|Phillies 4, Nationals 1|
|Read the full box score at MLB|
Cliff Lee pitched 7 tough innings and the Washington Nationals fell to the Phillies 4-1 on Sunday afternoon in Philly. It was the 4th loss in a row for the Nationals who now lead the division by just 5 games.
Jordan Zimmermann struggled a bit giving up 3 walks and 5 hits, but he still held the Phillies to just 3 runs, and if the offense can't score, they can't win (As Bob Carpenter told us)
LaRoche, Bernadina, & Tyler Moore each had two hits, but aside from those three the offense was quiet. Cliff Lee was on point, striking out 5 and walking 0 batters in a 7 hit 1 run performance.
In the 7th inning, with Jayson Werth on base and 0 outs, Adam LaRoche crushed a ball that went all the way to the top of the wall. It hit the wall and bounced back into play. Instead of looking for a signal from an umpire, LaRoche & Werth each assumed it was a homer and jogged around the bases. LaRoche was tagged out and Werth was stuck on 3rd. A runners on 2nd and 3rd with 0 outs turned into just one baserunner with 1 out.
A younger player like Harper or Moore probably would have kept running when they saw it bounce in. But veterans LaRoche & Werth were jogging around. The Nats ended up just getting 1 run in that inning, their only run of the game. A lot of the blame can go on the 3rd base coach who should know the rules AND be looking at the umpire AND let the baserunners know what is happening.
Plays like that, and the Espinosa steal from the other night, are not good.
Nats have Monday off to regroup from their 4 game losing streak...