In Friday night MLB action, the Washington Nationals and the Philadelphia Phillies will continue their series from Citizens Bank Park. The Nationals (36-71) traded All-Star OF Juan Soto to San Diego and own the worst overall in the majors. Last night, Washington out together an 11-hit attack during a 5-4 road loss that was ended after five innings due to rain.
Twenty-four year old righty Josiah Gray (7-7 4.59 ERA) is one of the key pieces for the Washington rebuild. Through 102 innings of work, Gray has struck out 118 batters and owns a respectable 1.28 WHIP.
The Philadelphia Phillies have won eight of their last ten games and are currently tied for the third NL Wild Card spot. On Thursday, 3B Alec Bohm delivered a three-run blast in the third inning that put Philadelphia ahead to stay. 1B Rhys Hoskins added his 21st home run for the Phillies (57-48) in support of newly acquired SP Noah Syndergaard.
The Phillies will give the nod to thirty-four year old righty Kyle Gibson (6-4 4.60 ERA) on Friday. In his last start, Gibson allowed two runs in six innings during a 7-2 home victory versus Atlanta.