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33 games in 31 days: Game #27: The Phils lose another game, as they fall to the Nats, 6-1.

The blasted losing streak reaches six games as the presently punchless Phils get swept by the Nats, 6-1. Yes, I’m angry, can’t you tell!!!

The Nats took the lead in the third as, with one man on, and with two men out, Ian Desmond hits an RBI double, which had dropped in between second baseman Chase Utley and right fielder John Bowker (someone please tell me again why Ruben Amaro decided to pick up this no-hit, no-field hack?!?), scoring Rick Ankiel, who had earlier doubled, then went to third on Brad Peacock’s ground out, 6-3, giving the Nats a 1-0 lead. The Nats then made it a 2-0 lead as Roger Bernadina hits an RBI single, knocking in Desmond.  The Nats then busted the game wide open in the eighth as, with one man on, and with two men out, Bernadina hits an RBI double, knocking in Desmond, who had just singled, giving the Nats a 3-0 lead. Two batters later, after Ryan Zimmerman had walked, Michael Morse hits a three-run home run, his twenty-eighth home run of the year, knocking in both Bernadina and Zimmerman, giving the Nats a 6-0 lead. The Phils finally got on the scoreboard in the ninth as, with one man on, and with two men out, Carlos Ruiz hits an RBI single, knocking in John Mayberry, Jr. who had earlier doubled, making it a 6-1 Nats’ lead, before going on to second base on right fielder Bernadina’s throwing error. But that would be the final score as Todd Coffey would get Ben Francisco to pop out to the third baseman for the game’s final out.

Roy Oswalt (8-10, 3.86), took the lost as he went seven and two-thirds innings, giving up six runs on seven hits and two walks, while striking out four. Brad Lidge pitched a third of an inning, striking out the only man that he would face. Joe Savery pitched a 1-2-3 inning, striking out a batter. Brad Peacock (2-0, 0.75) got the win as he pitched five and two-thirds innings, giving up just a hit and two walks, while striking out two.  Tom Gorzelanny got his third hold of the season as he pitched two-thirds of an inning, giving up a hit and a walk. Ryan Mattheus received his seventh hold of the year as he pitched two-thirds of an inning, getting out both men that he would face. Tyler Clippard pitched a 1-2-3 inning. Doug Slaten pitched two-thirds of an inning, striking out a batter. Todd Coffey pitched a third of an inning, giving up a run on two hits.

The Phils had only four hits in the game, with Carlos Ruiz leading the team with three hits, all singles, as he knocked in a run. John Mayberry, Jr. had the other Phil hit, a double, as the offense seems to have flatlined since winning the division on Saturday. I don’t know about everybody else, but this is getting on my last nerve. The players may think that they can just turn on a switch, but I don’t buy it. Hot teams seem to win the title during the playoffs, and right now, THEY ARE NOT A HOT TEAM!!! Get it in gear, you idiots, or else you won’t even get through the divisional series!!!!

The Phils (98-58, 1st) will start a three games series with the Mets (74-82, 4th) beginning with a night game tonigh, weather permitting. The game will be played at Citi Field and will begin at 7:10 pm EDT.  Cole Hamels (14-9, 2.80) will start for the Phils, as he is coming off a lost to the Cards on September 18, as he went seven innings, giving up four runs on seven hits, all on a pair of home runs, while striking out nine, in the Phils’ 5-0 lost. He will once again be trying for win no. 15, hoping that the offense will decide to finally play, and not start a slide of 0 for the rest of the regular season. He will be opposed by R.A. Dickey (8-13, 3,35), who is coming off a lost to the Braves on September 17, as he went seven and two-thirds innings, giving up a run on three hits and six walks, while striking out four, in the Mets’ 1-0 lost. He will be trying to keep the Phils’ offense muzzle with his knuckleball. The Phils will be trying to get their offense back on track, before things can get even worst.

33 games in 31 days: Game #24: The Phils drop their third game in a row as they lose to the Nats in extra-innings, 4-3.

The Phils lackluster offense continues as they lose their third game in a row, this time to the Nats, in extra-innings, 4-3.

