Nick Castellanos has big night at the plate for the Phillies, but they were unable to complete the comeback in an 8-7 loss to the Nationals last night at Nationals Park.
The Phillies trailed 7-1 after four innings but rallied for six runs on eight hits from the sixth through the eighth inning to tie the game.
In the bottom of the eighth, Phillies reliever Connor Brogdon (2-1) gave up a two-out, go-ahead single to Nationals right fielder Lane Thomas.
Castellanos was the star of the offense with a pair of home runs and a big bases-loaded two-run single in the seventh to fuel the comeback.
Castellanos had a season-high four hits with a season-high five RBIs, finishing with a single, a double, two homers, two runs scored and a stolen base.
“Consistently, I have kind of been finding my stride and settling in,” Castellanos said. “Being able to repeat the same things every day, so finding consistency in that and seeing the ball a little bit better.”
Phillies designated hitter Bryce Harper went 0-for-4 with two strikeouts and a walk against his former team. The Phillies slugger struck out to begin the ninth and now has just two hits in his past 21 at-bats.
Phillies starting pitcher Zack Wheeler lasted 3 2/3 innings, on 90 pitches (58 strikes) and giving up a season-worst seven runs, after tossing eight shutout innings at Atlanta May 27.
The Phillies hope to end their losing today. The game starts at 4:05pm.
Phillies right fielder Nick Castellanos. Photo courtsey of Rich von Biberstein/Icon Sportswire