Sunday, August 21, 2011

Phillies look to take series with Nats this afternoon

 

Mayberry throws out Zimmerman

   John Mayberry’s throw denies the Nats a run in the 4th last night

 

The Phils righted the loss of Friday night with a convincing 5-0 win last night in Washington DC before the largest crowd ever at Nationals Park. The influx of fans were courtesy of the 2011 Phillies team as the fans filled the DC ballpark and actually drowned out most of the Nationals fans with cheers for the Phillies throughout the game.

 

Oswalt looks like he regains health in DC start

Roy Oswalt looked back on a healthy track again last night as he breezed to the easy 5-0 victory. The Phillies needed only 9 hits to score the 5 runs last night and improve Oswalt’s record to 6-7 on the season. Oswalt surrendered 8 hits over 8 innings and gave up no runs on the night.

 

Roy Halladay goes for the Phils this afternoon. Weather may be an issue in DC today as there is a 60 percent chance of rain by noon, and it increases to over 70 percent as the afternoon goes on. Halladay is seeking his 16th win of year today.

 

The Phillies are 22-13 at Nationals Park All-time and at home in Philly, the Phils are even better at 48-22 All-time. The Phillies road record is 37-23 so far on the season. The Phillies are 20-5 with Halladay starting, he has started 25 games so far, prior today’s game.

 

The Phillies will face Chien-Ming Wang today and he is 2-2 with a 4.22 ERA. Wang spent 5 years on the Yankees and now faces an uncertain future with the Nationals in 2012 unless he shows some promise in his remaining starts this year.  Steven Strasburg is supposed to return in 2012 and that will bolster the Nats pitching game next season.

 

Keys Points of last night’s game

 

  • Hunter Pence hits 4th home run as a Phillie
  • John Mayberry throws out Ryan Zimmerman at home
  • Roy Oswalt strikes out 9 and breezes to 6th win on the season
  • Wilson Valdez hits a 2 run triple to right field in the 4th inning

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