Click here to watch Nats win #5 on MASN via MLB.TV at 6:30 pm tonight with the rest of us. Just a quick reminder of what we are doing if this is your first time: As a group, we are going to be re-watching all 105 wins from the Nats 2019 season in chronological order at 6:30 pm each night. We will all try to sync up to the same point in the game, and this is a work in progress to maneuver to the same point in the game. Feel free to ask in the comments section where everyone is in the game so you can sync up. Last night, many people joined in at different points, and we all got to enjoy it.
The MLB.TV library is unlocked and free to everyone for the 2018-2019 season courtesy of MLB. This win #5 is another heavyweight fight on the marquee between Stephen Strasburg and Aaron Nola.
This is the 10th game of this young season and another series between the Nationals and Phillies, and they have showed how evenly matched these teams are. But the Nationals are playing without one of their stars, Trea Turner, and a bullpen that is trying to find their way. The Phillies have everyone healthy and it showed although as we know they would soon get hit by the injury bug. The opening game to that series did not have a playoff feel as the Phillies did not have a big crowd on-hand on that perfect night for baseball as it was unseasonably warm and no precipitation.
In the previous week before this game, the Nats really took it to Nola. The Nats scored 6-runs in just 3 innings off of the Phillies ace and sent him to the showers early. Strasburg was coming off of the best start of the Nats young season as he threw a 6 2/3 inning shutout against the Mets.
Much of the Nationals bullpen got rest last night except for Wander Suero, Justin Miller, Kyle Barraclough and Tony Sipp. While “Everyday” Matt Grace warmed up along with Sean Doolittle, neither reliever made it into the game.
One of the promising signs in game before this one was Brian Dozier‘s home run. He squared up a pitch from Pat Neshek and sent it over the wall in deep centerfield.
In other news on that day, there was news on the MASN lawsuits, there was this article in the Hollywood Reporter claiming MASN withholding payments to the Nationals dating back to last year. This was quite the read:
Wow, a new wrinkle in the MASN dispute—and now the Nats apparently are getting no TV money at all (previously they were getting like 40-45 million but not what the MLB committee had ruled they should have been getting https://t.co/VWEdVc5rgo
— Eric Fingerhut (@ericfingerhut) April 9, 2019
Washington Nationals vs. Philadelphia Phillies
Stadium: Citizens Bank Ballpark, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
- Adam Eaton RF
- Brian Dozier 2B
- Anthony Rendon 3B
- Juan Soto LF
- Ryan Zimmerman 1B
- Yan Gomes C
- Wilmer Difo SS
- Stephen Strasburg RHP
- Victor Robles CF