Noah Syndergaard departures are a thing to watch these days. Some people, I think, still believe he’s the Syndergaard of old, melting the outside corners with 99+ heat, but he’s not that pitcher anymore. Its beginnings are nail biting, a time when you watch a lot of it while performing all the nervous things you do in your own home.
Fortunately, the Nationals were starting Patrick Corbin.
The first two innings for both pitchers were somewhat unremarkable. The Nationals struck out a few hits in the second inning, but Syndergaard ended that pretty easily. The Phillies seemed to have a personal bet between them not to let Corbin throw 70 pitches throughout his start, swinging early and often. The balls they hit were smoky, but it took a little while to break through. In the third, they did. Edmundo Sosa, back in the lineup as the team gave Bryce Harper off, snatched a triple and was followed by MLB’s first hit and Dalton Guthrie’s RBI, giving the Phillies the first lead .
In the fourth they really started to hit Corbin’s ball hard, Rhys Hoskins homer to start the inning, then followed by a brace from Alec Bohm and a single from JT Realmuto to make it 3 -0.
Syndergaard being the form he’s in, he just couldn’t resist making it a bit interesting for those watching this game. Riley Adams hit a single in the fifth with one out, then was driven down by a Lane Thomas triple. Luis Garcia’s Washington National followed with a resounding brace to make it 3-2, but Syndergaard managed to stem the tide in the set. In the sixth, Realmuto came on and widened the gap between the teams a bit more with a smoky solo shot to the center right, which made it 4-2.
Alas, Syndergaard gave that run back on a first home run to start the seventh to Alex Call, ending his night on the spot. Andrew Bellatti was called up from the bullpen and snuffed out any momentum the Nationals might have gained, then handed him over to the offense to add some insurance.
Bryson Stott and Matt Vierling started the seventh with back-to-back singles, but Sosa had an induced double play from him, making it look like a promising inning was not going to be for nothing. Although Stott was third, there were two outs and Guthrie was up. What the Nationals (or some Phillies fans) didn’t know was that Guthrie is really, really fast. Hitting a dribbler beyond the mound meant Washington had no chance of catching him, scoring Stott and making it 5-3.
Jose Alvarado came through the Nationals in the eighth, which means the ninth belonged to…..Brad Hand?
Hand started well, getting the first two batters pretty easily, but a few bloops and blips left the runners at first and second with two outs. Rob Thomson then made a somewhat surprising move to go to Nick Nelson to tackle the right-handed hitter, but Nelson made it look wise, forcing Adams to go to Segura to end the ball game.
A solid victory for the team to help them find their way back to victory.