Phillies open key series with Nationals; Aaron Nola takes the mound

Matt Leon
June 28, 2018 - 3:15 pm
Apr 16, 2018; Atlanta, GA, USA; Philadelphia Phillies starting pitcher Aaron Nola (27) throws a pitch against the Atlanta Braves.

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PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — The Phillies will open a four-game series with the Washington Nationals Thursday at Citizens Bank Park.

The Phillies just lost two of three to the Yankees in South Philadelphia, but they avoided a sweep Wednesday night with a 3-0 victory as Zach Eflin won his fifth straight start with seven shutout innings of work.

This past weekend, the Phillies were down in Washington and they took two of three from the Nats. Aaron Nola won one of the games in that series with six strong innings of work, and he will be on the mound Thursday for the Phillies. For the season, Nola is 9-2 with a 2.58 ERA.

Washington will counter with right-hander Tanner Roark, who is 3-8. His ERA is 4.27. The Phillies beat him in that series this past weekend. On Friday night, he allowed six runs on seven hits and needed 113 pitches to get through 4 1/3 innings in a 12-2 Phillies win.

The Phillies are 41-36 and in second place in the National League East. They are 2 1/2 games behind first-place Atlanta and a game ahead of the third-place Nationals, who come to town 41-37. They are coming off back-to-back shutout losses in Tampa Bay against the Rays.

KYW Newsradio's Matt Leon spoke with Washington play-by-play voice Charlie Slowes to get the latest on the Nationals.

He also spoke with Sportsradio 94 WIP's Marshall Harris to break down how the Phillies are faring during a tough stretch of the schedule.

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