GameNotes: Washington Nationals V. Philadelphia Phillies (September 1, 2020)

The Philadelphia Phillies Will Be Looking For Their Seventh Win In Eight Games When They Host The Washington Nationals On Tuesday.

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Game Details:

Washington Nationals (12-20) at Philadelphia Phillies (15-15)
LHP Patrick Corbin(2-2, 3.82 ERA) | RHP Aaron Nola (3-2 3.00 ERA)
Tuesday, September 1, 2020 | 7:05 p.m. EST | Game #33 | Road Game #15
Citizens Bank Park | Philadelphia, PA
TV: MASN | Radio: 106.7 The Fan / Nationals Radio Network

Recap From Previous Washington Nationals Game

Phillies stayed hot with an 8-6 victory over the Nationals on Monday to open the four-game series as Rhys Hoskins homered, doubled, and knocked in three runs. Hoskins has homered in three straight games and five of his past seven.

Turner went 11-for-15, he added a four-hit game Monday against the Phillies.

Juan Soto added a pair of two-run homers in Washington’s Monday loss.

Today’s GameNotes:

The Philadelphia Phillies will be looking for their seventh win in eight games when they host the Washington Nationals on Tuesday. Here are today’s GameNotes

The Phillies will send their ace to the mound tonight, Aaron Nola. Tonight’s start will be the seventh start for the right-hander, and his current record is 3-2 with a 3.00 ERA. In his last start against the Nationals, he threw a season-high 113 pitches and gave up five hits and two runs in seven innings.

The Nationals will hand the ball to Patrick Corbin for his seventh start of the season on Tuesday. Corbin (2-2, 3.82 ERA) tossed six solid innings in his last start against the Phillies, giving up seven hits and two runs.

What To Watch

Young at Heart

According to the Elias Sports Bureau, Juan Soto‘s first homer on Monday was his 10th of the season in just his 24th game of the season. Soto is the third player, age 21 or younger, with at least ten homers before his 25th game of a season, joining Fernando Tatis Jr. earlier this season (24 games) and Mel Ott in 1929 (22 games).

The Streak Continues 

Turner has 15 hits across his last four games. During the Expansion Era (since 1961), only four other players managed as many as 15 hits over a four-game span: Mike Benjamin (15; June 1995), Brett Butler (15; July 1995), Johnny Damon (15; July 2000) and Charlie Blackmon (15; June 2019). Additionally, Trea Turner has hit safely in a career-high 16 games. Turner is 34-67 with seven doubles, two triples, four home runs, 12 RBI’s four walks, two hits by pitches, and 21 runs scored during the past 16 games. 

A New Streak?

Currently, Nationals catcher Kurt Suzuki has safely hit in a career-high 11 straight games. Suzuki is now hitting .333, 13-39 with one double, one home-run, four RBI’s, one hit by a pitch, four walks and six runs scored

Pitch Perfect

Since joining the Washington Nationals in 2019, Patrick Corbin is 2-0 with a 2.90 ERA. Corbin has given up a total of 10 Earned Runs in 31 innings pitched, and 33 strikeouts in five starts against the Phillies. On August 26, the last time Corbin faced the Phillies, he pitched a total of six innings, gave up seven hits and only gave up two runs. Corbin struck out three and left two runners in scoring position. 

1-2 Punch

Entering tonight’s game, Trea Turner(1st .377) and Juan Soto (2nd, .367) lead Major League Baseball in batting average. 

Game Lineups (Subject to change)

Washington Nationals 
  • T. Turner SS
  • J. Soto LF
  • H. Kendrick DH
  • A. Cabrera 3B
  • E. Thames 1B
  • A. Eaton RF
  • Y. Gomes C
  • L. Garcia 2B
  • M. Taylor CF
Philadelphia Phillies
  • A. McCutchen DH
  • R. Hoskins1B
  • B. HarperRF
  • J.T. Realmuto C
  • J. Segura2B
  • D. Gregorius SS
  • P. Gosselin LF
  • A. Bohm 3B
  • R. Quinn CF

Washington Nationals Injury Report

  • Starlin Castro 2B August 29 60-Day IL (wrist) 
  • Seth Romero RP August 26 10-Day IL ( right hand)
  • Stephen Strasburg RP August 23 60-Day IL (right hand)
  • Sam Freeman RP August 14 60-Day IL (elbow) 
  • Roenis Elias RP August 13 60-Day IL (left forearm)

Today in Nationals History

2005

Ryan Zimmerman was promoted to the Major Leagues, becoming the first player drafted and developed exclusively by the Nationals to reach the Major League level. Zimmerman was also the first player from his draft class to be called up to the Majors.