Phillies bat the Nats 5-4
The Phillies collected sixteen (16) hits in a 5-4 win over the Washington Nationals at Citizens Bank Park. The Phillies line-up featured five batters that recorded two or more hits and every position player recorded a hit on the evening. Phillies’ centerfielder, Shane Victorino went 4-4, and scored a run on the night. Despite their hitting prowess, the Phillies did not score a run after the 4th inning of play.
The Nationals would sneak back into the ball game in the 6th, as Phillies starter J.A. Happ began to tire on the mound (PC-96). Happ (3-0) would leave two on base in the 6th with a 5-1 lead. Phils’ reliever Chad Durbin would allow back-to-back hits to cut the Phillies lead to 5-4.
Happ continues to impress Phillies ph] fans with another effective five (5.1) innings on the mound. Happ allowed just three (3) hits, three (3) earned runs while striking out five (5) Nationals’ batters. He would give up a solo homer to Josh Willingham, and then he would hit him in his next two plate appearances. Just Love it!
Durbin maybe running out of gas at this point in the season. In his last two appearances (0.1), (0.2) innings, he has allowed four (4) runs, plus one (1) earned, on two hits and two walks. Durbin has made (25) appearances and hurled for (27.1) innings out of the bullpen.
Scott Eyre and Ryan Madson would hold the Nationals scoreless in the 7th and 8th. Brad Lidge would come in the 9th, he fires an 1-2-3 inning to get his 10th Save of the season.