The highlight of this game was Bryce Harper’s presence in the line-up which seemed like a present to Nats fans. Bryce had been on the disabled list for 45 days, and he will need more than tonight and 5 innings of work to be ready for the NLDS.
Unfortunately for Gio Gonzalez, he did not look good tonight, but he did limit the damage which could have been one run instead of three if Michael Taylor didn’t misread a ball in centerfield that scored runs two and three off of Gio. The game ended 4-to-1 and the Nats just felt flat. Gio walked 5 batters over his 5 innings to go with 5 hits and an average of 21.8 pitches per inning which is not good.
On offense, the Nationals only managed four hits in the game. Credit to the Phillies who robbed a few hits from the Nats. The Nationals big blow was a blast from Howie Kendrick for the lone Nats run.
Onward and forward to the final road game tomorrow in the regular season.