Instant Replay: Phillies 3, Nationals 2


Instant Replay: Phillies 3, Nationals 2


The Phillies won for the third time on this must-win homestand when they beat the Washington Nationals, 3-2, on Monday night.

John Lannan pitched a gem against his former team.

The Phillies, trying to dissuade management from trading away veteran talent later this month, are 3-1 on this important 10-game homestand and they have won five of their last seven. They are 44-46 overall.

Starting pitching report
Lannan (2-3) pitched eight shutout innings and allowed four hits. He walked two and struck out four. It was his best start as a Phillie.

This had to have been one of the more satisfying wins of Lannan’s career. He was drafted by the Nationals in 2005 and came to the majors with them in 2007. He was twice an opening day starter for the club before being banished to the minors in 2012 and becoming a free agent after the season.

Lannan has pitched 13 innings against the Nats this season and allowed just two runs.

Washington right-hander Dan Haren allowed 10 base runners but just two runs over five innings.

Haren has made seven career starts against the Phillies. His teams are 0-7 in those games.

Bullpen report
Jonathan Papelbon made it interesting in the ninth inning. He entered the game with a 3-0 lead and allowed two runs as the Nats made it a one-run game. Papelbon ended up with his 19th save, but it was hardly impressive.

At the plate
The Phillies were 2 for 11 with runners in scoring position and left 10 men on base. They were able to push across two runs in the first inning on an RBI single by Domonic Brown and a bases-loaded walk by Darin Ruf. Ben Revere had a two-out double in the sixth and scored on a hit by Jimmy Rollins.

Revere went 3 for 5 and is hitting .300 on the season.

Health news
Ryan Howard is headed for surgery and will be out six to eight weeks (see story).

Up next
The series continues Tuesday night with right-hander Taylor Jordan (0-1, 2.70) opposing lefty Cole Hamels (3-11, 4.38).

Tonight's lineup: Nick Williams, J.P. Crawford sit vs. lefty


Tonight's lineup: Nick Williams, J.P. Crawford sit vs. lefty

With the Phillies facing lefty Alex Wood tonight, Tommy Joseph gets a rare start at first base.

It's Joseph's third start in the Phillies' last 12 games. He's become a forgotten man with the Phils' outfield fully healthy and Rhys Hoskins thriving at first base.

Pete Mackanin is using the matchup with a southpaw as a reason to get Joseph in the mix. Joseph has actually been dreadful this season against lefties, hitting just .197/.272/.410 in 135 plate appearances.

J.P. Crawford and Nick Williams have the night off.

Andrew Knapp is behind the plate to catch his second game since returning from a six-week DL stint.

1. Cesar Hernandez, 2B
2. Freddy Galvis, SS
3. Odubel Herrera, CF
4. Rhys Hoskins, LF
5. Aaron Altherr, RF
6. Maikel Franco, 3B
7. Tommy Joseph, 1B
8. Andrew Knapp, C
9. Jake Thompson, P

Phillies-Dodgers thoughts: Rhys Hoskins refuses to go into a slump

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Phillies-Dodgers thoughts: Rhys Hoskins refuses to go into a slump

Phillies (60-91) vs. Dodgers (96-55)
7:05 p.m. on CSN; streaming live on and the NBC Sports App

Well, this series hasn't gone as planned.

Despite facing Clayton Kershaw and Yu Darvish, the Phillies have beaten the Dodgers on back-to-back nights to force at least a split. 

For L.A., it continues a miserable four-week stretch. The Dodgers were 91-36 on Aug. 25 and have gone 4-19 since.

The Phillies, meanwhile, are 31-33 since the All-Star break and 17-14 since Aug. 6.

More on tonight's game and the series in general:

• Last night was yet another fantastic game for Rhys Hoskins, who hit the game-deciding three-run double, drove in four runs in all and reached base three times. 

It appeared Hoskins was going into a slump after he went 0 for 11 with six strikeouts against the Athletics this past weekend, but he's responded by reaching base in five of seven plate appearances against the Dodgers. 

Through 39 games, Hoskins has hit .299/.428/.739 with five doubles, 18 homers and 43 RBIs. He has 29 walks and 33 strikeouts.

Odubel Herrera hit his 40th double of the season last night, becoming the first Phillie since Jayson Werth in 2010 to reach 40. 

The Phils had just one player hit 40 doubles in 2008 (Chase Utley), 2009 (Jimmy Rollins) and 2010 (Werth) and then none from 2011-16.

• Another scoreless inning last night from Luis Garcia, who's allowed one run in his last 18 appearances and has a 2.43 ERA in 61 games.

Nick Williams picked up his 11th infield single of the season last night. That kind of speed will allow him to maintain a higher batting average on balls in play than most players (see story).

• The Phillies face left-hander Alex Wood, who's had a career year. Wood is 15-3 with a 2.69 ERA in 140⅓ innings this season, with 144 strikeouts, 37 walks and just 13 home runs allowed. 

Lefties and righties alike have struggled against Wood, but he's been much more hittable since the All-Star break. Wood had a 1.56 ERA in the first half and has a 4.07 ERA since.

In his last start, Wood shut out the Nationals over six innings with eight strikeouts. In his previous three starts, he allowed 12 runs and six homers in 17 innings.

• Two Phillies, in particular, have seen Wood well: Freddy Galvis is 7 for 13 with a double; Cesar Hernandez is 5 for 11 with a double and three walks. 

Jake Thompson starts for the Phillies. He's 2-2 with a 4.46 ERA in nine games (six starts). He put 10 Marlins on base in 5⅓ innings in his last start but didn't allow a run.

• The Phillies would need to go 2-9 or worse the rest of the way to reach 100 losses. If the season ended today they'd pick second in the 2018 draft. The Giants are 1½ games worse.