The game starts out as a six innings pitchers’ duel between Phils’ starter Kyle Kendrick, who gives up just four hits, while striking out four, and Nats’ starter Tom Milone against the Phils C-team line-up, who also gave up only four hits, while striking out two. The Nats took the lead in the seventh as, with two men on, and with two men out, Roger Bernadina hits a three-run home run, his seventh home run on the season, scoring Alex Cora, who had earlier singled, then went to second base on Ian Desmond’s grounder, as Steve Lombardozzi, who had earlier singled, then stopped at third on Cora’s single, is tagged out at home plate, tw0-unassisted, for the inning’s second out, giving the Nats a 3-0 lead. The Phils would tie the game up at three-all in their half of the seventh as, with two men on, and with nobody out, pinch hitter Raul Ibanez hits a three-run home run, his twentieth home run of the year, knocking in Pete Orr and Michael Martinez, who had both singled, with Orr stopping at second base on Martinez’s single. The Nats retook the lead in the tenth as, with two men on, and with two men out, pinch hitter Ryan Zimmerman hits an RBI single, scoring Michael Morse, who had earlier walked, then moved up to second base on a Erik Kratz’s passed ball, giving the Nats a 4-3 lead, while sending Danny Espinosa, who had earlier been intentionally walked, on the third base, before moving up to second base on the late throw to the plate. That would be the final score as Drew Storen would collect his thirty-ninth save by pitching a scoreless tenth.

Kyle Kendrick received a no-decision, as he pitched six shutout innings, giving up four hits, while striking out four. Michael Schwimer pitched an inning, giving up three runs on three hits, while striking out two. Joe Savery made his major league debut as he pitched a third of an inning, giving up a hit. Brad Lidge pitched two-thirds of an inning, striking out a batter. Ryan Madson pitched a scoreless inning, giving up a hit, while striking out one. Michael Stutes (6-2, 3.86) took the lost as he pitched an inning, giving up a run on a hit and two walks. Tom Milone also received a no-decision, as he also pitched six shutout inning, giving up just four hits, while striking out two. Doug Slaton pitched to two batters, with both men reaching base, as he gave up two runs on two hits. Tyler Clippard committed his seven blown save of the year as he pitched an inning, giving up a run on two hits and a walk, while he struck out a batter. Sean Burnett pitched a scoreless inning, giving up a walk. Tom Gorzelanny (4-6, 4.09) got the win as he pitched a scoreless inning, giving up a hit and a walk. Drew Storen collected his thirty-ninth save of the season as he pitch a scoreless inning, giving up a hit and a walk, while striking out one.

The Phils had ten hits in the ballgame, with John Mayberry, Jr. and Hunter Pence leading the team with two hits each, all singles. Wilson Valdez (Single), Erik Kratz (Double), Pete Orr (Single), Michael Martinez (Single), pinch hitter Raul Ibanez (Home Run, 3 RBIs) and pinch hitter Placido Polanco (Single), had the other six Phils’ hits, as the offense continue to struggle stringing together hits and scoring runs.

The Phils (98-55, 1st) will continue their doubleheader with the Nationals (73-79, 3rd), with a night game. The game will be played at Citizens Bank Park and will start at 7:05 pm EDT. The Phils will send to the mound Cliff Lee (16-7, 2.38), who is coming off a no-decision against the Marlins on September 15, as he went nine innings, giving up a run on five hits, while striking out twelve, in the Phils’ 2-1 extra-inning win. He will once again go for win no. seventeen, while trying to put a stop to the Phils’ present slide. The Nats plan to counter with Ross Detwiler (2-5, 4.42), who is coming off a no-decision against Mets on September 12, as he pitched five and two-thirds innings, giving up two runs on three hits and three walks, while striking out two, in the Nats’ 3-2 win. He will be trying to give the Nats a sweep, while hoping the Phils don’t decide to wake up from their offensive sleepwalking and take it out on him.  The Phils will be out to end their present offensive ineptitude.

The Phils gets snake bit once again by Mother Nature and the Nats, as they lose in extra-innings on a walk-off bases loaded hit by the pitch, 5-4.

The Phils lose the use of another starter because of another long rain delay before losing to the Nats in 10 innings, thanks to a walk-off bases loaded hit by the pitch, 5-4.

