Nick Castellanos' strained right oblique keeps him on the injured list. Bryce Harper, the current National League Most Valuable Player, was given the night off.
But on Friday, the Philadelphia Phillies' youthful players improved their performance and contributed to a 5-3 victory over the Washington Nationals.
The middle game of the Phillies' three-game series against the visiting Nationals (49-90), who now hold the third wild-card place in the National League, will be played on Saturday night.
Every player in the lineup collected at least one hit, including Dalton Guthrie, who recorded his first two career hits and two RBIs. Edmundo Sosa continued to be one of the majors' hottest hitters with a single and triple.
Guthrie remarked after the game in an interview with NBC Sports Philadelphia, "It was very cool. "Quite cool environment. You want to participate in that."
Meanwhile, Harper received some infrequent slumber. He has played 11 for 42 times with 0 home runs after being back in the lineup after missing two months due to a fractured left thumb.
Interim Phillies manager Rob Thomson explained, "Just a day off." "He is in good health. It appears that the bat speed is present. Anyone who returns from a brief rehab stay, in my opinion, starts off strong, then reaches a plateau, and finally, perhaps, exhaustion sets in."
On Saturday, the Phillies will pitch to left-hander Ranger Suarez (8-5, 3.52 ERA). In his most recent start, on Sunday against the San Francisco Giants, Suarez struggled, allowing four hits and three runs in four innings.
The Nationals' Saturday starting pitcher is Erick Fedde (6-9, 5.08). The right-hander had a strong outing against the New York Mets on Sunday, giving up just four hits and one run over six innings.
Keibert Ruiz of Washington was placed on the injured list due to a testicular injury, while Israel Pineda from Triple-A Rochester was brought up. The 22-year-old Pineda started the season with Wilmington of the High-A level.