National League Game Summary - Washington at Philadelphia|
(Tuesday, May 22nd)
Final Score: Washington 5, Philadelphia 2
Philadelphia, PA (Sports Network) - Jordan Zimmermann worked six innings of
one-run ball and the Washington Nationals topped the Philadelphia Phillies,
5-2, in the middle test of a three-game set at Citizens Bank Park.
Zimmermann (3-4) scattered seven hits and struck out two while issuing a pair
of walks and added two hits and a run scored at the plate in the victory. Tom
Gorzelanny allowed a run in two innings in relief and Tyler Clippard turned
the Phils away in the ninth to earn his first save of the season.
"I was just going after them and attacking," Zimmermann said. "I kept the
fastball down and the slider was exceptionally good tonight."
Bryce Harper smashed a two-run triple, Ian Desmond ripped a solo shot for the
second consecutive night, Rick Ankiel hit a solo homer and Adam LaRoche added
an RBI with a sacrifice fly for the Nats, who have taken the first two games
of this series and three straight overall.
Hector Luna had an RBI ground-rule double and Erik Kratz clubbed his first
major league home run for the Phils, who, after going 1-for-10 with runners in
scoring position on Monday, also failed to produce in key situations on
Tuesday by going 1-for-7 with runners in scoring position and stranding nine.
Roy Halladay (4-4) allowed five runs on nine hits and a walk while fanning six
in six innings to take the loss.
The Phillies drew first blood with a run in the second inning. Hunter Pence
slapped a single up the middle to begin the inning, moved to second on a
groundout by Carlos Ruiz, and trotted home on a ground-rule double over the
center field fence by Luna.
But Washington quickly grabbed the lead by putting up four runs in the third
frame. Zimmermann started things by lacing a single into left and Steve
Lombardozzi followed with a base hit. Harper then crushed a hanging breaking
ball from Halladay into the right-center field gap to bring home both runners.
LaRoche plated Harper with a sac fly to center and Desmond followed by
crushing a hanging breaking ball from Halladay into the left field seats for a
4-1 Nationals lead.
"The one to Harper, the curveball, was a bad pitch that cost me," Halladay
said of his pitch selection. "They were swinging early (in the count). You can
take advantage of that if you make good pitches."
Washington extended its lead to 5-1 when Ankiel led off the fourth by blasting
a cutter over the wall in dead center field.
Philadelphia pulled a run closer in the eighth when Kratz got a fastball over
the heart of the plate from Gorzelanny and deposited it into the shrubbery
beyond the center field wall to make it a three-run game.
Clippard was called on in the ninth to try his hand at closing after Henry
Rodriguez was erratic on Monday and fared quite well. He fanned pinch-hitter
Pete Orr with a changeup to begin the inning, then induced groundouts from
Juan Pierre and Placido Polanco to secure the win.
The Phillies are just 1-7 in their last eight games against the Nationals at
Citizens Bank Park...Halladay suffered his first career loss against
Washington. He had been 6-0 in seven career starts... Prior to Tuesday's game,
the Phillies placed shortstop Jimmy Rollins on the paternity list and recalled
Kratz from Triple-A Lehigh Valley...Ruiz was ejected in the third inning by
home plate umpire Gary Cederstrom for arguing balls and strikes...Washington
third baseman Ryan Zimmerman did not play...Philadelphia fell to 16-10 when
scoring first this season.
05/22 23:55:28 ET