MLB Baseball

Game 1: Final 1 2 3   4 5 6   7 8 9   R H E
Philadelphia1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 150
Washington0 0 0 1 0 2 0 1 x 470
  W: T. Rainey (2-3)   L: N. Vincent (1-4)   S: D. Hudson (4)
10:05 AM PT11:05 AM MT12:05 PM CT1:05 PM ET13:05 ET17:05 GMT1:05 10:05 AM MST12:05 PM EST12:35 PM VEN21:05 UAE12:05 PM CT, September 24, 2019
Nationals Park, Washington, District of Columbia  Attendance: 23,442

Nats go for playoff berth; Phillies fight to stay alive

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Philadelphia Phillies at Washington Nationals

  1. The Nationals and Phillies are set to play the majors' first five-game series of the season. Washington is 9-5 against Philadelphia this year, averaging 5.57 runs per game, the franchise's most in a single season against the Phillies since Montreal averaged 5.92 runs in 1999.
  2. Juan Soto is slashing .324/.415/.657 with nine homers, 26 RBI and 26 runs in his 27 games against the Phillies since the start of last season, while Anthony Rendon has a .369/.446/.739 slash line with nine home runs, 14 doubles, 24 RBI and 28 runs. Rendon's doubles and runs are the most by any player against Philadelphia since the start of last season.
  3. Patrick Corbin takes the ball on five days' rest in the opener after giving up two unearned runs over six innings in a win at St. Louis on Tuesday. He has gone 3-4 with a 4.01 ERA in 15 outings with five days' between starts compared to going 8-3 with a 2.41 ERA in 13 starts on four days' rest.
  4. Zach Eflin, the Phillies' scheduled starter for the opener, allowed an unearned run over seven innings to beat the Braves his last time out. Eflin is 2-1 with a 1.57 ERA and .577 opponents' OPS over his last five starts after going 0-4 with an 11.64 ERA and 1.127 opponents' OPS in his previous five starts.
  5. J.T. Realmuto is batting .194 with three extra-base hits in his last eight games after hitting .414 with seven extra-base hits in his prior seven. Since August 1, Realmuto is batting .186 with a .665 OPS in 15 games vs. NL East clubs, compared to hitting .339 with a 1.084 OPS in 29 games against all other teams.
  6. Rhys Hoskins is mired in an 0-for-18 slump -- the second-longest hitless stretch of his career. He has just two hits in 20 at-bats in the nation's capital this season, and is slashing just .155/.294/.352 with 23 strikeouts in 18 career games at Washington.
Notes Applicable For Series Dates: 9/23/2019 thru 9/24/2019

The Washington Nationals have a chance to clinch a playoff berth after a one-year absence -- and eliminate the Philadelphia Phillies at the same time.

The Nationals (86-69) and Phillies (79-76) will meet for a day-night doubleheader in Washington on Tuesday, the day game serving as a makeup of a contest rained out on June 18.

Washington, which reduced its magic number to three with a 6-1 win in the series opener Monday night, leads the Milwaukee Brewers by a half-game for the top wild-card spot -- and home field for the one-and-done playoff game. A doubleheader sweep paired with a Chicago Cubs loss at Pittsburgh would seal a playoff berth for the Nationals.

"Let's just take care of tomorrow," Nationals manager Dave Martinez told after the Monday victory. "Just win the first game and go from there. It's been that same message almost the whole year: 'Let's go 1-0,' you know. That's how we got to this point. I don't want them to think too far ahead."

The Nationals will send out right-hander Joe Ross (3-4, 6.17 ERA) in the day game and ace right-hander Max Scherzer (10-7, 2.81) for the nightcap.

The Phillies will use right-handed reliever Blake Parker (3-2, 4.40) as the opener in Game 1 while right-hander Aaron Nola (12-6, 3.75) is expected to start Game 2 as Philadelphia faces elimination with a loss.

The Nationals have won five straight against the Phillies at Nationals Park.

Ross hasn't pitched since Sept. 2 due to a forearm injury. He made five starts in August, going 3-0 with a 1.05 ERA as Washington won all five. He is 2-0 with a 3.38 ERA in five games (three starts) in his career versus the Phillies.

Scherzer is 1-2 with a 4.50 ERA since returning from the injured list Aug. 22 after missing nearly a month with a strained back.

Last time out, he was charged with five runs on seven hits over 6 2/3 innings of a 5-1 loss in St. Louis on Wednesday, but he deserved a better fate. He allowed two run over the first six innings, but left fielder Juan Soto lost a seventh-inning fly ball in the sun, and it fell for a double. St. Louis ultimately added three more runs, two on a homer by former Nationals catcher Matt Wieters.

Scherzer struck out 11 Cardinals.

"It comes down to the little stuff," Scherzer said after the game. "It doesn't matter how good the big stuff is. Everybody can execute the big stuff at this point. It comes down to the fine details, and that's what kind of did me in."

Scherzer is 10-3 with a 2.45 ERA in 19 starts against Philadelphia.

Nola hasn't won since Aug. 20. His last time out, he gave up five runs on nine hits -- including two homers -- in five innings of a 5-4 loss to the Braves in Atlanta on Thursday.

"I'm not going out there to try to lose," Nola said. "I'm going out there and trying to compete. You know, I'm leaving balls over the plate and guys are taking good swings on it."

Nola is 4-5 with a 4.02 ERA over 18 all-time starts vs. Washington. He has allowed 12 runs (11 earned) in 15 1/3 innings against the Nationals this season.

The Nationals had some good swings early in Monday night's game as Adam Eaton, Yan Gomes and Trea Turner hit solo homers, one in each of the first three innings, against losing pitcher Zach Eflin.

Anthony Rendon drove in his 121st and 122nd runs of the season.

Patrick Corbin turned in six one-run innings for Washington.

--Field Level Media

Updated September 24, 2019

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