed five earned runs in 40.1 innings all season. Josiah Gray, who came to the Nats in the Scherzer/Turner, trade will make his third career appearance and second start on Monday.
Notes Applicable For Series Dates: 8/2/2021 thru 8/5/2021
(AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

The surging Philadelphia Phillies aim to match a season-high winning streak on Thursday when they vie for a sweep of their four-game series against the host Washington Nationals.

The Phillies once again flexed their offensive muscle with a 9-5 victory over the Nationals on Wednesday, maintaining a 1 ½-game deficit behind the New York Mets in the NL East.

Philadelphia has scored 36 runs en route to winning four in a row, a streak that is one victory shy of matching its season high set from May 3-7.

The notion that the Phillies' bats could heat up in short order also provided a calming presence on Wednesday when the team was faced with an early three-run deficit.

"I don't think there was much of a change in the dugout," slugger Rhys Hoskins said. "It's the third inning. We've seemed to be able to score a lot early and score a lot late throughout the season."

Hoskins had an RBI double during the four-run third inning before belting a two-run shot in the fifth to increase his team-leading totals in homers (24) and RBIs (66).

Bryce Harper collected three hits, two RBIs and two runs scored on Wednesday to improve to 9-for-19 with one homer, four RBIs and seven runs scored in his past five contests. The 2015 National League MVP has been tormenting his former team by going 20-for-48 with five homers, nine RBIs and 15 runs scored this season.

Harper has reached base in all 14 games versus the Nationals in 2021. He enters the series finale with a 13-game on-base streak overall.

The Phillies will turn to Aaron Nola (7-6, 4.30 ERA) on Thursday.

Nola, 28, had won two of his prior three starts before receiving a no-decision on Saturday against Pittsburgh. He allowed two runs on three hits in six innings in that outing.

"This is how it's going to be, it's baseball," Nola said. "We've seen it from our hitters, where they score seven, eight, nine, 10 (runs). That's just how it works sometimes."

Nola owns a 6-7 record with a 3.89 ERA in 22 career starts versus Washington. Juan Soto is just 5-for-26 with eight strikeouts against Nola, albeit with two homers.

Speaking of two homers, Luis Garcia belted a pair of solo shots on Wednesday after going 2-for-23 in his previous seven games. Fellow youngsters Carter Kieboom and Victor Robles also went deep for the Nationals.

"It's very exciting and motivating," the 21-year-old Garcia said, via translator Octavio Martinez. "I'm trying to learn from each individual. Every day, you can pick up something from everybody. And I think we're all motivated to learn from each other."

Washington right-hander Joe Ross (5-9, 4.00) will provide the opposition on Thursday.

Ross, 28, yielded five runs (four earned) on seven hits in 4 1/3 innings in a 6-3 setback to the Chicago Cubs on Saturday.

Ross fell to 2-1 with a 2.31 ERA in eight career appearances (six starts) against Philadelphia after yielding four runs (none earned) on three hits in six innings of a 5-2 loss on June 5. Jean Segura (9-for-18) and J.T. Realmuto (8-for-19) have flustered Ross in their respective careers.

--Field Level Media

Updated August 5, 2021

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