Philadelphia is having a pretty good time down in the nation's capital this week (which is more than we can say of last week). After last night's exciting 4-3 win, the Phillies followed up with another exciting win against their 1st place rivals.
The game began with little incident, with both starting pitchers Jeremy Hellickson and Gio Gonzalez navigated the first three innings with little incident beyond a hits by Maikel Franco and Daniel Murphy. Gonzalez proceeded to have a tricky 4th inning after getting two out.
He gave up a single to Darin Ruf and a walk to Carlos Ruiz, bringing Cesar Hernandez. Cesar worked a full count from him while the runners advanced on a wild pitch, but unfortunately the Phillies were unable to strike and the half inning ended with a fly ball to Bryce Harper. Speaking of Harper, he struck out in the very next at bat in the bottom of the inning. Hellickson struck him and Ryan Zimmerman out back to back for strikeouts 4 and 5 of the evening. They would not be his last.