The Nationals’ manhandling of the Phillies came to completion on Sunday when Stephen Strasburg threw his first complete game and shutout of his career to sweep Charlie Manuel’s club out of town.
With each loss, you really wonder how far the Phils (52-65) will fall.
They’ve now lost 17 of their last 20 games and 11 straight on the road, the Phillies’ longest losing streak away from home since they lost 12 straight in 1999.
Over that 11-game funk, the Phillies have been outscored 75-21. They’ve also lost six of their seven series in the second half and have been swept three times.
They’re on pace to go 72-90, the club’s worst record since it went 65-97 in 2000.
As for the game, Strasburg was superb. The righty threw 17 first-pitch strikes to his 29 batters faced, struck out 10, walked one and needed just 17 pitches to get through his final two innings.
Meanwhile, just like the Phillies, Kyle Kendrick’s regression continued. The right-hander gave up 11 hits, six runs -- four earned -- in 4 1/3 innings, spiking his ERA to 4.48.
But don’t fret, fans, the Braves are next.
Here are the pitching matchups for the three-game set in Atlanta:
Monday -- Cole Hamels (4-13, 3.81) vs. Julio Teheran (9-5, 2.96)
Tuesday -- Ethan Martin (1-1, 6.75) vs. Kris Medlen (9-10, 3.85)
Wednesday -- John Lannan (3-5, 4.81) vs. Brandon Beachy (1-0, 5.00)