Few Nationals fans can forget how the 2019 season series with the Phillies began on April 2nd as their rivals and their fans won the first game of the 19 games they would face each other, and the Phillies faithful were gloating like they won the World Series. There were taunts from the Broad Street Bullies of “We Got Harper” and yes, there were fights in the stands on that evening. Fast forward 17 games, the Nats are now up 13-5 in games this season against the Phillies. Their last game against the Phillies will be tomorrow afternoon.
The Nationals were not playing their full “A” team tonight as team decided to rest Trea Turner and Anthony Rendon in the same game, and the Nats number four pitcher, Anibal Sanchez, was on the mound — and it did not matter as the Nats won this game by a final score of 5-2. Sanchez went 7.0 full innings giving up 2-runs and Wander Suero, Hunter Strickland, and Sean Doolittle closed out the win.
For the Nats offense, they got home runs from Howie Kendrick and Brian Dozier along with a Wilmer Difo RISP single and sacrifice flies from Juan Soto and Victor Robles. The Nats had eight hits in the game, and Kendrick and Difo had two hits each.
The Nationals went to 20 games above .500 with this win and reached 89 wins which was the Vegas mark for projected wins in the season.