Phillies Go To Washington

By: Matthew Mack

The Phillies played a three game series against the Washington Nationals. After a crazy weekend in Atlanta, the Phillies needed to get something going.

Theyy finally put together wins and even maintained a lead. It was the second
game that got a bit dicey. The Phils were down 2-1 in the top of the 9th when Odúbel Herrera
launched a solo homer to tie the game. The bullpen also did their job by shutting down Washington
in the bottom half, sending the game to extra innings once again. This time, the Phils scored three runs to go up 5-2. Hector Neris did good job by slamming the door on the Nationals and picking up the save.

In the matinee rubber match, Zach Eflin gave up four runs in the first inning but later settled
down striking out nine. However, the damage was done. Even though the Phils took an early 1-0
lead in the first, Nationals did them one better. Elfin pitched six innings, giving five runs on
seven hits. Two of which were home runs. The bullpen did their job by not allowing any more

The Phillies most importantly won the series. That was job number one. A good
performance was needed to continue to build the momentum.  As they get ready to travel to Buffalo to play the Toronto Blue Jays for the weekend. The bullpen has performed better since getting destroyed by Atlanta. The bats have come  throughin the clutch, and starting pitching needs to be tightened a bit more moving forward. The name of this game: Win the series! Winning on the road is no easy task and they know it. The Phils need this series in order to call this trip a
success. Just keep playing Phillies baseball!!!

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