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OOTP 5/29: Phillies 4, Nationals 1

A weird game, where Aaron Nola was terrific

MLB: Washington Nationals at Philadelphia Phillies Eric Hartline-USA TODAY Sports

This was a weird game.

I mean, baseball is always weird and one can argue that it’s at its best when it’s weird, but tonight...well you’ll see.

You are reading that box score correctly.

The Phillies scored 4 runs.

They had 4 hits.

Each one was a solo home run - two from Jean Segura and Bryce Harper in the fourth, one from Adam Haseley in the fifth and one from Scott Kingery in the seventh. All of them hit off of Max Scherzer of all people.

That’s it. That’s the Phillies’ offense for the night.

On the mound, Nola was brilliant. He went 8 innings, only allowing two runs on a missed spot fastball in the top of the seventh inning that was sent to the seats. Other than that, he was great.

12 strikeouts versus only two walks. That’s the kind of efficiency that makes one an ace.

The Phillies have now won five in a row after a miserable stretch that saw their NL East briefly threatened. For now, they stand two games up on Atlanta, 5 12 up on the Mets and 7 up on the Nationals.

They’ll continue their series tomorrow as Cole Irvin goes up against Stephen Strasburg.