Continuing the home stand, trying for a series win against the hapless Nationals.

The Phillies (67-58) continue their three games series with the Nationals (44-82) tonight with a night game. The game will be played at Citizens Bank Park and will begin at 7:05 pm Eastern. The Phillies’ starter will be Brett Myers (5-10, 5.02), who is coming off a hard lost to the Dodgers on August 14 as he would pitch his fourth straight quality start, going seven innings as he gave up only three earned runs on five hits, in the Phillies’ 3-1 lost. In his last start against the Nationals, back on July 29, he would get the win as he pitched seven innings, giving up an unearned run on four hits, in the Phillies’ 2-1 win. He will be trying to improve his record while trying to dominate the Nationals once again. The Nats will counter with Collin Balester (2-5, 5.06), who is coming off a lost against the Mets on August 14, where he would pitch five innings, giving up five earned runs on four hits, in the Nationals’ 9-3 lost. His previous start against the Phillies was a defeat on July 29, as he gave up two earned runs on six hits in six innings of work, in the Nationals’ 2-1 lost. He will also be looking to improve his record while trying to stop the Nationals’ present losing streak at eleven games.

The Phillies will once more be trying to jump start their offense, this time trying to get their first five hitters as much involved in their runs support as was the bottom part of the line-up last night, which was an interesting surprise, considering how much the bottom part of the line-up has been involved during the last few weeks. Maybe having Shane Victorino batting down there might have been part of the reason for that. Now if only the entire offense would just hit at the same time and bring in some runs via timely hitting the Phillies might actually get somewhere.

The Phillies will start still a game and a half behind the Mets who will be playing the second game of their three games series with the Braves. They are ahead of the Marlins by two and a half games as the fish prepare to continue their three games series with the Giants in San Francisco. The Phillies will be looking for their second straight win over the Nationals while hoping to stay close to the Mets.

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