Final: Nationals 1, Phillies 4.
WP: Cliff Lee (3-7, 3.67) LP: Jordan Zimmermann (9-8, 2.63 ERA) SV: Josh Lindblom (1)
Today's series finale remained scoreless heading into the bottom of the fifth inning. The Phillies only had one offensive hit up to that point, a leadoff single from John Mayberry in the bottom of the second inning. Kevin Frandsen picked up the team's second hit to leadoff the fifth, and eventually advanced to second base from a passed ball by Nationals' catcher Jesus Flores. Cliff Lee came up a batter later and scored the Phillies' first run of the game himself, as he doubled for the second time this season to score Frandsen. Five pitches later, Jimmy Rollins smacked his fifteenth home run of the year in the right field seats, increasing the Phillies' lead to 3-0 that inning.
A Laynce Nix homer in the bottom of the sixth against former Cub, LHP Tom Gorzelanny, extended the Phillies lead to four runs.
In the top of the 7th inning, Adam LaRoche nearly hit a two-run home run out to right field, but the ball bounced off the top of the fence and landed back in play. The Phillies then tagged out LaRoche for the first out of the inning, and Jayson Werth advanced to third base. The play was reviewed and stood as called. Washington eventually scored one run later in the inning from a Tyler Moore double, but the Phillies caught a huge break with the prior call and avoided giving up more runs than they actually did in the inning.
LHP Jeremy Horst and RHP Josh Lindblom combined to end the game throwing two scoreless innings out of the Phillies bullpen. Lindblom picked up his first career save, as Jonathan Papelbon was unavailable today.
Cliff Lee has won a game home at Citizens Bank Park for the first time this season. His last victory in Philadelphia, including the postseason, was on September 5, 2011 in a 9-0 victory against the Atlanta Braves. He lasted seven innings today, giving up just one run on seven hits. He walked none, as 77 of his 99 total pitches were thrown for strikes.
Opposing starter Jordan Zimmermann had his stuff going for him up until the bottom of the fifth. He unraveled completely then, throwing 30-plus pitches in the inning and allowing the RBI double to Cliff Lee & the home run to Jimmy Rollins. He exited the game after that inning, allowing three runs on five hits and three walks to suffer his eighth loss of the season.
Former Phillie, Jayson Werth, went 2 for 12 with seven strikeouts in this series.
The Phillies will have off tomorrow, Monday, before welcoming the New York Mets in the final series of the homestand. RHP Vance Worley (6-9) will oppose RHP Chris Young (3-7). In 34.0 career innings against the division rival, Worley is (3-3) with a 4.76 ERA. Young ironically has a very similar history against the Phillies in 47.1 innings, going (3-3) with a 3.42 ERA.
The game will start at 7:05 pm EST. It can be seen on MyPHL17 and heard on 1210 WPHT AM & 94 WIP FM.
Starting Pitching Summary:
- Jordan Zimmermann: 5.0 IP, 5 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 3 BB, 3 SO, 1 HR, 2.63 ERA
- Cliff Lee: 7.0 IP, 7 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 5 SO, 0 HR, 3.67 ERA
- Tom Gorzelanny (6th, 7th): 2.0 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 2 SO, 1 HR, 3.25 ERA
- Drew Storen (8th): 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 1 SO, 0 HR, 3.86 ERA
- Jeremy Horst (8th): 0.1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 0 SO, 0 HR, 0.96 ERA
- Josh Lindblom (8th, 9th): 1.2 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 3 SO, 0 HR, 3.61 ERA
- Bottom of the 5th (Nationals 0, Phillies 1): Cliff Lee doubles (2) on a fly ball to center fielder Bryce Harper. Kevin Frandsen scores.
- Bottom of the 5th (Nationals 0, Phillies 3): Jimmy Rollins homers (15) on a fly ball to right field. Cliff Lee scores.
- Bottom of the 6th (Nationals 0, Phillies 4): Laynce Nix homers (3) on a fly ball to right field.
- Top of the 7th (Nationals 1, Phillies 4): Tyler Moore doubles (8) on a line drive to left fielder Juan Pierre. Jayson Werth scores.
- Tuesday, August 28, 2012; 7:05 pm EST
- Philadelphia Phillies (61-67) vs. New York Mets (59-69)
- Vance Worley (6-9, 4.06 ERA) vs. Chris Young (3-7, 4.33 ERA)
- TV: MyPHL17
- Radio: 1210 WPHT, 94 WIP
Matt Rappa is a contributor for Buzz on Broad. You can find him on Twitter at @mattrappa.