Friday, August 01, 2008

Phils Complete Sweep of Nats

The Phils went down to DC and did what a team that is allegedly a contender is supposed to do. They kicked the snot out of a weaker sister for 3 games.

Behind the pitching of Kyle Kendrick and Jimmy Rollins' 3 RBI, the Phillies beat the Nationals last night by a score of 8 - 4. The win put the Phillies a full game ahead of the idle Mets in the NL East.

Kendrick pitched a pretty ballgame to earn his 9th win, going 6 2/3 innings and giving up on 2 earned runs. The Phils' bullpen, with a couple of exciting moments from Rudy Seanez, got the Phils the final outs they needed to complete win.

Offensively, the Phils hung 3 runs on John Lannan in the 2nd inning on a Jayson Werth solo home run, a Jimmy Rollins ground out, and a Ryan Zimmerman throwing error. The offense further produced on the strength of a 2-run home run from Jimmy Rollins in the 4th inning and in the 6th inning where the Phils strung together 5 hits to score 3 more runs.

Now that this series is over, the Phils travel for 3 games in St. Louis. Probable starters:

Fri: Cole Hamels vs. Kyle Lohse; 8:15pm
Sat: Joe Blanton vs. Braden Looper; 7:15pm
Sun: Brett Myers vs. Todd Wellemeyer; 8:05pm


- Great hustle by Jimmy Rollins in the 6th inning, scoring from 2nd base on Shane Victorino's infield single and Rafael Belliard's throwing error.

- Rudy Seanez has given up 8 hits in his last 6 appearances. He has given up earned runs in 2 straight appearances. Weak.

- Victorino getting caught stealing 3rd base with 2 outs in the 4th inning with Pat Burrell at the plate defies all logic. He's got to sit down a game for that one. It erased the good will built up on the picture perfect bunt he laid down to get on base to begin with.

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