Sean O'Sullivan was fortunate enough to have a lead as he came on to pitch the bottom of the 2nd inning, but Bryce Harper plays for the Nationals and this is simply something he would not stand for. Harper would hit an opposite field home run to tie the game up at 1. Later, Max Scherzer would get on with a single and then go on to get brought home by an Ian Desmond double. Scherzer went 8 innings and Drew Storen came on to shut the door, picking up his 13th save of the season. Today Stephen Strasburg will take on Cole Hamels in the second game of the 3 game set.
Hamels is in his 10th MLB season and he has spent all that time with the Phillies. He won a world series with that team and he's going as strong as he ever has this year. He has a 3.27 ERA, a 9.6 K/9, and a 3.5 BB/9. His numbers this season are right about where they should be compared to his career, so he'll be the tough task he usually is for the Nationals. Hamels has faced the Nationals probably more than any other pitcher I'll write about this season, so it's easy to say he will likely have another good game against them today, even if he doesn't win it.
Hamels vs. Current Nationals
Strasburg got a little closer to getting back on track in his last game where he actually picked up the win. He only went 5 innings, but he also only allowed 3 runs. Hopefully today he'll carry some momentum over into today and start bringing his rough looking stats into a more normal range. Like the Hamels and the Phillies, Strasburg has spent his whole career with the Nationals so he has seen them a pretty decent amount. Maybe not as much as Hamels has seen the Phillies, but he's only been around for half the amount of time. Either way, Strasburg has pretty good numbers against Philadelphia and hopefully that will translate into success today.
Strasburg vs. Current Phillies