Instant Replay: Nationals 3, Phillies 2 (10 innings)

Instant Replay: Nationals 3, Phillies 2 (10 innings)


WASHINGTON -- The Washington Nationals rallied for a run against Jeanmar Gomez in the bottom of the 10th inning and beat the Phillies, 3-2, on Friday.

Daniel Murphy doubled home the game-winning run after Bryce Harper led off the frame with a single.

Gomez, who lost the Phillies' closer job last week, found himself in a tie game in the bottom of the ninth after manager Pete Mackanin had already used relievers Pat Neshek, Edubray Ramos and Hector Neris.

Gomez got through the ninth, but did not get an out in the 10th.

The beleaguered right-hander has pitched 5 1/3 innings this season and given up seven runs.

Starting pitching report
Aaron Nola gave up six hits and a run over five innings. He struck out six. Though he did not walk a batter, he worked a lot of deep counts and his final pitch count was 90.

Nola has pitched 11 innings in his first two starts and allowed 13 hits and four runs. He has walked two and struck out 13.

Washington's Stephen Strasburg gave up just five hits and two runs in seven innings. He walked two and struck out eight.

Bullpen report
Ramos issued a one-out walk in the seventh and gave up a two-out double as the Nats tied the game at 2-2.

At the plate
Tommy Joseph belted his first homer of the season with two outs in the second inning. He hit a 95-mph fastball from Strasburg over the center-field wall.

The Phillies took a 2-1 lead on a two-out single by Cesar Hernandez in the fifth. He drove home Cameron Rupp, who had led off the inning with a double.

Washington tied the game at 1-1 in the bottom of the second on a base hit by Matt Wieters. The Nats had three hits against Nola in the inning. The Nats tied it again in the bottom of the seventh as pinch-hitter Chris Heisey walked and scored on a two-out double by Anthony Rendon.

In the field
Third baseman Maikel Franco laid out to take away extra bases from Rendon for the final out of the ninth inning.

Rotation ruminations
Off days in the schedule would allow the Phillies to get through the next week with four starting pitchers. However, Mackanin indicated that probably would not happen. That means the Phils would have to add a starting pitcher for Tuesday night's game against the Mets in New York. Right-hander Zach Eflin, who would be on turn that day, is the best bet to make the start.

Minor-league pitching prospect Elniery Garcia, 22, was suspended 80 games for testing positive for a performance-enhancing drug (see story). Garcia, a promising lefty, had a 2.68 ERA in 117 2/3 innings at Clearwater last season and was placed on the 40-man roster in the fall. He had most recently been in Clearwater rehabbing an injury.

Up next
Jeremy Hellickson (1-0, 0.90) faces right-hander Tanner Roark (2-0, 4.09) on Saturday afternoon.

Phillies outfield prospect Carlos Tocci promoted to Triple A


Phillies outfield prospect Carlos Tocci promoted to Triple A

Phillies outfield prospect Carlos Tocci, who it seems like has been in the organization forever, was promoted Thursday from Double A Reading to Triple A Lehigh Valley.

Tocci, who turns 22 on Aug. 23, has been in the Phillies' organization since he was 16 years old. He's taken some pretty big steps forward offensively the last three seasons as he's gained muscle and experience, and this season he's hit a career-best .307/.362/.398 in 474 plate appearances.

Recent promotions to the majors of Rhys Hoskins, Nick Williams and Cameron Perkins have created openings in the Lehigh Valley lineup. Tocci will likely play center field, where he's committed just one error in 801⅓ innings this season.

Tocci will likely be added to the Phillies' 40-man roster this winter to prevent another team from plucking him away in December's Rule 5 draft. The Phils may have to make a decision between Tocci and oft-injured Roman Quinn (see story), though there are several other replaceable players on the 40.

Phillies-Giants 5 things: Aaron Nola on track to make some more history


Phillies-Giants 5 things: Aaron Nola on track to make some more history

Phillies (43-75) at Giants (48-74)
10:15 p.m. on CSN; streaming live on and the NBC Sports App

After a rather pathetic series in San Diego, the Phillies move on to San Francisco for their final non-NL East road series of the season.

The Giants have had an unbelievably disappointing season, getting very little from key pitchers like Johnny Cueto, Matt Moore and Mark Melancon and key hitters like Brandon Crawford and Hunter Pence.

On most nights, the Giants struggle to score. This is shaping up to be another one of them.

1. Nola night
Aaron Nola's starts have become must-watches over the last two months. He's on a historic run of 10 straight starts with at least six innings pitched and two or fewer runs. 

