Nationals hope momentum against Phillies continues

washington nationals 15 games below .500, but trending in the right direction

After winning two out of three against both the San Diego Padres and the Seattle Mariners, they returned to the East Coast and defeated the hosts. Philadelphia Phillies 2-1 on Friday

citizens Will be looking to win their fourth game in a row – and third series in a row – when they meet Phillies Saturday afternoon again in Philadelphia

Stone Garrett hits a two-run homer and has two hits citizens on Friday. Dominique Smith contributed three hits, and Lane Thomas added two hits and a walk.

“They go hard for 27 outs,” citizens Manager Dave Martinez said of his players

After Washington right-hander Josiah Gray allowed one run in six innings, Mason Thompson, Kyle Finnegan and Hunter Harvey held Philadelphia scoreless over the last three innings. Harvey tossed a 1-2-3 ninth, making his seventh save in 12 chances.

citizens Will hand the ball off to Mackenzie Gore (4-6, 3.89 ERA) on Saturday. In Gore’s latest start, against the Padres on Sunday, the left-hander allowed five hits and one run while striking out nine in the 8-3 victory.

After the outing, Gore said, “He was fun. He’s good.” “I think everything was working a little bit. The fastball, obviously, was good. But I threw some sliders in there with strikeouts. So pretty solid.”

Is 0-1 with 1.93 ERA in three career games (two starts) against Gore Phillies, He lost to Philadelphia on June 3 after allowing three runs in six innings.

citizens On Friday, Triple-A Rochester left-handed pitcher Jose A. Ferrer was promoted and left-hander Patrick Corbin was placed on the bereavement list.

“Very excited, very excited,” the 23-year-old Ferrer said about reaching the major championships for the first time. “It’s a dream come true. Something you’ve been dreaming of since childhood.”

Phillies Right-hander Jack Wheeler (6-4, 3.86 ERA) will attempt to tie the series with the lead

Wheeler struggled in his latest start as he allowed nine hits and five runs over 5 1/3 innings in a no-decision against the New York Mets on Sunday.

in his career against citizens, Wheeler is 10–14 with a 4.59 ERA in 29 starts. On June 2, he escaped with a no-decision after giving up seven runs on eight hits in 3 2/3 innings at Washington.

in their one run defeat on Friday Phillies Went 1 for 8 with runners in scoring position and left seven on base, a continuing struggle for the offense this season

“We’re not done yet,” Phillies manager Rob Thomson said. “We had opportunities. These are the things we have to do. We have to clean it up.”

Phillies There were definitely possibilities. Alec Bohm, Bryson Stott and Bryce Harper each had two hits – but only one of the team’s eight hits (a Bohm double) went for extra bases.

Harper saw his career-worst power drought continue, as he had not hit a home run since May 25. He only has three homers this season.

To be fair, Harper returned early from Tommy John surgery, only 160 days after undergoing the procedure in November.

Thomson said, “I think he’s trying to do too much.” “I’m hoping at some point now he keeps it going. He’ll find his stroke. He’ll find his launch angle. He’ll start hitting like Bryce Harper.”

Treya Turner successfully swiped another base and is 18-for-18 in stolen bases during his first season with Philadelphia.

“Lately he has become more aggressive,” Thomson said. “He’s getting on base more and starting to drive and generate energy.”

Despite the loss, Phillies Finished June with an 18-8 mark and put themselves back in the playoff race

–Field Level Media