The Phils lose their third game in a row, thanks in part to a baserunning blunder, as they fall to the Nationals, 2-1.
The Nats took the lead in the second as, with one man out, Ian Desmond hits a solo home run, his seventh home run of the season, giving the Nats a 1-0 lead. The Nats then increased their lead in the fourth as, with two men on, and with one man out, Desmond hits an RBI single, knocking in Bryce Harper, who had started the inning off with a single, then stole second base, giving the Nats a 2-0 lead, which sending Adam LaRoche, who had just walked, up to second base. The Phils tried to get on the board in the sixth as they put two men on base, via a walk to Placido Polanco, and then a double by Shane Victorino, and with nobody out. But then, as Hunter Pence lined out to center field for the inning’s first out, with center fielder Rick Ankiel having to jump into the air to be able to catch the ball, Polanco made a base running blunder by not going back to third base to tag up and score, instead staying at third. That would hurt even more as the next batter, Carlos Ruiz, hits a ball sharply to first baseman LaRoche, who caught the ball and then threw it home for the fielder’s choice out, as catcher Jesus Flores tagged out Polanco for the inning’s second out, while Ruiz reached first base safely. To add further insult, Victorino stayed at second base on the play. John Mayberry, Jr. then flew out to right to end the inning, leaving the score 2-0 Nats. The Phils would finally get on the scoreboard in the ninth as, with runners on second and third, and with one man out, pinch hitter Ty Wigginton hits a sacrifice fly to right, knocking in Mayberry, who had started the inning off with a walk, moved up to second base on pitcher Henry Rodriguez’s wild pitch, then stopped at third base on Mike Fontenot’s single, making it a 2-1 Nats’ lead. That would end up being the final score as Sean Burnett recorded his second save of the year by getting Polanco to lined out to second base, with the tying run on second base, as Fontenot had moved up to second on Rodriguez’s second wild pitch of the inning, for the game’s final out
Kyle Kendrick (0-4, 5.23) took the lost as he pitched seven innings, giving up two runs on five hits and two walks, while striking out four. Raul Valdes pitched two 1-2-3 innings, striking out two batters. Gio Gonzalez (6-1, 1.98) got the win as he threw six scoreless innings, giving up just three hits and three walks, while striking out nine. Craig Stemmen collected his second hold of the year as he threw two scoreless innings, giving up two hits, while striking out a batter. Henry Rodriguez collected his second hold of the season as he pitched a third of an inning, giving up a run on a hit, a walk and two wild pitches. Sean Burnett received his second save of the year as he pitch two-thirds of an inning, walking a batter.
The Phils had only six hits in the game with Placido Polanco (Singles) and Shane Victorino (Single, Double) both leading the ballclub with two hits apiece. Juan Pierre and Mike Fontenot had the other two Phils’ hits, both singles, as the Phils’ offense was kept quiet during most of the game. Pinch hitter Ty Wigginton knocked in the only Phil run with a sacrifice fly, as a baserunning mistake by Polanco kept them from scoring earlier in the game, becoming real big in the ninth inning as they attempted a late rally. The Phils also had five walks in the game.
The Phils (21-22, 5th) will continue their series with the Nats (25-17, 2nd) with a night game tonight. The game will be played at Citizens Bank Park, and is set to start at 7:05 pm EDT. The Phils will send to the mound their ace Roy Halladay (4-3, 3.22), who is coming off a win against the Cubs on May 17, as he threw eight strong innings, giving up three runs on seven hits, as he struck out four, in the Phils’ 8-7 win. He will be trying to end the Phils’ latest losing streak. The Nats will counter with Jordan Zimmermann (2-4, 2.58), who is coming off a lost against the Pirates on May 17, as he went six innings, giving up four runs on seven hits and a walk, while striking out six, in the Nats’ 5-3 lost. He will be out to add to the Phils’ present woes. The Phils will be trying to get back to .500 with a win tonight.