MLB Baseball

Final 1 2 3   4 5 6   7 8 9   R H E
Philadelphia0 0 0 1 0 0 0 2 0 370
Washington1 1 0 0 3 0 1 0 x 690
  W: S. Strasburg (18-6)   L: J. Vargas (7-9)   S: D. Hudson (6)
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)3:05 PM CT, September 26, 2019
Nationals Park, Washington, District of Columbia  Attendance: 22,253

Strasburg tries to end strong season on high note

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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
(AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee)

Washington Nationals right-hander Stephen Strasburg looks to continue his career-long success against the Philadelphia Phillies when the teams conclude their five-game series on Thursday.

The Nationals beat the Phillies 5-2 on Wednesday and will go for the rare five-game sweep.

Washington (89-69) leads the National League wild-card race by one game over the Milwaukee Brewers, and is five games clear of the New York Mets for either of the two wild-card spots.

Strasburg (17-6, 3.37 ERA) is 13-2 with a 2.62 ERA in 26 career starts against the Phillies (79-79). He's struck out 197 batters and walked 35 in 164 2/3 innings.

This year he's 1-0 but has a 5.40 ERA in two starts versus Philadelphia.

Strasburg has set a career high in wins, and over his last seven starts, he's allowed just nine earned runs in 45 innings (1.80 ERA).

In his last start, he threw seven shutout innings in a no-decision against the Marlins. He's crossed the 200-inning mark for the first time since 2014 and is one shy of his career-high of 242 strikeouts, accomplished in 2014.

"I think he's matured as a pitcher. I think he understands that throwing 96, 97 (miles per hour), you know it's great, but he understands how to pitch. He uses all his pitches effectively, which has helped him," manager Dave Martinez told reporters Wednesday. "He's a beast. ... He's had a tremendous year and he's one of the reasons why we're playing in the postseason."

Left-hander Jason Vargas (7-8, 4.40) makes his 11th start for Philadelphia. Last time out he picked up his first win since being acquired from the Mets at the trade deadline, allowing two earned runs on five hits over 6 2/3 innings against the Indians on Friday. Vargas struck out eight and walked two as the Phillies rallied from an early deficit.

"It's nice to be able to stay competitive and keep us in the position to get back in the game," Vargas told

Vargas is 1-3 with a 1.32 ERA in seven career appearances -- four starts -- against the Nationals. He has not faced them this season.

Wednesday night, the Nationals started slowly following a night of celebrating their return to the playoffs, but Anibal Sanchez kept the game close with seven solid innings, and Wilmer Difo singled home the go-ahead run in the seventh inning.

Howie Kendrick and Brian Dozier homered for the Nationals.

Martinez rested shortstop Trea Turner and third baseman Anthony Rendon, but Difo and Dozier came through. Regulars Juan Soto, Victor Robles, Adam Eaton and Yan Gomes were among those in the lineup.

"I still want to play these games to win," Martinez said before the game. "But we got to be smart about giving guys some days off. Today is no Anthony, no Trea. Both deserve days off, obviously. We'll see how it goes, and hopefully get Juan a couple of days off in the near future."

Brad Miller hit his third homer in two nights for the Phillies and Bryce Harper had three hits in the Phillies' doubleheader defeats.

Harper wasn't happy with the level of vitriol sent his way in right field by the Nationals Park fans late in the game.

"They were fine all game, talking about myself and things like that. I get it everywhere I go. That's nothing new," he said. "But the last two innings, it's just not right. It's not right."

Harper declined to reveal what was said but added he looks forward to playing in Philadelphia for the next 12 years.

--Field Level Media

Updated September 26, 2019

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