Countdown to the Playoffs, Game # 4: The Phils second string crushed the Nats, as the Phils win, 7-1.
The Phils’ bench players crushed the Nats to win their next to last road series, as they defeat the Nats, 7-1.
The Phils took the lead in the second as Mike Sweeney hits a lead-off home run, his eighth home run of the season, and his second home run as a Phil, giving the Phils a 1-0 lead. The Phils then took a 2-0 lead as Ben Francisco hits a solo home run of his own, his fifth home run of the year. The Phils then took a 5-0 lead in the fourth as, with two men on, and with nobody out, John Mayberry Jr. hits a three-run home run, his first home run of the year, scoring both Sweeney, who had earlier walked, then went to second on Francisco’s single, and Francisco, who had just singled. The Nats got a run back in their half of the fourth as Ian Desmond hits an RBI ground out, 4-3, scoring Nyjer Morgan, who had earlier singled, moved up to second on Danny Espinosa’s ground out, 3-unassisted, before moving up to third on Sweeney’s throwing error when he tried to double up Morgan at second base, making it a 5-1 Phils’ lead. The Phils then increased their lead in the fifth as, with one man on, and with two men out, Francisco hits a two-run home run, his second home run of the game, and his sixth home run of the season, knocking in Wilson Valdez, who had earlier walked, giving the Phils a 7-1 lead. That would be the final score as Joe Blanton and the bullpen would contain the Nats, with Brad Lidge recording a 1-2-3 ninth, getting Willie Harris to end the game by flying out to center.
Joe Blanton gets the win as he pitches seven strong innings, giving up an unearned run on three hits and three walks, while striking out six. His record is now 9-6 with a 4.74 ERA. J.C. Romero, Ryan Madson and Brad Lidge combine for two 1-2-3 innings, striking out two batters (Madson and Lidge one each) between them. Ross Detwiler took the lost as he last only four and two-thirds innings, giving up seven runs on seven hits and two walks, while striking out two. His record is now 1-3 with a 4.25 ERA. Miguel Batista, Collin Balester, Joel Peralta and Doug Slaten combine for four and a third scoreless innings, giving up a hit (Batista), while striking out two (Slaten) between them.
The Phils had eight hits in the game, with Ben Francisco leading the team with three hits, a single and two home runs, knocking in three runs. He was followed by John Mayberry, Jr. and Greg Dobbs, who each had two hits, with Mayberry’s hits being a single and a three-run home run, and with Dobbs’ hits being both singles. Mike Sweeney had the other Phil hit, a solo home run. A few of the bench players caused some damaged last night.
The Phils (95-64, 1st) have the day off today, before going to Atlanta to play the Braves (90-69, 2nd) for their last road series of the regular season, as they prepare for the playoffs.