Bryce Harper homered for the second time in a week against his former team and the Phillies spotted Aaron Nola a four-run lead, but things fell apart late in a 10-6 loss Tuesday night. A prominent three-run home run over the foul pole in right field in the 10th inning off left-hander Jose Alvarez, Juan Soto delivered the game-winning blow for the Nationals, indeed!
Earlier in the night, a solo shot from Maikel Franco and a two-run triple by Jean Segura, all off Stephen Strasburg, the Phillies successfully built a 6-2 lead on a three-run homer from Harper.
It was the second home run against his former team in the last seven days, by Harper which capped off a high-stress third inning for Strasburg, who had been cruised through the first two. As such, he lasted just for four innings.
Phillies manager Gabe Kapler turned to Edubray Ramos in the ninth inning to preserve a one-run lead in the absence of PatNeshek and David Robertson, after appearing three times each in the last four days. When Victor Robles tied the game with a solo shot, Ramos came within one strike of recording his second career saves.
The series win of Wednesday night benchmarked Phillies with 7-3.
Early offense, another early send-off
That was his night, as Strasburg threw just twenty pitches through two innings but needed 63 to complete the third and fourth.
Franco hit his fourth home run of the season alongside Harper matched him four batters later with another in the third.
Segura hit a two-run triple to put the Phillies on the top with four runs, just an inning later.
Before Tuesday night, Strasburg allowed multiple home runs to the Phillies just once in his last 21 starts. Capable of frustrating young pitchers and established All-Stars alike, this is, of course, a much different team.
Nola strong until the seventh
There were some questions about Nola coming into this start after a five-walk season debut and a three-homer follow-up.
Allowing a first-inning run but maxing out at 95.7 mph after recording a top speed of 94.0 mph in his most recent start outperforming his lowest max speed in 34 starts, he was sharp,.
As such, Nola allowed single runs in the first and sixth innings, before a stony seventh.
By: Preeti Narula
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