The Phillies were beaten, 4-0, by the Washington Nationals on Monday night, but wins and losses don’t matter as much as development in a rebuilding season, so there was a bright spot: Rookie right-hander Jake Thompson finally broke through with a good start in holding the Nats to two runs over seven innings.
The Phillies’ offense was not good. It produced just four hits on the night.
Washington got all the offense it needed when Jayson Werth, the second batter of the game, homered off Thompson in the first inning.
The Nats lead the NL East at 76-55. The Phils are 60-71.
The crowd of 16,056 was the smallest of the season at Citizens Bank Park.
Starting pitching report
Thompson had struggled in four starts – 9.78 ERA – since arriving from Triple A and there were questions whether he’d even make this start. But he put together a nice outing. After giving up two runs in the first inning, he pitched six straight scoreless innings, finishing his outing with three strikeouts, the last of which came on his 111th pitch when he froze Trea Turner with a breaking ball with two men on base. Thompson allowed seven hits – four in the first three innings – and walked one.
Washington right-hander Tanner Roark pitched seven shutout innings to improve to 14-7. He held the Phils to four hits and a walk and struck out five.
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Frank Herrmann gave up two runs in the ninth.
At the plate
Odubel Herrera had two of the Phillies’ four hits.
Werth’s homer in the top of the first was his 19th. Anthony Rendon drove in a run with a two-out single in that inning. Clint Robinson and Turner had RBI singles in the ninth to push the Nats’ lead to 4-0.
Herrera is staying in center field for the remainder of the season, Pete Mackanin said. (LINK)
The series continues on Tuesday night. Jerad Eickhoff (9-12, 3.87) pitches against Washington right-hander Max Scherzer (14-7, 2.92).