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Thursday, August 11, 2022

Syndergaard, Phillies beat Nationals in rain-shortened game

PHILADELPHIA ( Associated Press) — Noah Syndergaard made his Phillies debut despite conceding four, Alec Bohm hit a three-run home run and Philadelphia won the rain-less, five-inning game 5-4 at the Washington Nationals on Thursday night. .

Rhys Hoskins went even deeper, helping to secure a win for Syndergaard (6-8) two days after being acquired from the Los Angeles Angels.

“I am so thrilled and blessed to be in this clubhouse,” said Syndergaard. “The personalities look amazing in this clubhouse. I just want to do my job.”

The Phillies began half a game away from St. Louis for the final NL wild-card spot. He has won seven out of nine against Washington this season.

Luke Voight and Yadil Hernandez each had two hits for the Nationals, playing their third game since trading star slugger Juan Soto, falling to an MLB-worst 36-71. The 2019 World Series Champions have dropped six out of eight.

“Bammed,” said national manager Dave Martinez. “We had some good, positive energy going in there. We were swinging the bat pretty well. But you can’t do anything about Mother Nature.”

The Phillies reinstated second baseman Jean Segura from the 60-day IL before the competition. Segura missed 54 games with a broken right index finger.

Philadelphia is also eager to get back 2021 NL MVP Bryce Harper, who removed the pin from his broken left thumb on Monday and hopes to return before the end of the regular season. Harper is taking a swing from a tee and is expected to return in September, he said ahead of the game. He cheered on his teammates from the broadcast booth on Thursday, where he provided commentary.

Harper liked what she saw in the competition from the offense of Philadelphia.

Hoskins connected for his 21st homer of the season off a first ball from Paolo Espino (0–4), and the Phillies scored four runs in the third to take a 5–2 lead. Newly acquired center fielder Brandon Marsh opened the frame with a single to left, the first of four straight hits.

Kyle Schwarber followed with one, before Hoskins drove Marsh home with another. Bohm, whom Harper was talking about in Booth for his better defense and steady offense, struck a big blow with a three-run shot to the left.

“That’s what can make him a crime,” Hawkins said.

Syndergaard scored two runs and none in five innings. His 11 hits allowed was one of the worst films of his career.

“Once I settled in, I was able to execute my pitches,” he said. “It feels really good to win.”

Play was halted due to rain just after Syndergaard had moved into fifth. Called after a delay of 2 hours 6 minutes.

The Nationals pulled within 5-4 with two runs in the fifth. After successive singles to open the frame, an RBI single from Cesar Hernandez scored the first. With the base loaded, another run scored on the wild pitch. Nick Castellanos prevented further damage with a strong throw from right field to the plate to bring Hernandez to the end of an innings on a 9-2 double play.

“At the time, it was huge,” Syndergaard said. “It turned out to be bigger than it was.”

“We took the shot there, but the throw was right on the money,” Martinez said.

Voight held the Nationals 1-0 with an RBI single in his opening at-bat after joining Washington as part of a return package from the San Diego Padres for Soto and first baseman Josh Bell.

Espino conceded five runs in four innings with three strikeouts and seven hits without a walk.

syndergaard report

Syndergaard scored 777 runs in 718 innings, including fanning 218 over the course of six seasons with the New York Mets during the 2016 All-Star season. But multiple injuries, including Tommy John’s surgery in 2020, have taken some power from his hand. From the first pitch of the competition, a dreaded foul ball by Victor Robles to press box level, the Nationals engaged several hard-hit balls—both hits and outs—against the 6-foot-6, 230-pound right-hander. Through 85 innings this season, he has scored 66 strikeouts for the Angels and Phillies.

still streaking

Yadiel Hernandez extended his hitting streak to a career-best 10 games with a third inning single. He is batting .371 with five RBIs during the streak.

Gregorius released

To make room for Segura, the Phillies released veteran shortstop Didi Gregorius. In two and a half seasons with Philadelphia, Gregorius batted in .230 with 35 doubles, 24 homers and 113 RBIs. His power numbers slipped this season when he did a homer in 214 at-bats, hitting .210.

“It’s a tough decision, but I think it’s the right decision,” interim manager Rob Thomson said before the game.

Gregorius took to his Instagram account to thank Phillies fans.

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National: DH Nelson Cruz (stiff neck) missed his second straight game. …right-handed reliever Reed Garrett (right biceps swollen) was activated with 15-day-old IL and then substituted for triple-A Rochester.

Phillies: RHP Kyle Gibson was reinstated from the paternity list.


Washington RHP Josiah Gray (7-7, 4.59) faces Gibson (6-4, 4.60) in the second contest of the four-match series on Friday night.


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