It's the longest streak in Phillies history, and it's a longer streak than the following pitchers have ever had: Pedro Martinez, Randy Johnson, Curt Schilling, Sandy Koufax, John Smoltz, Tom Glavine, Warren Spahn, Nolan Ryan, Roy Halladay, Cliff Lee, Max Scherzer, and countless others.

This is a great matchup for Nola. On top of the Giants' offensive futility, AT&T Park is just an extremely difficult place to hit home runs. There have been just 82 homers hit there this season, which is 23 fewer than any other park and 70 fewer than the league average.

Nola (9-7, 3.02) has faced the Giants only once, last June when he was in the midst of a rough summer. Buster Posey, Denard Span, Crawford and Jarrett Parker went a combined 5 for 9 off of him, but Nola is a much different pitcher these days.

2. Outfield help wanted
The Phillies are in a precarious position heading into San Francisco. They don't know whether Odubel Herrera (hamstring) will be available to start this weekend, and Aaron Altherr remains on the DL with a hamstring injury of his own.

AT&T Park is the most difficult outfield to defend in all of baseball. It's 404 feet to left-center field and 421 feet to right-center. A centerfielder must have above-average range to succeed there.

In right field, there's the high brick wall that a rightfielder must learn. If a ball hits high off the wall and caroms past the rightfielder, it's an inside-the-park home run waiting to happen.

The Phillies cannot expect to play Rhys Hoskins in left field and Hyun Soo Kim in right field and get away with it in this series. Look for them to help Nola out tonight by putting a more experienced outfielder like Cameron Perkins in one of the corners, even though his bat is a liability.

3. Shark attack
The Phillies tonight face 6-foot-5 veteran right-hander Jeff Samardzija, who's having an interesting season. Samardzija is 7-12 with a 4.74 ERA, but he also has 160 strikeouts and just 23 walks in 155⅔ innings. Roy Halladay had only one season with a better K/BB ratio.

The issue usually with Samardzija is that he throws a lot of hittable pitches early in counts because he hates falling behind hitters. Two seasons ago, he allowed the most hits, earned runs and home runs in the league. And yet he's still regarded as a very good pitcher because on a pitch-by-pitch basis, he can be tough to solve.

Samardzija, like pretty much any pitcher who goes to San Fran, has been much better at home than on the road. He has a 4.35 ERA at AT&T Park and has allowed 0.79 home runs per nine innings. On the road, he has a 5.05 ERA and has allowed 1.65 home runs per nine.

Samardzija has faced the Phillies 10 times in his career but his numbers (26 runs in 27 innings) are immaterial because no current Phillie has ever faced him.

Samardzija has six different pitches: sinker, slider, four-seam fastball, curveball, cutter and splitter. His sinker and fastball average about 95 mph. A right-handed hitter rarely knows what's coming on the first pitch — Samardzija has thrown four different pitches at least 17 percent of the time on the first pitch.

4. Nothing from the corners
Any major-league team needs offense from first base and third base. That has been true as long as this game has been around. They're both premium offensive positions where you typically see a power hitter.

The Phillies have gotten so little this season, especially lately, from their corner infielders. Maikel Franco is hitting .223 and his .276 on-base percentage and is 70th out of 71 National League players. (Only Brandon Crawford is worse.)

In August, Franco has hit .186 with one home run and zero walks. Franco has 17 home runs, but it seems like everyone in the majors has 17 home runs this season. There are 89 players with more home runs than Franco this year, so the 17 homers are little solace.

Tommy Joseph is hitting .102 in 49 at-bats since Aug. 2. Combined, the two of them have two home runs in their last 190 plate appearances.

5. This and that
• I dug up a depressing stat Wednesday on the Phillies' struggles this season against bad starting pitchers. Clayton Richard, Brandon Finnegan, Martin Perez, Tyler Chatwood, Tyler Anderson, J.C. Ramirez, Edinson Volquez, Adam Conley, Tim Adleman, Patrick Corbin and Ricky Nolasco have a 0.93 ERA vs. the Phils this season. They have a collective 5.22 ERA against the rest of baseball.

• The Giants' disastrous season hasn't affected Posey, who is having another dynamic season, hitting .316/.406/.473 with his typically elite defense.

• The Phillies' 6-20 record against the NL West is the worst record by any major-league team against any division this season.

• After sending Nick Pivetta to Triple A after his start Wednesday, the Phillies called up shortstop Pedro Florimon. Florimon, 30, will be available off the Phillies' bench tonight.