GAME IN A NUTSHELL: Sunday afternoon’s 10-3 Washington win over Philadelphia started off with the kind of offensive flood that one would expect from a game that ends with a nine-run differential.
Jayson Werth’s three-run home run off of Philadelphia starter Kyle Kendrick gave Washington an early 3-0 lead in the series-capping matinee. But then the offense dried up.
Kendrick settled into a groove over the next four innings before the Nationals exploded for four runs in the sixth inning to extend the lead to 7-1. Eight of the nine players who started the game for Washington -- including pitcher Tanner Roark -- had at least one hit.
Werth continued his hot hitting not only with the first-inning home run, but an eighth-inning double that drove home another for the Nationals.
Kendrick was knocked out of the game after surrendering five runs in five innings.
HITTING HIGHLIGHT: Werth drove in four runs, including the big three-run home run that got the party started for the Nationals on Sunday. For the series, he drove in seven runs.
PITCHING HIGHLIGHT: Tanner Roark gave Washington everything it could have wanted from a pre-All-Star break start. His quality seven-inning outing saw him throw 104 pitches and strike out six.
Thanks to the bats, Washington’s bullpen was not taxed after Roark’s exit. Newly minted All-Star Tyler Clippard was able to sit back and watch Ross Detwiler and Aaron Barrett finish off Philadelphia in the final two innings.
KEY STAT: Why not just tack onto yesterday’s stat? Jayson Werth had six home runs in his first 349 plate appearances this season. He now has seven in his last 42.
UP NEXT: The Nationals have concluded the first half of their season. The All-Star Game on Tuesday, July 15 is next.