Nationals 2, Phillies 1: Phils Offense Disappears Again

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Nationals 2, Phillies 1: Phils Offense Disappears Again

In their previous 13 games against John Lannan, the Phillies had never lost to the lefty and hit him to the tune of a 6.44 ERA. This afternoon, in temperatures over 90 degrees, Lannan allowed four hits over five and 1/3 innings, walking three but allowing just one unearned run.

The Nats bullpen combo of Todd Coffey, Doug Slaten, Tyler Clippard and Drew Storen held the Phillies to one hit and no runs over the last 3+ innings. Roy Oswalt allowed two runs over five innings, including a home run to Laynce Nix in the third that proved to be the game winner.

This was the Phillies’ 20th game in as many days and the team will get a much needed day off tomorrow before traveling to Pittsburgh for a three game set with the Pirates. That series will conclude a nine game road trip by the Phils.

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Phillies 2, Nationals 10: Cliff Lee Rocked As Phils Routed By Nats

Cliff has dominated the Nationals in his career prior to tonight… when the tables were turned in a big way. Lee was rocked for six runs and seven hits over five innings en route to his fifth loss of the season and his first to the Nationals.

Danny Espinosa homered twice, including a three run shot in the third inning that really blew the game open. Danny Espinosa went 3-4 with four RBI.

The lone bright spot for the Phils was rookie Domonic Brown, who hit his first homer of 2011. He also doubled in the seventh.

The Phillies won’t have long to stew over this one, as Roy Oswalt takes on Phillie nemesis John Lannan in 1:05 matinee tomorrow.

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Phillies 5, Nationals 4: Lefty Specialist Fail

Roy Halladay wasn’t his best today, but was good enough to improve to 11-1 all time vs the Nationals as the Phillies beat Washington 5-4 in the first of a three game series at Nationals Park. Halladay went seven innings, giving four runs, three from solo home runs.

Two or three weeks ago, four runs surrendered by the starter probably would have meant a loss, but a resurgent Phillies offense sparked a seventh inning comeback which propelled them to their MLB leading 34th win. The pivotal moment in the seventh came when Nats manager Jim Riggleman opted to bring lefty specialist Sean Burnett to face the Phillies trio of lefties Chase Utley, Ryan Howard and Raul Ibanez, who were hitting 3-4-5 today in an attempt to take advantage of righty starter Livan Hernandez.

After Placido Polanco singled in the top of the 7th, on came Burnett and the lefty failed to do his job to say the least. He walked Chase Utley to put runners on first and second. Then, he served up a single to Ryan Howard, which scored Polanco to tie the game. Raul Ibanez then put the Phils up for good with a sac fly to right. So the lefty Burnett was brought on to shut down the Phillies three big lefties and all three had productive at bats against him.

Antonio Bastardo and Jose Contreras handled the 8th inning and Ryan Madson struck out two in a clean ninth to earn his 12th save in as many tries.

Cliff Lee takes the hill against Jason Marquis tomorrow night

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