The Nats took the lead in the first as, with runners on the corners, and with nobody out, Ryan Zimmerman hits a sacrifice fly, scoring Ian Desmond, who had started off the game for the Nats with a double, then went to third on Rick Ankiel’s single, giving the Nats a 1-0 lead. The Nats then added to their lead as, with once again runners on the corners, as Ankiel would go to third on Michael Morse’s single, and now with two men out, Danny Espiniosa hits an RBI single, knocking in Ankiel, giving the Nats a 2-0 lead, while sending Morse up to second base. The Phils then tied the game up at two-all as, with one man on, and with nobody out, Carlos Ruiz hits a two-run home run, his fifth home run of the season, knocking in Raul Ibanez, who had earlier reached base on an infield single. The Phils took the lead in the third as, with one man out, Chase Utley hits a solo home run, his ninth home run of the year, giving the Phils a 3-2 lead. In the top of the sixth, the game would be delayed by rain for over an hour, causing both clubs to remove their starters, Roy Halladay for the Phils and Chien-Ming Wang for the Nats. In the bottom of the sixth, the Nats would tie the game up at three-all as Espinosa hits a lead-off home run, his eighteenth home run of the season. The Phils would retake the lead in the ninth as, with two men on, and with one man out, Michael Martinez hits an RBI single, knocking in Ibanez, who had earlier walked, then stopped at second base on Ruiz’s single, giving the Phils a 4-3 lead, while sending Ruiz, who had just singled, up to second base. The Nats would retie the game up at four-all in their half of the ninth as, with two men out, Desmond hits a solo home run, his fifth home run of the season. The Nats would win the game in the tenth as, with the bases loaded, via a Zimmerman double, an intentional walk of Morse, and a single by Jayson Werth, which moved both runners up a base, and with one man out, as Brad Lidge struck out, swinging, Espinosa, for the inning’s first out, Jonny Gomes, with a 1-0 count, is hit by the next pitch, forcing in Zimmerson, giving the Nats a 5-4 walk-off win.

Roy Halladay gets a no-decision, thanks to the hour plus rain delay, as he went five innings, giving up two runs on seven hits, as he struck out five. Michael Schwimer, making his major league debut, blew his first save opportunity of the year as he pitched three innings, giving up a run on two hits, while striking out four. Antonio Bastardo committed his first blown save of the season as he pitched an inning, giving up a run on a hit, as he struck out the side. Brad Lidge (0-1, 2.25) took the lost as he pitched a third of an inning, giving up a run on two hits, a walk and a hit batter, while he struck out one. Chien-Ming Weng also received a no-decision, thanks to the long rain delay, as he pitched five and two-thirds innings, giving up three runs on five hits and a walk, while he struck out four. Tom Gorzelanny pitched a third of an inning, getting out the only man that he would face. Todd Coffey and Tyler Clippard would combine for two scoreless innings, giving up a hit (Clippard), while striking out one (Coffey) batter between them. Drew Storen pitched an inning, giving up a run on two hits and a walk, while striking out two. Sean Burnett (4-5, 4.63) gets the win as he pitched a 1-2-3 inning, striking out a batter.

The Phils had eight hits in the ballgame, with Shane Victorino (Singles) and Carlos Ruiz (Single, Home Run, 2 RBIs) both leading the team with two hits each. Chase Utley (Home Run, RBI), Ryan Howard (Single), Raul Ibanez (Single) and Michael Martinez (Single, RBI), had the other four Phils’ hits.

The Phils (81-44, 1st) will start a three games series with the Mets (60-66, 4th), starting with a night game tonight. The game will be played at Citizens Bank Park, and will begin at 7:05 pm EDT. The Phils will send to the mound Cliff Lee (13-7, 2.82), who is coming off a win against the D-backs on August 17, as he went seven strong innings, giving up just two runs on three hits and two walks, while striking out seven, in the Phils’ 9-2 rout. He will be going for his fourth straight win, while hoping to give the bullpen a rest, after the way it was messed up thanks to the rains of the previous four days. The Mets will counter with Dillon Gee (11-4, 3.92), who is coming off a win against the Padres on August 17, as he went six and two-thirds innings, giving up a run on five hits and four walks, while striking out five, in the Mets’ 7-3 win. He will be trying to confound the Phils. The Phils will be out to take last weekend’s embarrassment out on the Mets.

