Obstruction call helps Phils sweep Nats for 14th win in 16


Alec Bohm of the Philadelphia Phillies doubles in the third inning of game 1 of a baseball doubleheader against the Washington Nationals, Friday, June 17, 2022, in Washington.  Nick Castellanos scored on the play. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

Alec Bohm of the Philadelphia Phillies doubles in the third inning of game 1 of a baseball doubleheader against the Washington Nationals, Friday, June 17, 2022, in Washington. Nick Castellanos scored on the play. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)


JT Realmuto hit a two-run single in the 10th inning using an obstruction call, and the Philadelphia Phillies won 8-7 to complete a doubles sweep of the Washington Nationals on Friday night.

The Phillies have won 14 of their last 16 games.

Bryce Harper had three hits against his former team in Game 1, helping Philadelphia win 5-3.

“It was a good day at the office, it felt like everyone,” said Phillies second baseman Matt Vierling, who homered twice in Game 2. “It was really long. It wasn’t just the stuff during the game. It was the heat, and the doubleheader and everything like that.

Josh Bell has homered twice in the last drink and three times in the day for the Nationals, which have lost seven in a row. According to STATS, Bell became the first player to hit three home runs, drive five runs and walk three times in a single day and not be part of a win since RBIs became an official stat in 1920. .

Phillies shortstop Didi Gregorius made a bad pitch for an EQ error on what should have been a game-ending grounder by Nelson Cruz in the ninth.

With the score 6-6 in the 10th, Realmuto singled to center Steve Cishek (0-2) with one out and runners at second and third. Kyle Schwarber, the auto-runner early in the inning, scored easily and Rhys Hoskins collided with shortstop Luis García.

Third baseman coach Dusty Wathan dispatched Hoskins, and although the pitch went easily in time, the umpires allowed Hoskins to score on García’s obstruction.

“He knows the stonewalling rule,” interim manager Rob Thomson said. “Huge. Really smart.”

Washington manager Dave Martinez was kicked out by team manager Dan Iassogna for discussing the play.

“If we felt like he was fielding the ball, we wouldn’t have called obstruction,” Iassogna told a poolside reporter. “But we felt like he already had a chance to field the ball and then the contact happened afterwards. And then now it’s up to the defense to get out of the way of the ball. And then we felt that because of the contact, Hoskins would have scored without the contact.

Martinez said he thought the interference should have been called on Hoskins.

“If he gets obstructed and gets awarded third base, he’s not rewarded at home,” Martinez said. “After he hit third base and rounded the base, to me it’s fair game. He was thrown 40 feet. So what do we do? … He says he would have scored. The game should have been dead to begin with.

Ehire Adrianza scored an RBI brace in the bottom half of José Alvarado (1-1).

Washington fell to a worse NL 23-45. The Nationals have lost 10 of 12 total games and 10 straight home games against the Phillies.

Philadelphia improved to 13-2 under Thomson and moved four games above .500 for the first time this season. The Phillies have won 11 straight against the Nationals, their longest streak against the franchise. Philadelphia won 10 in a row at the 1991 Montreal Expos.

Vierling, who entered with a home run in 66 at-bats, went wide of Paolo Espino to start the third inning of Game 2 and homered in the ninth against Tanner Rainey for a 6-5 lead and his first career multi-circuit. exit.

The Phillies trailed 5-3 entering the eighth and were nearly left empty-handed when it appeared Realmuto had sunk in a late-inning double play. Realmuto was deemed safe in the replay review, and Harper — booed loudly at Washington, as he has since signing with Philadelphia in 2019 — hit a two-run brace to tie the game a pitch after being angered a 3-0 bid was called a strike.

“Harp was upset, it wasn’t the fourth ball, but I was like, ‘Good. Let him hit,'” Thomson said.

In Game 1, a makeup of a contest postponed by the lockout, Nick Castellanos hit a two-run double in the first against Joan Adon as the Phillies took a 4-0 lead. Brad Hand worked a two-on-one jam of his own making in the ninth for his second save.

Ranger Suárez (5-4) allowed three runs in 5 2/3 innings as the teams caught up to a game postponed by the lockout. Adon (1-11), called up as the Nationals’ 27th man, allowed four runs in five innings while extending his major league lead in losses.


Former Washington infielder Ryan Zimmerman’s No. 11, who will be retired on Saturday, was painted on the field in foul territory along both baselines. Zimmerman was the Nationals’ first draft pick after moving to Washington and played his entire 16-season career with the franchise.


Nationals: LHP Evan Lee started in the seventh after walking four of his last five batters. He also threw two wild pitches in that stretch and will have his shoulder checked. “When he misses the strike zone like that, I thought there was something wrong with him,” Martinez said. “So we’ll check it out.”


Washington recalled RHP Cory Abbott from Rochester before Game 1 and opted for RHP Andres Machado in Rochester. Machado was 0-0 with a 5.48 ERA in 17 games for the Nationals.


Phillies: RHP Aaron Nola (4-4, 3.42 ERA), who allowed 11 earned runs in nine innings in two starts against Washington last season, gets the nod on Saturday.

Nationals: RHP Josiah Gray (6-4, 4.33) is 2-0 with a 1.13 ERA in his last three outings and makes his first start since June 8.


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