Tagged: John Lannan

The Phils have made several changes towards the end of 2012, which they hope will lead them back into the payoffs in 2013.

Philadelphia_PhilliesFirst off, I would like to take the time to say, Happy New Year’s, folks. Second, sorry for the lack of posts, but, I got too busy with other things to get myself in gear to do new posts. But, I now got the time, and boy, do I have a lot to cover, as the Phils made some wheeling and dealing and small-scale free agent signings which they hope will put them into position to get back into the playoffs this upcoming October.

First, in the Rule Five Draft they picked up outfielder Ender Inciarte from the Arizona Diamondbacks, whom they hope will anchor centerfield in a few seasons, while drafting in the Triple-A Phase of the draft right-handed pitcher Brendan Lafferty from the Kansas City Royals organization, while not losing a player to the draft.

On the same day, December 6, they made a trade with the Minnesota Twins, getting centerfielder Paul Revere, in exchange for minor league right-handed pitching prospect Trevor May and, coming as a complete surprise to most, right-handed starter Vance Worley. Revere, who appeared in 124 games for the Twins, batted .294 (150 for 511), hitting 13 doubles and 6 triples, as he scored 70 times, while knocking in 32. He had also stole 40 bases, ranking him third in the AL for 2012, being caught just 9 times. May spent 2012 pitching for the Reading Phillies (now the Fighting Phillies). Worley, who was placed on the disabled list towards the end of the 2012 season, before having an operation to remove bone chips from his elbow, would pitch in 23 games for the Phils before being shut down, all starts, as he collected a 6-9 record, with a 4.20 ERA and a WHIP of 1.51, as he pitched in 133 innings, giving up 154 hits and 69 runs, 62 of which were earned, as he struck out 107 batters, while walking only 47. Sorry to see you go, Vance, and I wish you luck in Minnesota, as long as you don’t pitch against the Phils. And, welcome to the team, Paul. I hope you’ll enjoy your stay here.

Then, on December 8, the Phils announced that they had made another trade, this one with the Texas Rangers, as they brought in Michael Young to take over duties at third base, in exchange for right-handed relief pitcher Josh Lindblom and pitching prospect Lisalverto Bonilla. Michael Young, who has also played first base, second base and shortstop, appeared in 156 games for the former American League Champs (2010-11) batting .277 (169 for 611), as he hit 27 doubles, 3 triples and 8 home runs during the season, knocking in 67 runs, while scoring 79 times. He also walked 33 times. Josh Lindblom, who had started the 2012 season pitching relief for the Los Angeles before being traded to the Phils as part of a trade involving Shane Victorino, appeared in 74 games for both clubs, all in relief, posting a combined record of 3-5 with one save in four save opportunities, as he fielded an ERA of 3.55 and a WHIP of 1.35. He pitched in 71 innings, allowing 61 hits and 31 runs to score, of which 28 were earned. He walked 35 batters while striking out 70. Bonilla spent 2012 pitching for Clearwater and then Reading in the Phils’ farm system. Welcome to the team, Michael. I hope that you can help the team via both your bat and your glove, especially the later, as it looks like you may not just be covering the hot corner of third base during the season.

After the two trades, the Phils then made a pair of minor free agent signings, both pitchers, one a reliever and the other a starter. First, they signed to a two-years, $12 million dollars contract, with relief pitcher Mike Adams, formerly of the Rangers, who will be acting as the eight-inning bridge to Jonathan Papelbon, as he plans to take over an inning that was a major problem for the ballclub all season long. For the Rangers, Adams pitched in 61 games, compiling a 5-3 record with a 3.27 ERA and a WHIP of 1.39, as well as collecting a save in two save attempts. He would pitch in 52 and a third innings, giving up 56 hits and 21 runs, 19 of which were earned, as he struck out 45 batters, while walking only 17. The Phils then signed former Washington Nationals’ starter John Lannan, who is to become the Phils’ fifth starter, to replace Worley in the rotation, to a one-year deal worth $2.5 million dollars. Lannan, who had spent his entire career with the Nats, before becoming a free agent, appeared in only six games last year, all of them starts, as he compiled a record of 4-1 with a 4.13 ERA and a WHIP of 1.44, as he pitched a total of 32 and two-thirds innings, giving up 33 hits and 15 runs, all earned. He struck out 17 batters, while walking 14. During his six seasons with the Nats, Lannan had a win-lost record of 42-52, as he compiled an ERA of 4.01 and a career WHIP of 1.42, as he pitched a total of 783 and two-thirds innings, while appearing in 134 games, all starts. He would give up a total of 820 hits, as opponents scored 393 times, with 349 of those runs being earned. He would strikeout a total of 410 batters, while walking just 296. Welcome to the ballclub, guys. I hope that you two were worth the money spent.