Ryan Madson blows his second save opportunity of the season as he gives up a walk-off grand-slam home run in the ninth, as the Phils lose one to the Nats, 8-4.

Ryan Madson blows the save as he gives up a walk-off grand-slam home run to Ryan Zimmerman, as the Phils lose to the Nats, 8-4.

The Phils, after suffering through another long rain delay, took the lead in the third as, with one man on, and with one man out, John Mayberry, Jr. hits an RBI triple, knocking in Jimmy Rollins, who had earlier doubled, giving the Phils a 1-0 lead. The Phils then took a 2-0 lead as Chase Utley knocked in Mayberry with an RBI double. The Phils then made it a 3-0 lead as Ryan Howard followed Utley with an RBI single, scoring Utley. Three batters later, after Hunter Pence had hit a single, moving Howard up to second base, and then a force out on a grounder hit by Raul Ibanez, that sent Howard to third base, while wiping out Pence at second base, the Phils took a 4-0 lead as Carlos Ruiz hits an RBI single, scoring Howard, while sending Ibanez up to second base. The Nats got a run back in their half of the third as, with one man on, and with two men out, Ian Desmond hits an RBI double, scoring Wilson Ramos, who had earlier singled, then moved up to second base on Livan Hernandez’s sacrifice bunt, cutting the Phils’ lead down to 4-1. The Nats cut the Phils’ lead down to 4-2 in the fifth as, with one man out, Ramos hits a solo home run, his tenth home run of the year. The Nats then erupted in the ninth as, with two men on, via singles by Jayson Werth and Danny Espinosa, with Werth stopping at second base on Espinosa’s single, and with nobody out, Jonny Gomes hits an RBI single, scoring Werth, making it a 4-3 Phils’ lead, while sending Espinosa up to second base. Three batters later, after Ramos’ sacrifice bunt, 1-2-4, moved both runners up a base, and then an intentional walk to pinch hitter Jesus Flores loaded up the bases, Desmond tied the game up at four-all as he hits an RBI single, scoring Espinosa, while sending Gomes up to third base, and Flores up to second base, reloading the bases. After striking out Rick Ankiel for the inning’s second out, Madson tried to get out Ryan Zimmerman, to send the game into extra-innings. Instead, Zimmerman, with the count full, hits a grand-slam home run, his ninth home run of the year, knocking in Gomes, Flores and Desmond, giving the Nats an 8-4 walk-off win.

Kyle Kendrick, who was suppose to be starting tonight’s game, but was made the Phils’ starter because of concerns about Roy Oswalt and his back, because of the long rain delay, got a no-decision as he went six innings, giving up two runs on five hits and a walk, while he struck out four. Brad Lidge recorded his third hold of the year as he pitched a 1-2-3 inning, striking out a batter. Antonio Bastardo collected his fourteenth hold of the season as he also pitched a 1-2-3 inning, striking out one. Ryan Madson received his second blown save of the season, before he took the lost (3-2, 3.25), as he pitched only two-thirds of an inning, giving up six runs on five hits and a walk, striking out a batter. Livan Hernandez also received a no-decision, as he went four innings, giving up four runs on seven hits and two walks. Tom Gorzelanny and Sean Burnett combined for four scoreless innings, giving up a hit (Gorzelanny) and a walk (Burnett), while striking out four (two batters each) between them. Todd Coffey (4-1, 4.13) got the win as he pitched a 1-2-3 inning.

The Phils had eight hits in the game, with Carlos Ruiz leading the team with two hits, a single and a double, knocking in a run. Jimmy Rollins (Double), John Mayberry, Jr. (Triple, RBI), Chase Utley (Double, RBI), Ryan Howard (Single, RBI), Hunter Pence (Single) and Wilson Valdez (Single), had the other six Phils’ hits.

