The Philadelphia Phillies poured it on the Washington Nationals on Saturday. The team scored a whopping 19 runs on 18 hits, with every starter getting at least one base hit.
Washington starter MacKenzie Gore only lasted 2.2 innings before he was pulled. He gave up seven runs on six hits. After the game, the Nationals announced he was lifted due to a blister on his left middle finger.
The win splits the series with the finale on Sunday. Washington will give the ball to Trevor Williams, while Philadelphia will give Ranger Suarez the start on Sunday in a winner takes all matchup.
Saturday’s victory improves the Phillies’ record to 44-38. They are third in the National League East, sitting four games behind the Miami Marlins, who are in second.
“Now that was A GAME! Wow!” one fan tweeted.
“Runs galore!” another fan tweeted.
Philadelphia Phillies fans were fired up over their team’s fireworks display on Saturday.
The 19 runs scored on Saturday were the most Philadelphia has scored in five years. Hopefully, they still have some offense left for tomorrow’s finale.
The Philadelphia Phillies could make some moves around the trade deadline
The Philadelphia Phillies have a hole at first base with the injury to Rhys Hoskins in spring training. They have tried to patch the hole with a myriad of players, but it has not worked.
Insiders also believe the Phillies could be looking for a starting pitcher at the deadline as well. Luckily for them, that market may be hot. Lucas Giolito, Eduardo Rodriguez, and Rich Hill are all rumored to be options at the trade deadline.
They could be in a good position if Philadelphia can get another power bat to fill the void at first base and a backend starting pitcher. They have a roster full of elite talent but are missing a few pieces.
While they are 11 games behind the Atlanta Braves, who don’t seem to be slowing down, they’re still in contention. This is a team you can never count out. They nearly won the World Series last year with just an 87-75 record.