PHILADELPHIA — The Nationals knew going into Sunday’s game they would call “pens” several times, but their plans for a Nationals day against the Phillies turned out to be a long afternoon. That filled the visiting mound in a 12-6 loss that saw seven throws and 154 pitches from Nat.
Lacking Stephen Strasberg and Eric Fedde, the national team turned to right-hander Austin Voth to start. Manager Dave Martinez is looking for Voth to go a few frames. But Voth’s afternoon was halted in the third inning after being hit by Philadelphia right-hander Vince Velasquez in the face.
With a man out early and no one came out, Voth was squared when Velasquez threw a four-stitch 90.5 mph fastball up and Voth was inevitable. He fell to one knee and was visibly bleeding. But he was able to walk away under his own power. Voth left the game after tossing two pointless frames with two strikeouts.
This season, Voth has been an invaluable weapon from the national team̵7;s character. A member of the 2020 starting rotation, he can fill many roles. Whether it’s an opener or a liberator, multiple innings, or a quick appearance He entered Sunday with a 2.93 ERA in 27 2/3 of 27 innings.
Right-hander Wander Suero kept the Phillies off the board in the third period before NL East rivals opened the floodgates offensively on the next inning – and set the tone for the rest of the game.