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Philadelphia0 0 0 1 0 0 1 0 0 281
Washington0 0 0 1 0 0 2 2 x 581
  W: A. Sánchez (11-8)   L: M. Morin (1-3)   S: S. Doolittle (29)
4:05 PM PT5:05 PM MT6:05 PM CT7:05 PM ET19:05 ET23:05 GMT7:05 4:05 PM MST6:05 PM EST6:35 PM VEN3:05 UAE (+1)6:05 PM CT, September 25, 2019
Nationals Park, Washington, District of Columbia  Attendance: 22,091

Nationals in playoffs, looking for more against Phillies

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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 clinched a berth in the National League wild-card game on Tuesday night and will spend the next few days working to ensure that game is played at Nationals Park.

The Nationals' doubleheader sweep of the Phillies combined with the Chicago Cubs' loss to the Pittsburgh Pirates ensured the Nationals return to the playoffs after a one-year absence. Washington (88-69) holds a one-game lead over the streaking Milwaukee Brewers (87-70) for the top wild-card spot.

Washington has two more games against the Phillies before ending the regular season with three games against the visiting Cleveland Indians.

After a 19-31 start, the Nationals turned their season around and could finish the season with over 90 wins and host the wild-card game.

"It's so special," veteran right-hander Stephen Strasburg told "It's just a testament to the guys that we have in this clubhouse. We never stopped believing. It was a long, hard journey to get to this point, but the journey is not done. We are going to keep plugging away, keep leaving it all out there on the field."

The journey continues as right-hander Anibal Sanchez (10-8, 3.91 ERA) opposes Philadelphia's Drew Smyly (4-7, 6.44) Wednesday night in the fourth game of a five-game series.

Sanchez has a 2.37 ERA over his past three starts. Last time out he allowed three earned runs in five innings as Washington defeated Miami 6-4.

In four starts versus the Phillies this season, Sanchez is 0-2 with a 4.43 ERA. He's 5-11 with a 4.49 ERA in 24 career starts against them.

Smyly opened September with a pair of strong efforts but has struggled in his last two. He allowed four runs on five hits and three walks in two-plus innings against the Indians last Friday.

"I just had much higher expectations for myself," Smyly told "It stinks that this late in the season, I just didn't bring it."

Smyly, who has a 5.82 ERA in nine starts since the beginning of August, has yet to face the Nationals this season and has only made one brief relief appearance against them in his career.

After dropping the opener of Tuesday's doubleheader 4-1, the Phillies looked like they might postpone Washington's party by taking leads of 3-0 and 4-1 in the nightcap. However, the Nationals cut lead to 4-2 in the fourth and went ahead on Trea Turner's grand slam in the sixth.

Bryce Harper's homer off of Hunter Strickland pulled the Phillies within 6-5 but Washington held on and minutes after Daniel Hudson closed it out, the Nationals watched the Pirates close out the Cubs to put the Nationals in the playoffs.

"These guys deserve everything they got so far," manager Dave Martinez told reporters. "They played their butts off all year long, and now we're going to the postseason."

Turner had three hits in the opening game and five Washington relievers contributed scoreless innings as the Nationals eliminated the Phillies from postseason contention.

"It's disappointing," Phillies first baseman Rhys Hoskins told the Philadelphia Enquirer. "You set out at the beginning of the year, the beginning of the offseason, spring training, whatever it may be with the goal in mind, right? Obviously, we've come up short this year."

--Field Level Media

Updated September 25, 2019

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