The Phillies got outstanding pitching this weekend as they swept the Nats in a three-game set. The Phils scored just 12 runs in the series, but held the Nationals to five, getting three solid starts and 6 1/3 scoreless innings from their bullpen.
Kendrick pitched into the seventh in game one as the Phils won 4-2. Rollins had two hits and drove in a pair for the Phillies.
Halladay was solid in game two and Mayberry drove in three as the Phils again won 4-2.
Yesterday Cliff Lee got his first win at home for the season, holding the Nats to a run over seven innings as the Phils won 4-1.
Kendrick, Halladay and Lee combined to throw to a 2.18 ERA in 20 2/3 innings in the series.
The Phillies didn’t get a ton of offense in the set, but Rollins was 5-for-10 with four RBI. Mayberry went 4-for-11 and drove in three.
The Phillies are 61-67 on the year after beating the Washington Nationals 4-1 yesterday. The Phils sweep the three-game series and in third place in the NL East, 16 1/2 games out of first. They’re 9 1/2 games out for the Wild Card and have won four in a row.
Lee got the start for the Phillies and went seven innings, allowing a run on seven hits. Three of the hits went for extra-bases, all doubles. He struck out five and didn’t walk a batter.
Ryan Zimmerman singled to center with two outs in the top of the first. Jayson Werth popped to Utley to leave Zimmerman stranded.
Adam LaRoche singled to center to start the second. Lee got Tyler Moore on a fly ball to right for the first out and Jesus Flores grounded into a double-play behind Moore.
Lee struck Steve Lombardozzi in a 1-2-3 third and Werth in a 1-2-3 fourth.
He struck out LaRoche to start the fifth before Moore doubled into the left field corner. Flores struck out swinging for the second out and Lee got Lombardozzi grounded to Utley to end the frame.
The Phillies were leading 3-0 when lefty Roger Bernadina, hitting for the pitcher Jordan Zimmerman, led off the sixth with a bunt single. Lee set the Nationals down in order behind him.
It was 4-0 when Werth led off the seventh. He hit a ball that Lee handled near the third base line, but Lee’s throw to first wasn’t handled. Werth had a single and Lee’s error allowed him to move up to second. LaRoche was next and he hammered a ball to right that everyone thought was out of the yard. He started his jog around the bases, but the ball was still in play. Werth and LaRoche were both just about at third when they figured out the play wasn’t over and LaRoche was tagged out easily. Reviews showed the call was right — the ball went off the very top of the fence and back into play. It left Washington with one out and Werth on third. Moore was next and doubled to left. Werth scored. 4-1. Flores flew to right and Lombardozzi lined softly to Utley to end the frame.
That could have been a lot worse.
Horst started the eighth. Bernadina led off and doubled to left. Espinosa was next and he grounded to short for the first out with Bernadina holding. Righty Ian Desmond hit for pitcher Tom Gorzelanny. Lindblom took over for Horst to face the righty. Lefty Chad Tracy hit for Desmond. Lindblom got Tracy to ground to short for the second out and struck out Ryan Zimmerman to leave Bernadina stranded.
Horst drops his ERA on the year to 0.96 by allowing a hit in a scoreless third of an inning. He has a 1.13 ratio to go with his ERA and has struck out 22 in 18 2/3 innings.
Lindblom was back for the ninth and set the Nats down in order, striking out Werth for the first out, getting LaRoche on a line drive to first for the second and striking out Moore to end the game.
With Papelbon having pitched three straight days, Lindblom goes five outs to get career save number one. He drops his ERA with the Phillies to 6.52.
Two scoreless innings in the game for the pen in which they allow one hit and strike out three.
Lindblom threw 13 pitches in the game and Horst three.
The Phillies lineup against righty Stephen Strasburg went (1) Rollins (2) Pierre (3) Utley (4) Howard (5) Mayberry (6) Nix (7) Frandsen (8) Kratz. Brown out of the starting lineup for the second day in a row as Nix starts in righty. Pierre in left against the righty and Kratz behind the plate.
Utley walked with two outs in the bottom of the first. Howard struck out swinging to leave him stranded.
Mayberry started the bottom of the second to start the second. Nix, Frandsen and Kratz went in order behind him.
Pierre walked with two outs in the third. Utley was next and flew to right for the third out.
Werth made an amazing play to retire Utley for the third out. It was a high fly ball to right and Werth just missed it. The ball went off the side of his glove and he caught it with his bare hand to retire Utley and end the inning.
The Phils went in order in the fourth.
Frandsen led off the fifth with a single to left and took second on a wild pitch. Kratz hit a ball softly into shallow center, but Harper made a nice driving catch for the first out. It brought Lee to the plate and he hit a ball over Harper’s head that landed on the warning track. Frandsen scored and the Phils led 1-0. Rollins was next and he hit a 231 pitch out to right for a two-run homer that put the Phils up 3-0. Pierre followed that with a single before Utley flew to center for the second out. Howard followed that with a walk, but Mayberry popped to second to leave both runners stranded.
Nice diving play in center by Harper on Kratz’s ball costs the Phillies a run. Home run number 15 on the year for Rollins.
Career stolen base number 586 of his career for Pierre ties him with Maury Wills for 19th all-time.
Lefty Tom Gorzelanny took over for Zimmerman to start the sixth. Nix led off and hit an 0-2 pitch out to right, putting the Phils up 4-0. Frandsen followed with a single, but Kratz hit into a double-play behind him and Kratz struck out for the third out.
Nix stays in the game and homers off of the lefty.
Rollins singled off of Gorzelanny to start the seventh and Pierre bunted him to second with the first out. Utley moved Rollins to third with a ground ball, but Howard struck out to leave him there.
Righty Drew Storen got Mayberry, Nix and Frandsen in order in the eighth.
Rollins was 2-for-4 in the game with a home run. 5-for-10 in the series with two walks and a home run. 244/303/407 for the season.
Pierre 1-for-2 with a walk and a stolen base. 1-for-6 in the series, which drops his average under .300. 299/342/363. 263/310/343 over his last 195 plate appearances.
Utley was 0-for-3 with a walk and 2-for-9 with two walks in the set. 249/357/452 for the year.
Howard 0-for-3 with a walk and two strikeouts. 2-for-11 with a walk and a double in the series. 3-for-his-last-18 and hitting 245/329/450 for the season.
Mayberry 1-for-4 yesterday. 4-for-11 with a home run and four RBI in the series. 242/281/407 for the year. 277/315/470 in 89 plate appearances since Victorino and Pence were traded. 242/281/407 for the season. Still has not walked against a left-handed pitcher this season in 132 plate appearances.
Nix 1-for-4 with a home run yesterday. First home run against a lefty for Nix since April 25, 2004 against Ron Villone. 2-for-6 with a walk and a home run in the series. 186/265/279 in 49 plate appearances since coming off of the DL. 258/330/438 for the year.
Frandsen 2-for-4 in the game and 3-for-10 with a walk in the series. 351/402/426 on the year.
Kratz 0-for-3 and left three men on base. He was 1-for-10 in the series and struck out four times. 291/352/646 for the season.
No game today. Mets tomorrow.