The Phils have during the month mention that they would like to add a veteran corner outfielder, either via free agent signing or another trade, but it looks like they have the club they want before they enter spring training next month. I’m just hoping this team will improve on their third place finish last year.

The Phils shutout the Nationals, as they positioned themselves to at least end the season at .500, as they win 2-0.

The Phils will end up with at least a  .500 record as they shutout the Nats, 2-0.

The Phils took the lead in the second as, with two men on, and with one man out, Darin Ruf hits a two-run triple, knocking in Carlos Ruiz, who had started the inning off with a walk, then moved up to second base on Dom Brown’s single, and Brown, who has just singled, giving the Phils a 2-0 lead. That would be all the runs they would need as Kyle Kendrick would pitch seven shutout innings, giving up just four hits and a walk, while the bullpen would combine for two shutout innings, with Phillippe Aumont collecting his second career save as he threw a 1-2-3 ninth.

Kyle Kendrick (11-12, 3.90) got the win as he threw seven shutout innings, giving up four scattered hits and a walk, while striking out four. Justin De Fratus collected his fifth hold of the year as he pitched two-thirds of an inning, giving up a hit and a walk. Jeremy Horst collected his sixth hold of the season as he threw a third of an inning, striking out the only batter that he would face. Phillippe Aumont received his second career save as he pitched a 1-2-3 inning, striking out a batter. John Lannan (4-1, 4.13) took the lost as he pitched five innings, giving up two runs on six hits and three walks, while he struck out two. Craig Stammen, Ryan Mattheus and Drew Storen combined for four 1-2-3 innings, striking out seven batters (Stammen (6), Mattheus (1)) between them.

The Phils had six hits in the game, with Ken Frandsen (Singles) and Dom Brown (Single, Double) leading the ballclub with two hits apiece. Ty Wigginton (Single) and Darin Ruf (Triple, 2 RBIs) had the other two Phils’ hits. The Phils also had three walks in the ballgame.

The Phils (81-79, 3rd) will continue their series with the 2012 National League Eastern Division Champions Nationals (96-64, 1st), who had clinched the East as the Braves lost to tbe Pirates, with a night game tonight. The game will be played at Nationals Park, and will start at 7:05 pm EDT. The Phils will send to the mound B.J. Rosenberg (1-2, 6.86), who will be making his first major league start. His last appearance in relief was on September 26 against the Nationals, as he threw three scoreless innings, giving up a walk, while striking out three, in the Phils’ 8-4 lost. He will be trying to help the Phils secure their tenth straight season with a winning record. The Nats will counter with Tom Gorzelanny (4-2, 2.90), who is also coming out of the bullpen. His last relief appearance was 0n September 28 against the Cardinals, as he pitched two and two-thirds scoreless innings,  giving up a hit and two walks, while striking out two batters, in the Nats’ 12-2 lost. He’ll be out to even up the series for the Nats. The Phils will be out to win their last series.

The Phils offense give Cole Hamels his career-high 17th win as they defeat the Marlins, 4-1.

Cole Hamels wins his career-high 17th start as they Phils defeat the Marlins, 4-1.

