Washington Nationals bats again silenced by Jeremy Hellickson in 4-2 loss

Washington Nationals vs. Philadelphia Phillies- 4/14/17 MLB Pick Odds and Prediction

Here are five things to know for the series finale. Taylor has done very well in spring training but has not been able to translate that into the season, and he has been given few opportunities of late. And even if it is April, that's the way that game is played. His five walks, including four vs. the Mets last time out, are a little off for the righty. The 23-year-old right-hander allowed four walks, three hits and three runs.

Phillies: With RHP Clay Buchholz sidelined with a partial tear of his right flexor pronator mass, Mackanin said the team's four other starters will remain on schedule. He faced the Nationals twice in 2016. Phillies outfielder Odubel Herrera grounded out softly to first, allowing Altherr to get to third.

Jeremy Hellickson had no physical reminders of how he finished last Sunday, when an apparent case of dehydration literally caused the fingers on his throwing hand to curl up, and thereby limiting what had been a superb outing to only five innings.

As a team, the Nationals haven't hit Eickhoff well.

Joaquin Benoit blew the save, giving up a three-run shot to Bryce Harper (who else?).

Bryce Harper's walk off was an absolute bomb... His ERA has gotten worse every season since his career-best in 2012. The Nationals, who looked destined for a loss and a.500 record, suddenly had a 6-4 win and a 7-5 record before what promises to be one of the more grueling road trips any of them have experienced.

But he's off to a fantastic start this season. Jerad Eickhoff gets the ball, and he is 0-1 with a 1.98 ERA and 13 strikeouts this season. Talk about production. Gonzalez has still allowed plenty of hits (13) but just two walks.

Mariners 8, Rangers 7: Nelson Cruz singled in the tiebreaking run to cap a two-run, ninth-inning rally, and Seattle overcame a 6-1 deficit to complete a three-game sweep.

Leury Garcia doubled off Ryan Pressly (0-2) leading off the 10th and advanced on Tyler Saladino's sacrifice. Harper has hit 18 of his 125 big league homers against the Phillies. And what the Phils are missing on multiple levels. Ruf was 11 for 31 with three home runs, three doubles and eight walks off Gonzalez, tormenting him while in a Phillies uniform.

LF Chris Heisey hit a solo homer in the seventh to tie the game at 2 on Saturday.

Taillon has given up three runs in 20 innings. He improved to 2-1 with a 1.86 ERA this year. He has made 44 starts for the Phillies and the team has averaged just 3.79 runs while he's been in the game.

However, when you add context, the Phillies' pen seems a lot more reliable.

But Jayson Werth committed a fielding error in the eighth, which aided the Phillies as they scored two runs on three hits. Nevertheless, it likely wouldn't have done much else to help the Nationals. This is all to say, the new back-end of the bullpen has the potential to be a force.

Now Gomez is simply another right-handed option out of the Phillies' bullpen, and thus far hasn't been a good one, just like he wasn't last September after mowing down the opposition frequently in ninth innings earlier last season. However, it still has three pitchers capable of performing in high leverage situations.

The confidence of the Phillies' bullpen may be another matter. The last time rain forced cancellation of a game at AT&T Park was in April 2006.

Brewers first baseman Eric Thames crushed his fifth home run in four games in a win against the Reds. His batting line after Saturday is just.195/.261/.366.

After the first two weeks of the 2017 campaign, the Washington Nationals have already had a major lineup shakeup because of a hamstring injury to one of their key players, leadoff hitter and sparkplug Trae Turner. The second-year middle infielder is solid in the field but has struggled to produce at the plate this morning.

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