Team W-L R R/G NL Rank R OPS (NL) SB CS
               
WAS 19-26 177 3.93 14 665 (15) 10 9
PHI 24-21 219 4.87 T-4 773 (6) 28 6

Team W-L RA RA/G NL Rank RA Starter ERA Pen ERA
             
WAS 19-26 218 4.84 T-12 4.71 (10) 4.19 (11)
PHI 24-21 202 4.49 7 4.71 (9) 2.87 (1)

After grumbling about their luck in seeing five lefties in a row, the Phillies finally got a string of righties and celebrated with their first three game losing streak of the season. Last night it was Tim Redding they couldn’t figure out. In two starts against the Phils this season, Redding is 2-0 and has allowed eight hits and five walks in 13 1/3 shutout innings.

The Phils have scored eight runs in their last three games.

There’s something about waiting for Pedro Feliz to turn into a great hitter that reminds me a little of Linus sitting in the pumpkin patch he believes to be most sincere while he waits for the Great Pumpkin. I can’t quite put my finger on it. Last night Jenkins led off the second with a double and Feliz was unable to move him to third. Just because the world is a funny place, Jenkins led off the fourth with a double as well and again failed to score with an assist to Feliz’s inability to move the runner along. Among the 25 players in either league with at least 100 plate appearances while playing third base, Feliz’s .629 OPS is 24th best.

Feliz is far from the Phillies’ only problem. Just like the fourth inning was something of a hide-your-eyes-do-over of the second, in both the first and third innings last night Victorino and Utley were on first and second with one out. Both times Howard and Burrell failed to bring either of them home.

The Phillies lost to the Washington Nationals last night, falling 4-0. They are 24-22 on the season and have lost three games in a row for the first time this year.

Myers got the start for the Phillies and went six innings, allowing three runs on eight hits and three walks. Five of the hits went for extra-bases, all doubles. He struck out two.

The Phillies have played 46 games this year. Using Game Score as the measure, in 28 of them their opponents’ starting pitcher pitched better than the Phillies’ starting pitcher.

With one out in the first, Christian Guzman reached on an infield single and went to third when Zimmerman hit a ball into left that bounced once and went off the wall for a double. Dmitri Young hit a fly ball to center for the second out. It was deep enough for Guzman to tag and score, putting the Nats up 1-0. Lastings Milledge flew to center to end the inning.

Jesus Flores doubled to left with one out in the second and moved to third when Willie Harris grounded to second. The pitcher Tim Redding grounded back to Myers to leave Flores stranded at third.

Felipe Lopez doubled to left-center to start the third. Guzman followed with a single to right and Lopez went to third. Zimmerman followed with a walk to load the bases, but Myers struck out Young for the first out. Milledge blooped a ball in front of Jenkins in right. Guzman and Lopez both scored to put Washington up 3-0. Rob Mackowiak lined to third for the second out and Flores grounded to short to end the inning.

Harris walked to start the fourth and Redding bunted him to second. Myers got the next two to leave him stranded.

Milledge doubled with two outs in the fifth and Mackowiak followed and hit a ball of the leg of Myers for a single that moved Milledge to third. Myers struck out Flores to leave both runners stranded.

Myers walked Redding with one out in the sixth. Lopez followed with a ground ball to second and Redding was forced at second for the second out. Lopez tried to steal second and Ruiz threw him out to end the inning.

Madson started the seventh and gave up a leadoff double to Guzman. Zimmerman singled to right and Guzman went to third. Young hit into a double-play, but Guzman scored from third to put the Nationals up 4-0. Milledge grounded back to the pitcher for the third out.

Madson returned and threw a 1-2-3 eighth.

For Madson it was the third time in six days that he had gone more than an inning for the Phils. He threw 27 pitches last night to put him at 87 pitches over those three appearances, including 37 against the Braves on Wednesday.

The Phillies’ lineup against righty Tim Redding went (1) Rollins (2) Victorino (3) Utley (4) Howard (5) Burrell (6) Jenkins (7) Feliz (8) Ruiz. Werth on the bench with Jenkins in right against the righty and Victorino back in center. Ruiz catches.

With one out in the first, Victorino and Utley singled back-to-back. It put men on first and second for Howard, but Howard struck out swinging for the second out. Burrell hit a ground ball down the third base line, but Zimmerman made a nice play and threw him out to end the frame.

Jenkins led off the second with a double high off the wall in right-center field. Feliz was next and couldn’t move Jenkins along. He grounded to third for the first out. Jenkins moved to third when Ruiz followed with a ground out to short, but Myers grounded to second to leave him stranded.

Bad at-bat for Feliz helps keep the Phils off the board.

Victorino and Utley singled back-to-back with one out in the third. It again put men on first and second for Howard. Howard flew to the warning track in left. Burrell flew to left not quite as deep for the third out.

Jenkins doubled again to start the fourth. Feliz again couldn’t move him over, but at least he hit it to the right side of the infield this time. He popped to first. Ruiz grounded out and moved Jenkins to third for the second out. Myers grounded to short.

Very odd first four innings. Pretty much the same thing happened in the second and fourth — Jenkins doubled and Feliz didn’t move him to third and the Phils didn’t score. In the first and third Victorino and Utley were on first and second with one out and Howard and Burrell couldn’t bring them home, although Howard did crush the ball in the third and Zimmerman made a nice play on Burrell’s ball in the first.

The Phils went 1-2-3 in the fifth. Zimmerman made another nice play for the second out, barehanding Victorino’s slow ground ball and making a strong throw to first.

Jenkins walked with two outs in the sixth, but Feliz grounded out behind him.

Down 3-0 in the seventh, Ruiz singled to start the inning. Dobbs hit for Myers and popped to third for the first out. Rollins walked to put men on first and second for Victorino and righty Saul Rivera came in to pitch to Victorino. Victorino hit a ground ball to first for the second out and the runners moved to second and third. Utley flew to left for the third out.

Howard, Burrell and Jenkins went 1-2-3 in the eighth.

Feliz and Ruiz went down to start the ninth. Werth hit for Madson and struck out to end the game.

Rollins was 0-for-3 with a walk, ending a streak of five games in which he had at least two hits.

Victorino 2-for-4.

Utley 2-for-4. He is just 15-for-66 in May (.227).

Howard 0-for-4 and left four men on base. He just missed a three-run homer in the third.

Burrell 0-for-4 and left four men on base. He is 12-for-56 (.214) in May.

Jenkins was 2-for-3 with two doubles, the only extra-base hits in the game for the Phils, and a walk. He’s 5-for-his-last-10.

Feliz 0-for-4 and left three men on base.

Ruiz 1-for-4.

Cole Hamels (5-3, 2.89) faces righty Jason Bergmann (1-1, 7.45) tonight. Bergmann got hammered his first three starts of the season, throwing to an 11.68 ERA and earning himself a trip to the minor leagues. After a successful stint in the minors, Bergmann returned to the Nats and has made one start since. On Thursday he shut the Mets out on three hits over seven innings while striking out nine. He made five starts against the Phils in 2007, going 0-1 with a 4.18 ERA and a 1.10 ratio. Hamels has been fantastic, but comes off a 120-pitch complete game shutout against the Braves. Opponents are hitting .204 against him this season and he has allowed just one home run in his last 24 innings.