The Phils took the lead in the first as, with two men on, and with nobody out, Chase Utley hits a sacrifice fly, scoring Jimmy Rollins, who had started the game off with a walk, then reached third base on Juan Pierre’s single, as he beat center fielder Gorkys Hernandez’s throw, while Pierre would move up to second base on the throw, just beating the throw to second base, giving the Phils a 1-0 lead. The Phils then took a 2-0 lead as Carlos Ruiz hits an RBI double, easily scoring Pierre. The Phils then added to their lead two batters later as, with Ruiz still on second base, as he just got back to second base as shortstop Jose Reyes’ throw to second base, after he had caught Dom Brown’s line drive for the inning’s second out, went wide of the bag, and with two men out, Nate Schierholtz hits an RBI single, knocking in Ruiz, giving the Phils a 3-0 lead. The Marlins tried to get on the scoreboard in the fourth as, with runners on second and third, and with one man out, Bryan Petersen, who had earlier singled, then stopped at third base on Reyes’ double, tried to score on Giancarlo Stanton’s grounder to third, but is tagged out at the plate by catcher Ruiz, thanks to an excellent throw home by third baseman Pete Orr, for a 5-2 fielder’s choice out, as Stanton reached first base on the play, while Reyes, who had earlier doubled, stayed at second base. One batter later, after Cole Hamels had committed a throwing error as he tried to pick off Reyes at second base, allowing both Reyes and Stanton to move up a base, with runners once again on second and third, and now with two men out, the Marlins finally got on the scoreboard as Carlos Lee hits an RBI single, making it a 3-1 Phils’ lead as Reyes scores, but, as Stanton tries to score as well, he is thrown out at home thanks to a strong throw by right fielder Brown, 9-2, as Ruiz applies the tag, for the inning’s final out. The Phils added an insurance run in the eighth as, with runners on the corners, and with nobody out, Brown hits a sacrifice fly, knocking in Utley, who had started the inning off with a single, then stopped at third base on Ruiz’s single, giving the Phils a 4-1 lead. That would end up being the final as Jonathan Papelbon recorded his thirty-eighth save of the season as he pitched a scoreless ninth.

Cole Hamels (17-6, 3.05) got the win as he went seven innings, giving up a run on five hits and a walk, while striking out eight. Antonio Bastardo collected his twenty-sixth hold of the year as he threw a 1-2-3 inning, striking out two. Jonathan received his thirty-eighth save of the year as he pitched a scoreless inning, giving up two hits, while striking out two. Nathan Eovaldi (4-13, 4.30) took the lost as he pitched six innings, giving up three runs on six hits and a walk, while striking out seven. Dan Jennings pitched a scoreless inning, giving up a walk, while striking out a batter. Mike Dunn pitched a third of an inning, giving up a run on three hits. Ryan Webb would pitched two-thirds of an inning, giving up no runs or hits. Heath Bell pitched a 1-2-3 inning, striking out a batter.

The Phils had nine hits in the game, with Carlos Ruiz (RBI) leading the team with three hits, two singles and a double, followed by Nate Schierholtz (RBI) with two singles. Juan Pierre, Chase Utley (RBI), Darin Ruf and Pete Orr had the other four Phils’ hits, all singles. Dom Brown knocked in the final Phil’s run with a sacrifice fly. The Phils also had two walks in the ballgame.

The Phils (80-79, 3rd) will play their final series of the 2012 season against the Nats (96-63, 1st), starting 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 Kyle Kendrick (10-12, 4.08), who is coming off a lost against the Nats on September 26, as he lasted only two innings, giving up four runs on five hits and two walks, while striking out a batter, in the Phils’ 8-4 lost. He will be trying to end 2012 with a good start. The Nats will counter with John Lannan (4-0, 4.23), who is coming off a win against the Phils on September 26, as he went five and two-thirds innings, giving up two runs on five hits and a walk, while striking out three, in the Nats’ 8-4 win. He’ll be going for his third straight win against the Phils. The Phils will be out to keep the Nats from winning the division tonight.

The Phils are brought closer to elimination as they drop one to the Nats, 8-4.

The Phils are hurt early by the long ball as they lose to the Nats, 8-4.

