Final score: Phillies 7, National 2
Just minutes after Dan Baker was honored for 50 years of service with the team, the Philadelphia Phillies stepped on the throats of the lowly Washington Nationals on Friday. for the first time since 2011.
Rhys Hoskins, Nick Castellanos and Darick Hall combined hit 1,141 foot home runs in the bottom of the first inning off Josiah Gray, giving Kyle Gibson an early 4-0 lead:
Before the night was over, JT Realmuto and Kyle Schwarber would be in action, with the Phillies using one of the most humid days of the summer to hit five home runs, none of which were less than 360 feet.
That was more than enough for Kyle Gibson, who made arguably his best start as a Phillie. Gibson was perfect for six innings and would eventually limit the Nationals to just two hits and one run over eight innings.
With the win, the Phillies improve to 58-48, 10 games over .500. Shortly after taking over as interim manager, Rob Thomson talked about five games over .500, then trying to get to ten games over .500. So what now?
“15,” Thomson said with a smile after the game. “Well, 11 actually. I’m always talking about building on five. Sometimes it takes a while. But that’s our next goal.”
Meanwhile, the Nationals — just three years away from winning the World Series — have fallen to 36-72, the worst record in baseball.
Prior to tomorrow night’s game, the Phillies will induct Bake McBride and Ron Reed into their Wall of Fame. Ranger Suárez then takes on Patrick Corbin as the Phillies aim for a series win and go 10 games above .500.
Shibe Vintage Sports Start Pitch Performance
- Josiah Gray – one of the key pieces the Nationals got from the Los Angeles Dodgers in the Trea Turner/Max Scherzer deal – gave up five hits and six runs over four innings on Friday. After being tagged for four homeruns, the 24-year-old has a 4.92 ERA this season.
- Kyle Gibson, as mentioned above, was great tonight. The 34-year-old’s ERA now stands at 4.36 this year.
Phillies Nugget of the game
Dan Baker is considered the third public address announcer in MLB history to have worked for a single franchise for 50 years or more. The only others are Pat Piper (59 years with the Chicago Cubs) and Bob Sheppard (56 years with the New York Yankees).
Ticket IQ Next game
- Saturday, August 6 vs. Nationals in Citizens Bank Park
- 6:05 PM ET
- TV: NBC Sports Philadelphia
- Radio: SportRadio 94 WIP
- Spanish radio: WTTM 1680
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