Philadelphia, PA - After a surprising start to the season that saw them climb to seven games over .500 at one point, it seems the Phillies are falling back to Earth. After last night's 4-3 loss to the Nationals, it marked the teams' fourth straight defeat and their sixth loss in the last seven games.
The big story in Monday night's game was the decision to pull Jeremy Hellickson after throwing just 79 pitches through seven innings of one-run ball. He was pinch-hit for in the bottom of the seventh with no runners on and a 2-1 lead. The normally reliable Hector Neris allowed three runs to score in the eighth, spoiling Hellickson's strong start.
Tonight, the Phillies look to Aaron Nola in hopes of snapping their four-game skid. Washington will send Joe Ross to the mound.
Starting Pitching Matchup:
|Washington Nationals (31-21)||Philadelphia Phillies (26-25)|
|RHP||Joe Ross||RHP||Aaron Nola|
|(4-4, 2.52 ERA)||(4-3, 2.86 ERA)|