Sep 27, 2015, 11:57 AM EDT
The Nationals have been eliminated from playoff contention, but they still have eight games to play. On Sunday they finish off their series with the Philadelphia Phillies with Gio Gonzalez (11-8, 3.94) and Aaron Harang (6-15, 4.93) set to pitch.
Gio will look to recover from a rough outing against the Orioles on Sept. 22. He gave up four earned runs on six hits and two walks in 4 2/3 innings pitched. Gonzalez saw the Phillies two starts ago and struck out 12 with two runs allowed in seven innings.
Harang was good in his last start when he went seven innings of two-run ball against the Marlins. He last faced the Nats on June 26. He took the loss after giving up five runs, four of them earned, in six innings.
Updates to come…
PHILADELPHIA PHILLIES at WASHINGTON NATIONALS
Where: Nationals Park
Gametime: 1:35 p.m. EDT
TV: MASN2, MLB.tv
Radio: 106.7 FM, 1500 AM, XM 183/860
Weather: Cloudy, 74 degrees, Wind 11 mph out to CF
CF Michael Taylor
2B Anthony Rendon
CF Bryce Harper
3B Yunel Escobar
1B Clint Robinson
SS Ian Desmond
LF Matt den Dekker
C Jose Lobaton
LHP Gio Gonzalez
SS Freddy Galvis
2B Andres Blanco
CF Aaron Altherr
LF Darin Ruf
RF Jeff Francoeur
1B Erik Kratz
3B Cody Asche
C Cameron Rupp
RHP Aaron Harang
HP Bill Welke
1B John Hirschbeck (cc)
2B John Tumpane
3B James Hoye
1:37 p.m. — Galvis lines out to second base and we are underway at Nationals Park…
1:54 p.m. — It’s 0-0 after one as the Phillies went down in order and the Nats couldn’t make anything of a one-out walk by Rendon. Harper followed Rendon’s walk by grounding into a double play.
2:08 p.m. — This game is scoreless no more. The Nats had back-to-back homers from Desmond and den Dekker, two of the longest hit home runs any Nationals players have hit this season. Desmond’s smacked off the facade of the second deck in right field. den Dekker’s bounced off the back wall of the groundskeepers area in straight away center. It’s 2-0 Nats.
2:21 p.m. — The Nats still lead 2-0 after three. Gio set the Phillies down 1-2-3. Gio led off with a single, but never advanced. Taylor and Rendon struck out looking. Harper then flew out to center field to send us to the fourth.
2:37 p.m. — It’s still 2-0, though the Nats had a good chance to add more in the fourth. Desmond reached on an infield single with two outs and moved to third on a den Dekker single. But Lobaton grounded out to second base for the third out. The fifth is up next with Gio going back out there having thrown 54 pitches.
2:53 p.m. — The Phillies nearly got on the board in the fifth after Francoeur led off with a single. He moved to second on a single by Kratz and to third on a flyout by Asche. But Rupp grounded into a double play to end the threat. It’s still 2-0 with the sixth inning up next.
3:17 p.m. — This game is tied. The Phillies loaded the bases with three singles by Harang, Galvis and Blanco with no outs. Gio then walked Altherr and Ruf to score two runs. That was it for Gonzalez, as Matt Williams then went to Rafael Martin and Matt Grace to get out of the jam. It’s 2-2 with the seventh up next.
3:45 p.m. — The Nats added two more runs to take a 4-2 lead in the seventh. Desmond scored the first one on a double by Lobaton. Desmond had reached to lead off with an infield single. den Dekker scored the second run on a pinch-hit sacrifice fly by Dan Uggla. Casey Janssen will now take over to pitch the eighth.
4:19 p.m. — Complete disaster. Jonathan Papelbon and Harper got in a fight in the dugout, then Papelbon came out and allowed a two-run homer to Blanco, a potential go-ahead shot. It’s 6-4 Phillies as the Nats disastrous season takes another unbelievable turn.
4:40 p.m. — This one is finally over. Nats lose 12-4. Should be an interesting postgame.
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