The Phils (80-43, 1st) will continue their series with the Nats (60-63, 4th) with a night game later tonight. The game will be played at Nationals Park and will start at 7:05 pm EDT. The Phils will send to the mound Roy Oswalt (5-7, 3.84), who was oiginally to be last night’s starter, before the long rain delay, who is coming off a win against the Nats on August 13, as he went seven innings, giving up three runs on six hits and a walk, while striking out five, in the Phils’ 11-3 win. He will be out for his second straight win since coming off the DL, and to even up the series for the Phils. The Nats will try to counter with John Lannan (8-8, 3.55), who is coming off a lost against the Phils on August 13, as he went only three innings, giving up seven runs, only one of which was earned, on four hits and five walks, as he struck out just one batter, in the Nats’ 11-3 lost. He will be trying to give the Nats the series win. The Phils will be out to get payback for last night’s lost.

Roy Oswalt wins his first start since coming back from the DL as the offense take advantage of Nats’ mistakes as the Phils win, 11-3.

Roy Oswalt wins his first start after coming off the DL, as the bats take advantage of several Nats’ mistakes, as the Phils beat the Nats, 11-3.

The Phils took the lead in the first as. with one man on, and with two men out, Ryan Howard hits a two-run home run, his twenty-sixth home run of the year, knocking in Jimmy Rollins, who began the game reaching base on second baseman Danny Espinosa’s fielding error, giving the Phils a 2-0 lead. The Nats cut the Phils’ lead in the second as, with a runner on third, and with one man out, Laynce Nix hits an RBI double, knocking in Michael Morse, who had earlier doubled, then went to third on Jayson Werth’s fly out, cutting the Phils’ lead down to 2-1. Two batters later, the Nats’ tied the game up at two-all as Ian Desmond hits an RBI single, scoring Nix, before moving up to second base on Raul Ibanez’s late throw to the plate. The Phils regain the lead in the third as, with runners on the corners, and with nobody out, Howard hits an RBI single, scoring Shane Victorino, who had been safe at first on shortstop Desmond’s throwing error, then stopped at third on Chase Utley’s single, giving the Phils a 3-2 lead, while sending Utley, who had just singled, on to third base. Two batters later, with the bases loaded, after Hunter Pence had walked, the Phils added to their lead as Ibanez hits an RBI ground out, 3-1, for the inning’s first out, scoring Utley, to give the Phils a 4-2 lead, while sending Howard on to third base, and Pence up to second base. Three batters later, after Carlos Ruiz had been intentionally walked to reload the bases, and then Wilson Valdez had hit into a force out at the plate, 1-2, as Nats’ starter John Lannan had made a good play on his grounder, beating Howard with his throw to the plate for the second out, while the other two runners both moved up a base, leaving the bases loaded, the Phils took a 5-2 lead as Roy Oswalt walked, forcing home Pence, while sending Ruiz over to third, and Valdez up to second as the bases remained loaded. Jimmy Rollins then followed with an infield single to short, knocking in Ruiz, giving the Phils a 6-2 lead, before it became a 7-2 Phils’ lead as Valdez, who had kept on running, scored as well, while Oswalt stopped at second. The Nats got a run back in the sixth as, with one man on, and with one man out, Morse hits an RBI single, scoring Ryan Zimmerman, who had earlier singled, then went to second base on Oswalt’s wild pitch, making it a 7-3 Phils’ lead. The Phils got the run back in their half of the sixth as, with the bases loaded once again, via a strikeout-wild pitch on Rollins, allowing him to reach first base, a single by Victorino. moving Rollins up to second base, and a force attempt fielding error by first baseman Morse, allowing Utley to reach first base, as Rollins stopped at third, and Victorino reached second base, and with one man out, Howard hits into an RBI force out, 3-6, wiping out Utley at second base for the second out, before Howard beats the throw back to first base, allowing Rollins to score, giving the Phils an 8-3 lead, while Victorno would stop at third base. The Phils then increased their lead in the eighth as, with the bases once more loaded, via a walk to Rollins, a single by Victorino, sending Rollins on to second base, a Ryan Mattheus’ wild pitch that moved both runners up a base and an intentional walk to Howard, and with one man out, Pence hits an RBI single, scoring Rollins, giving the Phils a 9-3 lead, while moving both Victorino and Howard up a base, leaving the bases loaded. Ibanez then made it a 10-3 lead as he hits a sacrifice fly to left, knocking in Victorino. The Phils then took an 11-3 lead as Ruiz hits an RBI single, knocking in Howard, while sending Pence up to second base. That would be the final score as Michael Stutes would throw his second scoreless inning in relief of Oswalt.