The Nats took the lead in the first as, with one man on, and with nobody out, Bryce Harper hits a two-run home run, his twentieth home run of the season, knocking in Jayson Werth, who had started the game off with a walk, giving the Nats a 2-0 lead. The Nats made it a 3-0 lead in the second as Ian Desmond hits a lead-off home run, his twenty-fifth home run of the year. The Nats added to their lead two batters later as, with one man on, and with still nobody out, Kurt Suzuki hits a two-run home run, his sixth home run of the season, scoring Steve Lombardozzi, who had earlier reached base on second baseman Chase Utley’s fielding error, giving the Nats a 5-0 lead. The Phils got a run back in the thrid as, with a runner on second, and with nobody out, Kevin Frandsen, who had started the inning off with a double, would move up to third base on B.J. Rosenberg’s sacrifice bunt attempt, before scoring as catcher Suzuki committed as throwing error allowing Rosenberg to reach first base, making it a 5-1 Nats’ lead. The Phils then made it a 5-2 Nats’ lead in the fourth as, with a man on third, and with two men out, Rosenberg hits an RBI single, his first career hit as he knocked in his first career RBI. The Phils cut the Nats’ lead down to 5-3 in the seventh as, with two men out, Jimmy Rollins hits a solo home run, his twenty-third home run of the season. The Phils then made it a 5-4 Nats’ lead in the eighth as, with runners on the corners, and with one man out, Dom Brown hits a sacrifice fly, scoring Utley, who had started the inning off with a double, then moved up to third on pitcher Tyler Clippard’s wild pitch. The Nats increased their lead in the ninth as, with runners on second and third, and with two men out, Werth hits a two-run single, scoring Desmond, who had started the inning off with a walk, stole second base, then stopped at third base on Suzuki’s single, and Suzuki, who had earlier singled, then stole second base, giving the Nats a 7-4 lead. The Nats then added to their lead as Harper hits an RBI triple, knocking in Werth, giving the Nats an 8-4 lead. That would end up being the final score as Drew Storen threw a 1-2-3 ninth.

Kye Kendrick (10-12, 4.08) took the lost as he pitched just two innings, plus two batters, as he gave up five runs, only four of which were earned, on five hits and two walks, while he struck out a batter. B.J. Rosenberg pitched three innings, giving up a walk, while striking out three. Josh Lindblom and Jeremy Horst combined for three scoreless innings, giving up a hit (Horst) between them, while striking out three (Lindblom (2), Horst (1)). Justin De Fratus pitched two-thirds of an inning, giving up three runs on two hits and a walk, while striking out a batter. Antonio Bastardo pitched a third of an inning, giving up a hit, while striking out a batter. John Lannan (4-0, 4.23) got the win as he went five and a third innings, giving up two runs on five hits and a walk, while striking out three. Ryan Mattheus collected his sixteenth hold of the season as he pitched one and two-thirds innings, giving up a run on a hit, while striking out a batter. Tyler Clippard collected his eleventh hold of the year as he gave up a run on two hits, a walk and a wild pitch, while striking out two. Drew Storen pitched a 1-2-3 inning, striking out a batter.

The Phils had eight hits in the ballgame, with Chase Utley (Single, Double) and Kevin Frandsen (Double, Triple) both leading the team with two hits apiece. Jimmy Rollins (Home Run, RBI), John Mayberry, Jr. (Single), Darin Ruf (Single) and B.J. Rosenberg (Single, RBI) had the other four Phils’ hits. Dom Brown knocked in the third Phil’s run with a sacrifice fly, while the final one came in on a Nats’ error. The Phils also had two walks in the game.

The Phils (78-77, 3rd) will conclude their last home series with the Nats (94-61, 1st) 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 Tyler Cloyd (2-1, 3.86), who is coming off a win against the Mets on September 20, as he pitched eight strong innings, giving up a run on three hits and two walks, while striking out six, in the Phils’ 16-1 rout. He will be trying to give the Phils the series win. The Nats will counter with Gio Gonzalez (20-8, 2.84), who is coming off a win against the Brewers on September 22, as he went seven scoreless innings, giving up three hits and a walk, while striking out five, in the Nats’ 10-4 win. He will be trying to put the Nats closer to winning the NL East crown. The Phils will be planning to end the season at home on a high note.

