Kendrick Slows Nats, Espinosa Screws Up, Nats Lose

DC Sports Nexus ---- Friday, August 24, 2012

Phillies 4, Nationals 2 
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Nationals 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 2 6 0
Phillies 1 0 0 2 0 0 0 1 x 4 8 0
Read the full box score at MLB

The Nationals lost to the Phillies 4-2 on Friday night in Philadelphia after a long and slow game.  Before the game, Ian Desmond had some hamstring issues and was scratched, and Michael Morse suffered a hand contusion after getting hit by a pitch in the 1st inning forcing him to leave the game.  The loss was the Nats 2nd straight.

Edwin Jackson struck out 8 batters in 6 innings, and gave up 7 hits and 3 runs.  His stuff got better as the game went on, and he put out an effort good enough to get the win.

The Phillies went up 3-0 and just when it looked like Kyle Kendrick was not going to allow any scoring, Tyler Moore crushed a pinch hit 2 run homer to get the Nats back in the game and knock out the Phils starter.

After that, Charlie Manuel went bullpen crazy in the game, throwing 4 of his 7 different pitchers in the 8th inning.  The strategy ended up working as the Nats couldn't get the runs needed to win.  

The Phils tacked on a 4th run in the 8th after Chase Utley stole 2nd with no throw.  The play of the catchers, even with Suzuki, is going to be a big problem down the stretch in small-ball situations.

The blunder of the game happened in the 9th inning.  Danny Espinosa led off  in the 4-2 ballgame with a single.  The rally was about to begin. However for some strange, unexplained reason, Danny Espinosa tried to steal 2nd base and was thrown out by a mile.  The play crushed the momentum, and even crushed the announcers, specifically Ray Knight who looked like he saw a ghost after the game because of that play.

Bryce Harper had 2 of the Nationals 6 hits on the night, both doubles.

Morse X-Rays were negative, but Desmond's injury from the other night was a hammy.  Dezi could miss some time. (And should...hamstrings need rest to heal)

Another one tomorrow night in Philly after the Redskins game...

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