Roy Oswalt (5-7, 3.84) gets the win as he went seven innings, giving up three runs on six hits and a walk, while striking out five. Michael Stutes pitched two scoreless innings, giving up a hit and a walk, while striking out one. John Lannan (8-8, 3.55) took the lost as he lasted just three innings, giving up seven runs, only one of which was earned, thanks to three Nats’ errors, on four hits and five walks, while striking out only one. Collin Balester pitched three innings, giving up a run on a hit, while striking out three. Henry Rodriguez pitched an inning, plus two batters, giving up two runs on two hits and a walk, as he struck out a batter. Ryan Mattheus also pitched an inning, giving up a run on two hits and a walk.

The Phils had nine hits in the ballgame, with Shane Victorino (Singles) and Ryan Howard (Single, Home Run, 4 RBIs) both leading the team with two hits each. Jimmy Rollins (RBI), Chase Utley, Hunter Pence (RBI), Carlos Ruiz (RBI) and Wilson Valdez had the other five Phils hits, all singles. Raul Ibanez knocked in two runs, via a ground out and a sac fly and Roy Oswalt, via a walk, forced in a run. The final Phil run scored as Valdez kept on running from second base on Rollins’ infield single, following Ruiz across the plate.

The Phils (78-41, 1st) are not playing today as their game with the Nats was rained out. Their next game will be Tuesday night against the Diamondbacks.

The Phils start their latest home stand with a lost as they drop one to the Nats, 4-1.

The Phils begin their latest home stand with a lost as they drop one to the Nationals, 4-1.

The Nats took the lead in the second as, with two men on, and with one man out, Livan Hernandez helped his cause with an RBI single, knocking in Wilson Ramos, who had earlier singled, then went to second base on Laynce Nix’s walk, giving the Nats a 1-0 lead, while sending Nix, who had earlier walked, on to second base. The Nats then took a 2-0 lead as the next batter, Rick Ankiel, hits an RBI single, knocking in Nix, while sending Hernandez on to second base. The Phils got a run back in their half of the second as, with two men on, and with two men out, Wilson Valdez hits an RBI single, knocking in Ryan Howard, who had earlier reached base on second baseman Danny Espinosa’s fielding error, stopped at second base on Raul Ibanez’s single, then went to third on Carlos Ruiz’s fly out, cutting the Nationals’ lead down to 2-1, while sending Ibanez, who had earlier singled, up to second base. The Nats added to their lead in the fifth as, with the bases loaded, via a single by Ankiel, who then stole second base, a single by Espinosa, sending Ankiel on to third base, and a walk to Ryan Zimmerman, sending Espinosa up to second base, and with one man out, Jayson Werth hits an RBI ground out, 3-unassisted, scoring Ankiel, giving the Nats a 3-1 lead, while moving both Espinosa and Zimmerman up a base. The Nats then made it a 4-1 lead in the sixth as, with one man on, and with one man out, Hernandez hits an RBI single, knocking in Ian Desmond, who had earlier hit a ground-rule double. The Phils tried to rally in the ninth as, with two men on, and with one man out, Hunter Pence hits a sacrifice fly, scoring Shane Victorino, who had earlier singled, then went to third on Chase Utley’s single, cutting the Nats’ lead down to 4-2. Drew Storen then ended the rally by getting Ibanez to pop out to the second baseman for the final out, thus recording his thirty-first save of the season.

Cole Hamels (13-7, 2.62) took the lost as he went five innings, giving up three runs on six hits and four walks, while striking out five.  Kyle Kendrick pitched three innings, giving up a run on two hits and a walk, while striking out one. Brad Lidge pitched a scoreless inning, giving up a hit, while striking out a batter. Livan Hernandez (7-11, 4.21) got the win as he went six and two-thirds innings, giving up an unearned run on four hits and a walk, while striking out three. Tyler Clippard recorded his thirtieth hold of the season as he pitched one and one-third scoreless innings, striking out a batter. Drew Storen recorded his thirty-first save of the year, as he pitched an inning, giving up a run on two hits, as he struck out a batter.

