Scott Olsen could not keep the ball in the park today. Two Raul Ibanez shots, and a Jason Werth liner that left the park, gave the Nats a deficit they simply couldn’t overcome. The Result?
The Nats lost 8-5 in front of a bevy of Phillies fans in Nationals Park.
Brett Myers provided just what the Phillies needed Saturday afternoon. Coming off a 12 inning marathon that saw the club pitch almost all of their staff, they needed their starter to go as long as he could and eat up as many innings as possible. He did an excellent job, only making two mistakes, both solo homers to Ryan Zimmerman and Josh Willingham. Aside from that he pitched seven innings, one other hit, and no other earned runs. He also struck out eight and walked two.
Once Myers left the game, the Nats bats came alive. The club smacked Ryan Madson up for three runs in one inning, and earned another hit off of troubled close Brad Lidge in the 9th. It was too little too late for the Nats however.
Things started off well enough for the Nats in game two as they took an early lead off a Nick Johnson RBI single in the first. They held the lead 1-0 until reality set in for starting pitcher Daniel Cabrera. The third inning saw the Phillies big three score a trio of runs on the Nats with a Chase Utley double to drive in Jimmy Rollins, and a Ryan Howard bomb to score Utley.
Today saw Jimmy Rollins pick up four hits after he had been batting below .200 leading into the series. Maybe this is what the one time MVP needed to kick start his season, it’s just unfortunate it had to come against the Nationals.