The Phils give Cole Hamels his career high 16th win, as they made sure that the Nats will not clinch the East in Philly as they win by the score of 6-3.

The Phils made sure that the Nats will not be having a division clinching celebration at the Bank, as they secure Cole Hamels career high 16th win as they defeat the Nats, 6-3.

The Nats took the lead in the second as, with a runner on second, and with two men out, Kurt Suzuki hits an RBI single, knocking in Danny Espinsosa, who had earlier walked, then stole second base, giving the Nats a 1-0 lead. The Phils tied the game up at one-all in their half of the second as, with two men out, Darin Ruf hits a solo home run, his first career home run, and his first career hit. The Phils took the lead in the third as, with two men on, and with nobody out, Ryan Howard hits an RBI single, knocking in John Mayberry, Jr., who had started the inning off with a walk, then moved up to second base on Chase Utley’s walk, giving the Phils a 2-1 lead, while sending Utley, who had just walk, up to second base. The Phils then took a 5-1 lead as Carlos Ruiz followed with a three-run home run, his career high sixteenth home run of the season, scoring both Utley and Howard. The Nats got a run back in the fifth as, with a runner on second base, and with two men out, Bryce Harper hits an RBI single, scoring Suzuki, who had started the inning off with a single, then stopped at second base on Ross Detwiler’s sacrifice bunt, 2-4, making it a 5-2 Phils’ lead, before moving up to second base on the late throw to the plate. The Nats then made it a 5-3 Phils’ lead as Ryan Zimmerman hits an RBI single, knocking in Harper. The Phils added an insurance run in the sixth as Dom Brown hits a lead-off home run, his fifth home run of the season, giving the Phils a 6-3 lead. That would end up being the final score as Jonathan Papelbon would record his thirty-seventh save of the season as he pitched a scoreless ninth.

Cole Hamels (16-6, 3.11) got the win as he pitched five innings, giving up three runs on seven hits and a walk, while striking out six. Scott Lindblom collected his twenty-second hold of the season as he threw a 1-2-3 inning, striking out a batter. Justin De Fratus collected his third hold of the year as he pitched two-thirds of an inning, getting out both men whom he would face, striking out a batter. Antonio Bastardo collected his twenty-fourth hold of the year as he pitched a third of an inning, striking out the only man that he would face. Phillippe Aumont collected his fifth hold of the year as he threw a 1-2-3 inning. Jonathan Papelbon collected his thirty-seventh save of the year as he pitched a scoreless inning, giving up a hit, while striking out two batters. Ross Detwiler (10-7, 3.28) took the lost as he pitched five innings as well, giving up five runs on five hits and three walks, while striking out three. Craig Stammen pitched two-thirds of an inning, giving up a run on two hits and two walks, as he struck out a batter. Michael Gonzalez pitched a third of an inning, getting out the only man whom he would face. Zach Duke pitched two 1-2-3 innings, striking out three.

The Phils had seven hits in the game, with Darin Huf (RBI) leading the team with two hits, a single and a solo home run. Chase Utley (Single), Ryan Howard (Single, RBI), Carlos Ruiz (Home Run, 3 RBIs), Dom Brown (Home Run, RBI) and Kevin Frandsen (Double) had the other five Phils’ hits. The Phils also had five walks in the game.

The Phils (78-76, 3rd) will continue their series with the Nats (93-61, 1st) with a ballgame tonight. The game will be played at Citizens Bank Park, and is to start at 7:05 pm EDT. The Phils will send to the mound Kyle Kendrick (10-11, 3.89) who is coming off a win against the Braves on September 21, As he went six and two-thirds innings, giving up two runs on five hits and a walk, while striking out six,  in the Phils’ 6-2 win. He will be out to even his record. The Nats will counter with John Lannan (3-0, 4.43), who is coming off a no-decision against the Dodgers on September 19, as he went just three and two-thirds innings, giving up six runs on eight hits and two walks, while striking out three, in the Nats’ 7-6 lost. He will be trying to help even up the series. The Phils will be out to win the series.