The Phils had only six hits in the ballgame, with Ryan Howard leading the team with two hits, both singles. Shane Victorino, Chase Utley, Raul Ibanez and Wilson Valdez (RBI), had the other four Phils’ hits, all singles. Hunter Pence knocked in the other Phil run with a sacrifice fly.

The Phils (77-41, 1st) will continue their series with the Nats (57-61, 4th) with a night game tonight. The game will be played at Citizens Bank Park and will start at 7:05 pm EDT. The Phils will send to the mound Roy Oswalt (4-7, 3.84), who is coming off a lost to the Giants on August 7, as he pitched six innings, giving up three runs on twelve hits and two walks, while striking out four, in the Phils’ 3-1 lost. He will be out to even the series in his second start back from his injury. The Nats will counter with John Lannan (8-7, 3.56), who is coming off a no-decision against the Rockies on August 7, as he went six innings, giving up a run on six hits and four walks, while he struck out three, in the Nats’ 3-2 win. He will be trying to give the Nats the series win. The Phils will be out to even the series while hoping that the old Oswalt will be back with this start.

The Phils come up short as they lose to the Nats, 2-1.

The Phils come up a little short as they drop the series to the Nats as they lose, 2-1.

The Nats took a 1-0 lead in the first as, with one man on, and with one man out, Jayson Werth hits an RBI single, knocking in Roger Bernadina, who had earlier singled, then moved up to second base on Ian Desmond’s sacrifice bunt, 5-3, giving the Nats a 1-0 lead. The Phils tied the game up at one-all in the second as, with two men on, and with one man out, Ryan Howard, who had earlier doubled, would score on a Alex Cora fielding error of a Carlos Ruiz grounder, while Ben Francisco, who had earlier walked, would stop at second base, while Ruiz would be safe at first. The Phils tried to take the lead in the third as, with John Mayberry, Jr., who was earlier hit by the pitch, and then stole second base, and with two men out, tried to score on a grounder hit into right center field by Howard against the infield shift for an infield single, but was thrown out at home plate by second baseman Danny Espinosa, 4-2, for the inning’s final out. The Nats then retook the lead in their half of the third as, with two men out, Laynce Nix hits a solo home run, his ninth home run of the season, giving the Nats a 2-1 lead. The Phils tried to retied the game in the sixth, as they loaded the bases, via a walk by Francisco, a single by Raul Ibanez, sending Francisco up to second base, and a walk by pinch hitter Jimmy Rollins, and with two men out, but ended up being denied as pinch hitter Dom Brown flied out to left for the final out. That would be the last threat the Phils would mustard before Drew Storen would come in and collect his tenth save with a scoreless ninth.

Roy Oswalt (3-3, 2.70) took the lost as he pitched five innings, giving up two runs on six hits and two walks, while striking out three. Michael Stutes and Antonio Bastardo combined for three scoreless innings, giving up a walk (Bastardo), while striking out three (Stutes (2), Bastardo (1)) between them. John Lannan (3-5, 4.05) gets the win, his first against the Phils, as he pitched five and one-third innings, giving up an unearned run on four hits, a hit batter and three walks, while striking out a batter. Todd Coffey received his first hold of the season as he pitched a third of an inning, as he walked a better. Doug Slaten also collected his first hold of the season as he pitched a third of an inning, getting out the only man that he would face. Tyler Clippard collected his twelfth hold of the year as he pitched two 1-2-3 innings. Drew Storen picked up his tenth save of the season as he pitched a scoreless inning, giving up a hit, while striking out a batter.

The Phils had only five hits in the game, with Ryan Howard leading the team with two hits, an infield single and a double. Placido Polanco (Single), Raul Ibanez (Single) and Jimmy Rollins (Bunt Single), had the other three Phils’ hits, as the offense could not get a key hit, as their only run came in on a Nats’s error.

The Phils (34-22, 1st) have the day off tomorrow, before starting a three-game series with the Pirates (25-28, 4th Central) in Pittsburgh.