Roy Halladay got out of several jams before the Phils finally defeat the Nats 1-0.
The Nats try to take the lead in the first as they loaded up the bases via a lead-off double by Nyjer Morgan, who then went to third on a balk, and walks to Adam Dunn and Ryan Zimmerman, and with one man out, Phils’ starter Roy Halladay got out of the inning by getting Roger Bernadina to hit into a 4-6-3 doubleplay, wiping out Zimmerman at second base. The Phils tried to score in their half of the first with runners on second and third, via a walk to Placido Polanco and a double to Jayson Werth, with Polanco stopping at third, and with two men out, but the Nats’ starter Jason Marquis got out of the inning by striking out Raul Ibanez swinging. The Phils then took the lead in the third as, with two men on, and with two men out, Ibanez hits an RBI double, scoring Chase Utley, who had earlier walked and then moved up to second when Werth walked, giving the Phils a 1-0 lead, while sending Werth, who had earlier walked, stopped at third. The Nats would constantly threathen to tie up the game, with their biggest threat being in the seventh as, with two men on, via a bunt single to Ian Desmond, and a walk to Dunn, sending Desmond to second base, and with one man out, on a 1-1 count to Zimmerman, Desmond broke for third, as Zimmerman hits a liner to left, which was caught by Ibanez for the inning’s second out. Desmond headed back to second as Ibanez threw back to second in an attempt to double Desmond up, but throwing it wide. But Utley, after catching the ball, stayed with Desmond as he slid off the bag, tagging him out for the third out of the inning for a lined out-doubleplay. That would end up being the next to last threat by the Nats as, in the ninth, with a runner on second, Desmond, via a double, and with two men out, Brad Lidge nailed down his seventeenth save of the year by striking out Dunn, swinging, for the final out.
Roy Halladay gets the win as he pitches seven shut out innings, giving up eight hits and three walks, while striking out five. His record is now 16-8 with a 2.16 ERA. Ryan Madson collects his seventh hold of the year as he pitches a scoreless inning, giving up a hit, while striking out a batter. Brad Lidge picks up his seventeenth save of the season as he pitches a scoreless inning, giving up a hit, while striking out one. Jason Marquis takes the lost as he pitches just five innings, giving up a run on four hits and four walks, while striking out a batter. His record is now 0-6 with an ERA of 11.39. Joel Peralta and Doug Slaten pitches three 1-2-3 innings, striking out two batters (one each) between them.
The Phils had only four hits in the game, a single by Chase Utley, a double by Jayson Werth, an RBI double by Raul Ibanez and a single by Carlos Ruiz. The Phils offense was outhit last night, feeling very lucky that their ace came through.
The Phils (69-52, 2nd) continue their weekend series with the Nats (52-70, 5th) with a night game tonight. The game will be played at Citizens Bank Park and will start at 7:05 pm Eastern. The Phils will send to the mound Kyle Kendrick (8-5, 4.45), who is coming off a win against the Mets on August 15, as he pitched six and two-thirds innings, giving up a run on six hits and a walk, while striking out four, in the Phils’ 3-1 win. In his last three starts, his record is 2-1, as he pitched sixteen innings, giving up nine runs, eight of which were earned, on twenty-two hits and three walks, while striking out ten. He will be trying to keep the Nats’ bats quiet while the Phils’ bats try to handle the phenom. The Nats will counter with their rookie phenom Stephen Strasburg (5-3, 2.97), who is coming off a no-decision against the D-backs on August 15, as he pitched just five innings, giving up three runs, only one of which was earned, on five hits, while he struck out seven, in the Nats’ 5-3 win. In his last three starts, his record is 1-1 with a no-decision, as he pitched fifteen innings, giving up twelve runs, ten of which were earned, on eighteen hits and three walks, while striking out eighteen. He will be trying to defeat the Phils. The Phils will be trying to figure the rookie.