After losing three straight, the Philadelphia avoided being swept and beat the Nationals, 12-3. This loss officially eliminated the Nats from the playoffs.
In Erick Fedde’s last start of the season, the 27-year-old had was able to build upon his success after he owned the Marlins last week. Tonight across seven innings, Fedde allowed three runs on five hits, with a walk, and five strikeouts. The number one through four hitters of the Phillies offense was responsible for all of the damage off of Fedde, mainly Bryce Harper. Harper went two for two, with two homers, three RBIs, and a walk. While Harper had Fedde’s number, the righty was able to dominate the Phillies number five through nine hitters. Against Fedde, they went 0-14, with five strikeouts. Fedde finishes the season 2-4, with a 4.29 ERA, and 33 strikeouts.
While Fedde was holding the Phillies offense at bay, the Nationals were being shut down by Zach Eflin. Eflin entered tonight’s game with a 4.28 ERA, but held the Nationals to three runs across eight innings. He also struck out nine and walked one. Entering the ninth inning, Eflin was trying to throw his second complete game of the season, but a two-run shot off of the bat of Juan Soto chased Eflin from the game.
The Nationals offense was unable to help out Fedde and doomed the team tonight. At the plate, Washington went six for 32, with a walk and nine strikeouts. The bright spot was Juan Soto Tonight’s game was a prime example of how the season has gone for Washington. The offense has been stagnant for the most part outside of a few individuals.
Although it was very unlikely the Nationals were going to reach the postseason, tonight was the final nail in the coffin. 2020 will see a new team win the World Series, with Washington watching from home. The Nationals enter the offseason with a projected $47 million in cap space and plenty of holes to fill.