A solo home run by Jayson Werth helps to cap a come from behind win as the Phillies defeated the last place Nats in the first game of a three games set. The Nationals would strike first in the first inning as Willie Harris would hit a solo home run off of Phils’ starter Joe Blanton for his tenth home run of the year to give the Nats a quick 1-0 lead. The Phillies would come back to tie it in the second as Greg Dobbs would hit a sacrifice fly, scoring Ryan Howard, who has earlier singled and would then move to third on Shane Victorino’s double. The Nationals would retake the lead in the fourth as Jesus Flores would hit a RBI single, knocking in Lastings Milledge, who has earlier singled and has gone to third on Ronnie Belliard’s single, giving the Nats a 2-1 lead. The Nats would then increase their lead in the fifth as, with one out and a runner on first, Ryan Zimmerman would hit a RBI triple, scoring Harris, who has earlier singled, to make it 3-1 Nationals. Zimmerman would then score on a two out single by Belliard, to make it 4-1 Nats. The Phillies would then do something that they haven’t done successfully for a while, strike back. In their half of the fifth, Victorino would start the inning off with a triple. He would then score to make it a 4-2 Nats’ lead as Dobbs’ fly ball to left is booted by the left fielder Harris for an error. Dobbs would then steal second, before going to third on Chris Coste’s line drive single to left that was deflected by Nats’ shortstop Belliard, putting runners on the corners. Geoff Jenkins, who has come up to pinch hit for Blanton, would make the score 4-3 Nationals as he hit a sacrifice fly. But the inning would then end on a Jimmy Rollins’ double play ball, 4-6-3. The Phillies’ bullpen, in this case Chad Durbin, would then come in to pitch two innings of shut out ball. The Phillies’ bat would then tie the game at four all in the seventh, as, with runners on first and third, and one out, Coste would hit a sacrifice fly, scoring Victorino, who was earlier safe on a force out, and then would go to third on a Dobbs’ single, although he has gotten to third base earlier in the inning when a pick off attempt by Nats’ catcher Flores would go past first baseman Kory Casto into foul territory, but it was called back because home plate umpire Joe West said that Flores’ throwing hand has hit his mask when he was getting ready to throw the ball towards first. After Ryan Madson pitched a quick 1-2-3 eighth, with one out in the Phils’ half of the inning, Jayson Werth would give the Phillies the lead as he would hit his seventeenth home run of the year, a career high, giving the Phils a 5-4 lead. That would turn out to be the game, as Brad Lidge would come up in the ninth, and would record his thirty-first save of the year as he pitched a 1-2-3 inning, striking out two.
Joe Blanton would get a no-decision as he would pitch five so-so innings, giving up four earned runs on eight hits. Chad Durbin would pitch two scoreless innings, giving up three hits. Ryan Madson would get the win as he pitched a 1-2-3 inning, strriking out two batters. His record is now 3-1 with a 3.11 ERA. Brad Lidge would also pitch a 1-2-3 inning, strking out two men as well, as he records his thirty-first save in thirty-one tries. Jason Bergmann would also get a no-decision as he went six and a third innings, giving up four runs, three of which were earned, on six hits. Steven Shell would get the lost and his first blown save, as he would go an inning, giving up one earned run on one hit, Jayson Werth’s home run. Charlie Manning and Saul Rivera would each pitch a third of an inning, giving up no runs on no hits.
Other than Jayson Werth’s home run, the offense would not get a key hit to produce runs. Instead, their other four runs would come in via three sac flies and a Nats’ error. If the offense want to do better than that, it will need to get more than just six to seven hits a night, as it got outhit 11 to 7 by the worst team in the majors. That will not do if they want to get back into first place.
The Phillies (67-58) will continue their three games series with the Nationals (44-82) with a game tonight. The game will be played at Citizens Bank Park and will start at 7:05 pm Eastern. The Phillies will send to the mound Brett Myers (5-10, 5.02), who is coming off a hard lost to the Dodgers on August 14 as he pitched his fourth straight quality start, going seven innings as he gave up only three earned runs on five hits, in the Phils’ 3-1 lost. In his last start against the Nats, on July 29, he would get the win as he went 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 by sending 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 continue to trail the Mets by a game and a half as the Mets came from behind to defeat the Braves. They are ahead of the Marlins by two and a half games as the Marlins cool off the Giants. The Phillies will try to stay close to the Mets, praying that they won’t lose any more ground before their meeting at the end of the home stand.