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Game Thread: Phillies vs Nationals 8/31/16

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Yet again the Phillies head into a get away game trying to avoid a sweep. Lefties Gio Gonzalez and Adam Morgan face off.

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In four of the last six series, the Phillies got opposing teams excited about a sweep. Their fans got their brooms out and made gleefully threatening sweeping motions.

But the Phillies would have none of it, heroically pulling out the final game in each case, forcing dejected fans to put those brooms back in their closets.

Yep, that's the kind of thing we're reduced to celebrating as the Phillies limp toward the season's final month.

After losing the first two games of the series against the Nationals, the Phils will try to make it five out of seven series tonight by beating lefty Gio Gonzalez (9-9, 4.25 ERA, 3.81 FIP).

Facing Gio will be the Phils' lone lefty starter, Adam Morgan (1-8, 6.50 ERA, 5.61 FIP).

With a lefty on the mound, Tyler Goeddel makes a rare appearance, and he will be looking for his first base hit since August 8th, the first game in LA, if you can remember that far back. Since then he's 0 for 13, though he's sprinkled in 4 walks.

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This isn't great baseball the Phillies are playing, but bad baseball is infinitely better than no baseball. We're now down to thirty-two precious days until we start the countdown to Spring Training 2017. Enjoy.