33 games in 31 days: Game #26: The Phils losing streak hits five straight for the first time in 2011, despite scoring five runs for the first time since Saturday, as they lose to the Nats, 7-5.

Despite scoring five runs for the first time since they had clinched their division, the Phils losing streak reaches five games for the first time in 2011, as they fall to the Nats, 7-5.

The Nats took the lead in the second as, with one man on, and with two men out, Wilson Ramos hits a two-run home run, his fourteenth home run of the year, knocking in Chris Marrero, who had earlier singled, giving the Nats a 2-0 lead. The Phils got a run back in their half of the second as, with two men on, and with one man out, Ben Francisco hits an RBI single, knocking in John Mayberry, Jr., who had earlier singled, then stopped at second base on Raul Ibanez’s single, making it a 2-1 Nats’ lead, while sending Ibanez, who had just singled, up to second base. Two batters later, after Brian Schneider had loaded up the bases with a single, moving both Ibanez and Francisco up a base, and with still one man out, Vance Worley tied the game up at two-all with an RBI single, knocking in Ibanez, while sending Francisco to third and moving Schnieder up to second base. The Phils took the lead in the third as, with one man on, and with two men out, Ibanez knocked in Mayberry, who had earlier singled, stole second base, then went to third on catcher Ramos’ throwing error, giving the Phils a 3-2 lead. The Nats regain the lead in the sixth as, with one man on, and with one man out, Danny Espinosa hits a two-run home run, his twenty-first home run of the year, scoring Michael Morse, who had just singled, giving the Nats a 4-3 lead. The Nats added to their lead in the eighth as, with two men on, and with nobody out, Espinosa, who had earlier been hit by a pitch, then went to second base on Marrero’s walk, would score on pitcher Antonio Bastardo’s throwing error of Rick Ankiel’s bunt attempt, as he tried to force out Espinosa at third, giving the Nats a 5-3 lead, while allowing Marrero, who had just walked, to reach third base, and Ankiel to reach second base. The Nats then made it a 6-3 lead one batter later as Ramos hits an RBI single, scoring Marrero, while Ankiel would stop at third, putting runners on the corners. Pinch hitter Jonny Gomes then made it a 7-3 Nats’ lead as he hits a sacrifice fly, scoring Ankiel. The Phils got two runs back in their half of the eighth as, with one man on, and with nobody out, Mayberry hits a two-run home run, his fifteenth home runs of the season, scoring Chase Utley, who had just walked, making it a 7-5 Nats’  lead. That would end up being the final score as Henry Rodriguez collected his first save of the year as he pitched a 1-2-3 ninth.

Vance Worley (11-3, 3.00) took the lost as he went six innings, giving up four runs on six hits and three walks, while striking out six. Joe Blanton pitched a scoreless inning, giving up a hit, as he struck out one. Justin De Fratus pitched to two batters, getting neither one out, as he gave up two runs on a hit batter and a walk. Antonio Bastardo pitched an inning, as he gave up two runs on two hits and an error, while striking out a batter. Michael Schwimer pitched a scoreless inning, giving up a hit. John Lannan (10-13, 3.73) got the win as he went five innings, giving up three runs on eight hits and a walk, while striking out three. Craig Stammen collected his first hold of the year as he pitched two scoreless innings, giving up a hit, while striking out one. Atahualpa Severino pitched a third of an inning, giving up two runs on a hit and a walk, while striking out one. Todd Coffey collected his tenth hold of the year as he pitched two-thirds of an inning, getting out both men that he would face, striking out one. Henry Rodriguez collected his first save of the year as he pitched a 1-2-3 ninth.

