The Nationals took Game One of the doubleheader against the Phillies earlier today. Austin Voth took the mound for the Nats and picked up his first win of the season, which came on a complete game.
Austin Voth entered the 2020 season as the team’s fifth starter due to Joe Ross opting out. In a limited sample size, Voth had an excellent 2019 season, going 2-1, with a 3.30 ERA, and 44 strikeouts in nine games. So it came as a surprise when Voth continued to get shelled this season. Entering today’s game, Voth was 0-5, with a 7.17 ERA, and 33 strikeouts in nine games.
In fact, Voth might be more suited as a reliever moving forward. When he faces a lineup for the first time, opponents are hitting a measly .221, with an OPS of .701 against him. However, when the lineup bats through and sees him a second time, opponents are hitting .367, with a 1.227 OPS. That is a drastic increase, which just goes to show, Voth is far more effective when only facing a lineup once.
Be that as it may, it didn’t matter how many times the Phillies batted through the lineup because Voth was on his game today. Against the Phillies, he held them to one run on three hits across seven innings. He also walked one and struck out seven. The Phillies lone run came on a Jean Segura solo shot.
To make matters even sweeter for Voth, he outdueled the Phillies ace, Aaron Nola. Nola went six innings and allowed five runs, three of them earned. The Nationals scored five runs, with four of them coming in the fourth inning. Trea Turner hit an RBI double to get the scoring started. Brock Holt followed it up by hitting a two run Double and then Luis Garcia topped things off with an RBI single.
With the season winding down, Voth’s gem came at the perfect time as he tries to prove to the front office he belongs to stay in the rotation.