Phillies look to avoid sweep against Nationals

Matt Leon
August 29, 2018 - 4:43 pm
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PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — The Phillies wrap up their series with the Washington Nationals Wednesday night at Citizens Bank Park.

The Phils are in desperate need of a win. They have lost eight of their last 10 games, including the first two in this series. 

Tuesday night, the Phillies blew a 3-0 lead and lost to the Nats, 5-4. The loss featured a gut-punch of a home run by Anthony Rendon off Pat Neshek in the ninth and pinch-runner Vince Velasquez, the potential tying run, ending the game in the bottom of the ninth by leaving second base too early while trying to tag up on a fly ball.

Jake Arrieta will be on the mound for the Phillies Wednesday. The right-hander is 9-9 with a 3.37 ERA. In August he is 0-3 in four starts, but he hasn't thrown the ball that poorly, with a 3.60 ERA.

Washington will counter on the mound with veteran left-hander — and former Phillies prospect — Gio Gonzalez. He is 7-11 with a 4.35 ERA.

The Phillies come into Wednesday's game 70-62, and they are now four-and-a-half games behind first-place Atlanta in the National League East and two-and-a-half games back in the chase for a wild card playoff spot.

KYW's Matt Leon spoke with Matt Breen of The Philadelphia Inquirer about the Phillies and their current struggles.

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