The showdown between aces got off to a shaky start before materializing as promised, but the a blown save by Rafael Soriano and a walkoff home run by Pablo Sandoval wasted Strasburg's effort.
The Braves are starting to heat up, while the Phillies are falling hard. Here is how the Nats' rivals fared over the last week.
The Nationals' already overworked bullpen lost another member when Ryan Mattheus broke his hand punching his locker out of frustration.
Bryce Harper went 0 for 4 in his return to the lineup as the Nationals were shut out by the Giants 8-0.