The retooled Phils come out smoking as they blank the first-place Nats, 8-0.
The Phils took the lead in the second as, with a runner on second, and with two men out, Kevin Frandsen hits a two-run home run, his first home run of the season, knocking in Carlos Ruiz, who had started the inning off with a double, giving the Phils a 2-0 lead. The Phils took a 3-0 lead in the third as, with one man on, and with one out, Juan Pierre, who had earlier singled, then stole second, would then steal third base, before heading on home to score on catcher Jesus Flores’ throwing error to third base. The Nats then tried to get on the scoreboard in their half of the third as they loaded up the bases on singles by Stephen Strasburg, Steve Lombardozzi, moving Strasburg up to second base, and Michael Morse, moving both runners up a base, and with two men out, before being denied as Phils’ starter Cliff Lee got Tyler Moore to ground out, 3-1, for the inning’s final out. The Phils added to their lead in the fourth as, with a runner on second, and with one man out, Lee helps his own cause by hitting an RBI single, knocking in John Mayberry, Jr., who had earlier doubled, giving the Phils a 4-0 lead. One batter later, after Lee had stolen second base, Jimmy Rollins hits a deep fly ball to right, which bounces off the wall, as Bryce Harper hit against the wall as he was unable to make the catch, allowing Lee to score, giving the Phils a 5-0 lead, before Rollins crosses the plate with an inside-the-park home run, his tenth home run of the season, making it a 6-0 Phils’ lead. The Phils added to their lead in the ninth as, with runners on second and third, and with one man out, Ruiz hits an RBI ground out, 4-3, knocking in Pierre, who had started the inning off with a single, moved up to second base on Chase Utley’s walk, then went to third base on Ryan Howard’s ground out, 4-3, as he is for the second time in the game robbed of a base hit by the Nats’ second baseman Lombardozzi, giving the Phils a 7-0 lead, while sending on to third base Utley, who had earlier walked, then moved up to second base on Howard’s ground out. The Phils then took an 8-o lead as Laynce Nix hits an RBI single, scoring Utley. That would be the final score as Michael Schwimer would come in to pitch a scoreless ninth, striking ou the side.
Cliff Lee (2-6, 3.73) got the win as he pitched his best start of the season, as he threw seven scoreless innings, giving up only five hits and a walk, while striking out seven Nats. Antonio Bastardo, Kyle Kendrick and Michael Schwimer would combine for two 1-2-3 innings, striking out five batters (Bastardo (1), Kendrick (1), Schwimer (3)) between them. Stephen Strasburg (11-5, 3.12) took the lost as he lasted only four innings, giving up six runs on four hits and a walk, while striking out three. Tom Gorzelanny threw three scoreless innings in relief, giving up two hits, while striking out two. Henry Rodriguez pitched an inning and a third, giving up two runs on two hits and two walks, while striking out a batter. Drew Storen pitched two-thirds of an inning, giving up a hit.
The Phils had thirteen hits in the ballgame, with Juan Pierre leading the team with three hits, all singles, followed by John Mayberry, Jr. with two hits, a single and a double. Jimmy Rollins (Home Run, 2 RBIs), Chase Utley (Single), Ryan Howard (Single), Carlos Ruiz (Double, RBI), Laynce Nix (Single, RBI), Kevin Frandsen (Home Run, 2 RBIs), Cliff Lee (Single, RBI) and pinch hitter Dom Brown (Single), had the other eight Phils’ hits. The final Phil run can in on a throwing error. The Phils also had three walks, and three stolen bases (Pierre (24 & 25), Lee (1)) in the game.
The Phils (46-57, 5th) will continue their series with the Nats (61-41, 1st) with a night game tonight. The game will be played at Nationals Park and is to start at 7:05 pm EDT. The Phils will send to the mound Vance Worley (5-6, 3.88) who is coming off a no-decision against the Brewers on July 25, as he pitched five and one-third innings, giving up three runs on ten hits and a walk, while striking out six, in the Phils 7-6 extra-innings win. He will be trying to continue the Phils’ present momentum, while also trying to give them the series win. The Nats will counter with Edwin Jackson (6-6, 3.52), who is coming off a win against the Brewers on July 26, as he threw seven innings, giving up just eight hits and a walk, while striking out four, in the Nats’ 8-2 win. He will be trying to even up the series. The Phils will be trying to win the present series behind Worley.