Nationals 15, Phillies 1
Game 11 - Wednesday Night, April 10th in Philadelphia
Record - 7-4, Tied for 1st place, 1 game ahead of the Nationals
One Sentence Summary: The Nationals destroyed Nick Pivetta and the Phillies, winning a 15-1 laugher.
What It Means: At one point, before the Phillies scored a run in the bottom of the ninth, the Nationals had scored 25 unanswered runs going back to the Tuesday night debacle. This was the team's first series loss of the season.
What Happened: Pivetta's struggles continue. He lasted just 3 2/3 innings, giving up seven runs on seven hits, and his ERA after three starts is 9.45. Jeremy Hellickson and three Nationals relievers held the Phillies to three singles.
Featured Card: The best pitcher of the night for the Phillies was back-up outfielder Aaron Altherr, who came on to pitch the top of the ninth. Hitting 90 on the radar gun, Altherr allowed a run on two hits but also struck out two batters - Brian Dozier and Yan Gomes. Per a great Tweet from Jayson Stark, the last Phillies position player to strike out two batters in a game was Greg Gross on June 6, 1986.