The Phils had ten hits in the ballgame, with John Mayberry, Jr. (Singles, Home Run, 2 RBIs) and Ben Francisco (Singles, RBI) leading the team with three hits each. Raul Ibanez followed with two hits, both singles, knocking in a run. Brian Schneider and Vance Worley (RBI), had the other two Phils’ hits, both singles, as the offense finally scored more than five runs in a game since Saturday, but still lost. Still, the offense need to get out of its present hitting funk, especially the first four batters, as they have been in a collective 0-fer stupor since Saturday. Hopefully the expected return of Ryan Howard will help the team.

The Phils (98-57, 1st) will play their last regular season home game with the Nats (75-79, 3rd) 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 (8-9, 3.66), who is coming off a win against the Cardinals on September 17, as he pitched seven shutout innings, giving up five hits, as he struck out seven, in the Phils’ 9-2 win. He hope to put an end to the Phils’ five-game losing streak. The Nats will counter with Brad Peacock (1-0, 1.42), who is coming off a win against the Mets on September 14, as he went five innings, giving up two hits and three walks, while striking out two, in the Nats’ 2-0 win. He will try to add to the Phils’ present woes. The Phils will be trying to end their season at home on a winning note, after such a horrific home stand.

33 games in 31 days: Game #25: The Phils are swept in the doubleheader, as they lose the nightcap, 3-0

The Phils lose the second game of their doubleheader, as they fall to the Nats, 3-0.

The Nats took the lead in the second as, with one man out, Danny Espinosa hits a solo home run, his twentieth home run of the year, giving the Nationals a 1-0 lead. The Nats took a 2-0 lead in the sixth as, with two men on, and with two men out, Ross Detwiler helped his own cause with an RBI single, scoring Espinsoa, who had earlier singled, then stopped at second base on Wilson Ramos’ single, while Ramos, who had earlier singled, would stop at third on the late throw to the plate. The Nats then made it a 3-0 lead in the seventh as, with runners on the corners, and with one man out, Jayson Werth, who had earlier doubled, then stopped at third on Michael Morse’s single, would score as Carlos Ruiz’s pick-off throw hits him and gets away from third baseman Placido Polanco, allowing him to score, while Morse would move up to second base. That would end up being the final score as Drew Storen picked up his fortieth save of the year by pitching a 1-2-3 ninth.

Cliff Lee (16-8, 2.38) took the lost as he went seven innings, giving up three runs, only two of which were earned, on eleven hits, while he struck out nine.  Justin De Fratus and David Herndon combined for two scoreless innings, giving up just a walk (Herndon), while striking out two (Herndon) between them. Ross Detwiler (3-5, 3.30) got the win as he pitched seven and one-third innings, giving up just three hits and one walk, while striking out three. Henry Rodriguez collected his ninth hold of the year as he pitched two-thirds of an inning, getting out both men that he would face, striking out one. Drew Storen received his fortieth save of the year, as he pitched a 1-2-3 inning, striking out two.

The Phils had just three hits in the ballgame, all singles, with Ben Francisco leading the team with two hits, while Placido Polanco had the other one. With this game, the team has hit a low point during this present period of getting few hits and scoring fewer runs. Seriously guys, this is not the way to build momentum going into the playoffs. Quit fooling around, or else you won’t get past the first round. Start playing up to your game, and cream the Nats for the next couple of games.

The Phils (98-56, 1st) will continue their series with the Nats (74-79, 3rd) 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 Vance Worley (11-2, 2.85), who is coming off a no-decision against the Cardinals on September 16, as he pitched six innings, giving up a run on six hits and three walks, while striking out five, in the Phils’ 4-2 extra-innings lost. He will be seeing if he can help end the Phils’ present four game losing streak. The Nats will counter with John Lannan (9-13, 3.68), who is coming off a lost to the Marlins on September 16, as he went six innings, giving up three runs on eight hits and three walks, while he struck out one, in the Nats’ 3-0 lost. He will be trying to give the Phils their first five game losing streak. The Phils will be out to put an end to their present slide and try to start building some momentum for the playoff.