Final: Phillies 5, Nationals 3
The Phillies bullpen stepped up on Friday afternoon, preserving a lead created by some early offensive output against the Washington Nationals.
Connor Brogdon, Seranthony Domínguez and Brad Hand combined for 3 1/3 scoreless innings to close out the first end of a doubleheader, 5-3, at Nationals Park.
Philadelphia went up 2-0 to start the game as Nick Castellanos drove in two with a first-inning double, adding two more in the top of the third on an RBI groundout from Odúbel Herrera and run-scoring double by Alec Bohm. Bohm scored another run in the sixth inning on a Washington error.
Phillies starter Ranger Suárez allowed just one run through the first five innings, surrendering third-inning RBI double to Lane Thomas. But he ran into trouble in the sixth as Josh Bell launched a two-run home run to bring the Nats within two.
Brogdon entered with two outs in the sixth to limit the damage, throwing a scoreless seventh as well. Domínguez fired a perfect eighth inning and struck out two batters on the way.
Hand, a veteran with plenty of closing experience, took the ball in the ninth inning. He worked around a leadoff single and a walk to complete the save.
Shibe Vintage Sports Starting Pitching Performance
- Suárez cruised for most of his outing, but a sixth-inning homer and frustrations with the strike zone finished his day on a low note. The left-hander allowed three earned runs in 5 2/3 innings on six hits while walking three and striking out five.
- The Phillies offense was aggressive against Nats starter Joan Adon, putting four runs on the board in the first three innings. The right-hander settled in a bit after that, going two more innings without allowing another run.
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