Nationals clinch NL East

By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher

The Washington Nationals have clinched the National League East on Sunday. They defeated the Philadelphia Phillies, 3-2, at Nationals Park to get the Division.

This is the second straight year that the Nationals clinched the Division. They are the first team to clinch a playoff spot this season.

Bryce Harper (Getty Images)

Bryce Harper (Getty Images)

In addition, this is the Nationals third playoff appearance in four-years.

“Here we are boys – welcome to the postseason!” Nationals ace Max Scherzer, exclaimed as he popped the first bottle of Korbel.

The Nationals held a 3-0 lead going into the bottom of the eighth. Trea Turner hit a 403-foot home run in the bottom of the eighth to left field.

In the bottom of the sixth, the Nationals scored two runs. Adrián Sanchez doubled to left field that initially scored Turner. Then, after Víctor Robles’ double, Sanchez scored before Robles was thrown out in his attempt to advance to third base.

Phillies right fielder Nick Williams singled to right center in the top of the ninth inning. On the play, J.P. Crawford and Odúbrel Herrera scored.

Phillies pitcher Ben Lively allowed three runs over eight innings. He was bested on the mound by his counterpart, Stephen Strasburg, who also went eight innings, allowed two hits and struck out 10.

Strasburg is 13-4 with a 2.64 ERA this season.

“We’re in the tournament — what more can you say?” Nationals first baseman Ryan Zimmerman said.

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