Philadelphia Phillies vs Washington Nationals: Observations from Philly’s First Series Win

Apr 9, 2017; Philadelphia, PA, USA; Philadelphia Phillies second baseman Cesar Hernandez (16) celebrates with teammates after hitting walk-off RBI single in bottom of ninth inning against the Washington Nationals at Citizens Bank Park. The Phillies defeated the Nationals, 4-3. Mandatory Credit: Eric Hartline-USA TODAY Sports
Apr 9, 2017; Philadelphia, PA, USA; Philadelphia Phillies second baseman Cesar Hernandez (16) celebrates with teammates after hitting walk-off RBI single in bottom of ninth inning against the Washington Nationals at Citizens Bank Park. The Phillies defeated the Nationals, 4-3. Mandatory Credit: Eric Hartline-USA TODAY Sports /
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Apr 9, 2017; Philadelphia, PA, USA; Philadelphia Phillies catcher Andrew Knapp (34) stands on second base with a double and his first major league hit during the fifth inning against the Washington Nationals at Citizens Bank Park. Mandatory Credit: Eric Hartline-USA TODAY Sports /

This Offense is a Roller Coaster

I don’t know what to make of the Phillies offense. On Friday, I wrote about the team missed some opportunities at the plate that could’ve helped win the game and how the middle of the order was struggling.

Then on Saturday they go and have a record-setting performance, scoring 12 runs in the first inning for the biggest first inning in the team’s history. Their 17 runs in that game were more than they had in the first four games of the season.

More from That Balls Outta Here

Michael Saunders picked up three hits in Saturday’s win and drove in two. Tommy Joseph collected two hits and drove in three, while Maikel Franco added a hit and two RBI. Then, all three went hitless in Sunday’s win, although Franco did have two walks. Saunders is the only one of the three with a batting average above .200, and even then his is only .211. All three are still in an up-and-down phase of the season, to say the least.

Meanwhile, Philadelphia converted when it counted Sunday. The Phils knocked in three runs off Steven Strasburg, which is no small task.

Even after Jeanmar Gomez blew that three-run lead, the offense was able to win the game on a Cesar Hernandez walk-off single. Seeing a younger player like Cesar Hernandez come through in a clutch was definitely a great way to end Sunday’s game and a positive sign moving forward for the offense.