Phillies’ bats heat up as they cruise to a 10-1 win over the Nationals

Phillies’ bats heat up as they cruise to a 10-1 win over the Nationals

Phillies’ bats heat up as they cruise to a 10-1 win over the Nationals

Kyle Schwarber (12) of the Philadelphia Phillies celebrates his two-run home run with Yairo Munoz, right, during the third inning of the team’s baseball game against the Washington Nationals.

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  • The Philadelphia Phillies scored seven unearned runs in the third inning and cruised to a 10-1.
  • César Hernández made the key play in the inaugural meeting between the two teams.
  • The Phillies were forced to wait 64 games.
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Phillies’ prospects of finally making the playoffs are likely due to their 11 victories in 13 games since dismissing manager Charlie Manuel. Maybe it’s because they’re averaging 6.4 runs per game in June.

But there’s one more incentive to invest in the Philadelphia Phillies: The Washington Nationals are the opponents in about 20% of their remaining games.

The Phillies were forced to wait 64 games after the owners’ lockout to see what had become of their division foe, and they feasted. They scored seven — yes, seven — unearned runs in the third inning and cruised to a 10-1 victory behind two homers from Babe, sorry, Kyle Schwarber and seven easy-breezy innings from Zack Wheeler.

Was it really just three seasons ago that the Nationals won the World Series? They will celebrate Ryan Zimmerman this weekend, and although it will be an appropriate homage to a franchise legend, it will also serve as another reminder of how far the mighty have fallen.

Credit the Phillies for capitalising on the Nationals’ errors, but the Nationals make a lot of them. César Hernández, a staple throughout the Phillies’ rebuilding years and now a face of the Nationals, made the key play in the inaugural meeting between the teams, booting Yairo Muoz’s two-out grounder in the third inning.

In the crucial third inning, the Phillies sent 12 batters to the plate, scored seven runs, and forced Corbin to throw 46 pitches. There was no way to recover from that, especially against Wheeler.

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With four games in four days, including a day-night doubleheader on Friday, the Nationals relied on infielder Ehire Adrianza to throw 60-mph sliders in the ninth inning. Meanwhile, the Phillies emptied the bench like it was spring training, giving Hoskins, Castellanos, and Gregorius some rest.

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