The Phillies ushered in a new era last night, hammering Stephen Strasburg and the Nationals 8-0 on the day they traded away Shane Victorino and Hunter Pence.
Cliff Lee was very good in the game, throwing seven shutout innings and getting his second win of the year. Rollins and Frandsen both hit homers and Pierre had three hits. John Mayberry, miserable against righties this year but about to receive an extended second chance, twice reached base against right-handed pitchers.
The Phillies are 46-57 on the year after beating the Washington Nationals 8-0 last night. They are in last place in the NL East, 15 1/2 games behind the first place Nats.
Lee got the start for the Phillies and went seven shutout innings, allowing five hits and a walk. One of the hits went for extra-bases, a double. He struck out seven.
Four of Lee’s last five starts have been good. In the other he allowed six runs on 12 hits over seven innings.
Steve Lombardozzi walked to start the bottom of the first, but Lee got three ground balls behind him to keep the Nats off the board.
The Phils were up 2-0 when he started the second. He got the first two before Jesus Flores doubled to center. Lee struck Roger Bernadina out looking to end the inning.
Lee started the third with a 3-0 lead. The pitcher Stephen Strasburg led off with a single and Lombardozzi moved him up to second with another single. Lee struck out Bryce Harper for the first out before Danny Espinosa flew to left for the second out. Michael Morse was next and he singled to left, loading the bases for Tyler Moore. Moore grounded to third to leave them loaded.
No runs for the Nationals on three singles in the frame.
Bernadina singled with two outs in the fourth and the Phillies up 6-0. Strasburg grounded out on a ball handled by Lee for the third out.
Lee set the Nats down in order in the fifth, sixth and again in the seventh. Lefty Chad Tracy hit for the pitcher Tom Gorzelanny and flew to right for the third out in the seventh.
Frandsen made a nice play for the first out in the fifth, diving to his right to field a ball hit by Lombardozzi and throwing to first in time to get the out.
Bastardo got the first two hitters to start the eighth. Kendrick took over to strike switch-hitter Espinosa out swinging for the third out.
Bastardo drops his ERA under five to 4.98 with the two outs. He threw to a 9.72 ERA in July.
Kendrick doesn’t allow a run in July, throwing 15 scoreless innings. Opponents hit .154 against him in July and he struck out 13.
Schwimer struck out Moore, Morse and Mark DeRosa in a 1-2-3 ninth with the Phillies up 8-0.
Schwimer has a 1.96 ERA over his last 18 appearances and has struck out 21 in 18 1/3 innings.
Two perfect innings for the pen in which they strike out five without allowing a hit or a walk. Schwimer threw 14 pitches, Bastardo five and Kendrick four.
The Phillies lineup against righty Stephen Strasburg went (1) Rollins (2) Pierre (3) Utley (4) Howard (5) Ruiz (6) Nix (7) Mayberry (8) Frandsen. Lefties Pierre and Nix in left and right. Mayberry in center in the first game since the Victorino trade. Victorino on-based .299 and slugged .346 against righties this year. Seems like the Phillies would be able to improve on that, but Mayberry comes into the game on-basing .262 and slugging .256 against righties. Mayberry’s got a lot of work to do as a righty on a team will soon include lefties Pierre, Brown, Schierholtz and Nix in the outfield. I think it’s safe to say that lefty Mike Fontenot is not a favorite of Manuel’s as Frandsen starts against the righty.
Pierre and Utley singled back-to-back with one out in the top of the first. Howard was next and Lombardozzi made a fantastic play to field the ball and shovel to second to start the double-play that set the Phillies down.
Ruiz doubled to right to start the second. Nix and Mayberry both struck out behind him, but Frandsen hit the first pitch he saw from Strasburg out to center, putting the Phils up 2-0. Lee flew to left for the third out.
Pierre singled with one out in the third and stole second. With Utley at the plate, Pierre took off for third. Flores’s throw to third was on the shortstop side of the bag and into left field for an error. Pierre scored and the Phils were up 3-0. Utley flew to center before Howard walked. Ruiz grounded to second to leave Howard stranded.
Mayberry doubled to left with one out in the fourth. Frandsen was next and grounded to short for the second out. Lee was next and singled into right, scoring Mayberry to put the Phils up 4-0. Lee stole second with Rollins at the plate. Rollins hammered a ball to right on a 2-0 pitch. It hit high off the wall as Harper smashed into the wall. Harper stayed on the ground, either because he was dazed or thought the ball was out, and Rollins tore around the bases, making it all the way home for an inside-the-park two-run homer that put the Phils up 6-0. Pierre flew to left for the third out.
Mayberry doubles off the righty to help get the Phillies their first run of the frame.
Howard singled on a ball deflected by the new pitcher, lefty Tom Gorzelanny, with one out in the fifth. Ruiz flew to right for the second out and Nix struck out for the third.
Mayberry singled to start the sixth, but the Phillies went in order behind him.
Howard struck out swinging at a wild pitch by Gorzelanny with two outs in the seventh and made it to first. Ruiz fouled out to Espinosa to leave him at first.
Mayberry walked off of righty Henry Rodriguez with one out in the eighth. Frandsen flew to left for the second out. The lefty Brown hit for Lee and singled to center, moving Mayberry up to third. Rollins grounded to second to leave both runners stranded.
Again Mayberry reaches base against a righty, this time walking against Rodriguez.
Brown delivers a single in his first plate appearance of the year.
Pierre singled off of Rodriguez to start the ninth and moved to second when Utley followed with a walk. Howard was next and again Lombardozzi made a nice play to take a hit away from him, this time diving to his right and throwing to first for the first out as the runners moved up to second and third. Righty Drew Storen came in to pitch to Ruiz. Ruiz grounded to second with Utley moving up to third and Pierre scoring. 7-0. Nix followed that with a single into center. Utley scored and it was 8-0. Mayberry grounded to second for the third out.
Second time in the game Lombardozzi took a hit away from Howard.
Rollins was 1-for-5 in the game with his tenth homer of the season. He hit 208/276/375 in July.
Pierre was 3-for-5, stole two bases and scored two runs. He has 25 stolen bases for the year with four caught stealings and has been picked off just once. He’s 7-for-his-last-17 (.412).
Utley 1-for-4 with a walk. 2-for-his-last-15.
Howard 1-for-4 with a walk and twice victimized by nice plays from Lombardozzi. 2-for-his-last-15 with nine strikeouts.
Ruiz 1-for-5 with a double. 5-for-his-last-21 (.238). July was his worst month of the season and he hit 288/348/513.
Nix was 1-for-5 and struck out three times. 2-for-12 with seven strikeouts since returning from the DL.
Mayberry 2-for-4 with a walk and a double. The walk and the double both come against righties. 271/327/438 in July.
Frandsen 1-for-4 with a two-run homer. First home run for Frandsen since September 30, 2007 when he was with the Giants. 3-for-7 with the Phils so far.
Worley (5-6, 3.88) faces righty Edwin Jackson (6-6, 3.52) tonight. Worley started July with a 2.92 ERA for the year. In July he made five starts in which he threw to a 6.43 ERA and opponents hit .353 against him. Jackson has allowed one run in 14 innings over his last two starts.