Sep 13, 2013, 3:00 PM EDT
The Nationals return home having won six consecutive games and eight of their last nine. Tonight they try and keep it going with the first of a three-game series against the Phillies.
The Nats will open their homestand without Stephen Strasburg who was a late scratch due to forearm tightness. Ross Ohlendorf is starting in his place. I’ll have more details on that soon in another story.
Pitching for the Phillies is right-hander Kyle Kendrick (10-12, 4.51) who is making his fifth start against the Nats this season. He has a 4.13 ERA against Washington in 2013 through 24 innings.
Stay tuned for updates throughout the game…
PHILADELPHIA PHILLIES at WASHINGTON NATIONALS
Where: Nationals Park
Gametime: 7:05 p.m. EDT
TV: MASN, MLB.tv
Radio: WJFK (106.7 FM), WFED (1500 AM), XM 184
Weather: Partly cloudy, 75 degrees, Wind 14 mph out to RF
CF Denard Span
3B Ryan Zimmerman
RF Jayson Werth
LF Bryce Harper
SS Ian Desmond
1B Adam LaRoche
C Wilson Ramos
2B Steve Lombardozzi
RHP Ross Ohlendorf
CF Cesar Hernandez
SS Jimmy Rollins
2B Chase Utley
C Carlos Ruiz
RF Darin Ruf
3B Cody Asche
1B Kevin Frandsen
LF Freddy Galvis
RHP Kyle Kendrick
HP Ed Hickox
1B Jim Joyce
2B Jeff Nelson
3B Jim Wolf
7:24 p.m. – Ross Ohlendorf didn’t get off to an ideal start in the first inning, but did limit what could have been much worse. He gave up one run on a Utley single that brought home Hernandez, and faced runners on the corners with one out. But Ohlendorf then got Ruf and Asche to strike out swinging to end the inning. It took 31 pitches for Ohlendorf, 1-0 Phillies after one.
7:37 p.m. – The Nats wasted no time tying this game up in the bottom of the first, striking for a run of their own on an infield single by Desmond. Zimmerman got them started with a one-out single and was followed by a Werth walk. Zim then reached third on a sac fly by Harper. Desmond hit a slow grounder to Asche at third who couldn’t make the throw in time with two outs. Kendrick has thrown 20 pitches.
7:42 p.m. – It was a much better inning for Ohlendorf in the second who need just eight pitches to set down the backend of the Phillies’ lineup. He got Frandesn and Kendrick to ground out, and Galvis to fly out to deep center. Ohlendorf has tossed 39 tonight through two.
7:51 p.m. – And now the Nats have the lead after Ramos led off the inning with a solo home run. He blasted a 1-0 pitch off the scoreboard in the visitors bullpen to make it 2-1 Nats. It was Ramos’ 14th home run of the season and his fourth in the last six games.
7:59 p.m. – A 1-2-3 inning for Ohlendorf who has cruised through two innings after his rocky start. He has thrown 51 pitches (35 strikes) so far.
8:11 p.m. – Another inning, another run off Kendrick. This time it was Zimmerman who hit a solo home run into the visitors bullpen. It was his 24th of the season and his fifth in his last six games. Zim now has nine in the month of September after hitting 15 in the previous five months. Kendrick is at 56 pitches.
8:22 p.m. – Things got interesting for Ohlendorf in the fourth, despite him putting in another scoreless inning. He hit Ruf with a fastball to the thigh and then moved him all the way to third on passed balls. He also walked Asche. But Frandsen grounded into a double play to end the inning and preserve the 3-1 lead. Through four innings Ohlendorf has tossed 65 pitches.
8:26 p.m. – Three up, three down for the Nats in the bottom of the fourth as Ohlendorf grounded into a double play to end the inning. Kendrick has thrown 63 pitches.
8:41 p.m. – Ohlendorf put in another eventful scoreless inning in the top of the fifth after allowing a double to Kendrick and a single to Hernandez. Steve McCatty came out to talk to him as Kendrick stood on third with one out, and Fernando Abad began warming in the bullpen, but Ohlendorf escaped after getting Rollins and Utley to fly out. Ohlendorf is likely done after throwing 88 pitches. If he is, it will be five innings of one-run ball for the veteran.
9:10 p.m. – The Nats brought three more runners home in the bottom of the fifth, all three on infield singles. Desmond hit a high bouncing groundball with the bases loaded to score Zimmerman from third. And then Ramos, with two outs, hit a hard grounder that bounced off the mound about 20 feet into the air. It scored two runs and now it’s a 6-1 game. Craig Stammen will take over for Ohlendorf.
9:20 p.m. – Stammen gave up two singles, but no runs in the top of the sixth. The first hit was smacked off the left field wall by Ruiz, but he was gunned out at second by Harper on a beautiful throw. Still 6-1 Nats as we move to the bottom of the sixth.
9:30 p.m. – The Nats didn’t score in the bottom of the sixth, but they did see Span extend his hitting streak to 24 games. The center fielder poked a single over Rollins’ head into left field in his fourth at-bat of the game. Fernando Abad will take over to start the seventh.
9:37 p.m. – Abad set the Phillies down in order and off to the bottom of the seventh we go.
9:46 p.m. – Harper led off with a walk, but never got past second. Desmond lined out to center, LaRoche grounded out (advancing Harper) and Ramos grounded out to end the inning. Top of the eighth up next. Oh, and the Reds are losing.
9:50 p.m. – A quick 1-2-3 inning for Abad to send us to the bottom of the eighth. One more at-bat for the Nats and three more outs by the Phillies and this one’s over. Still 6-1.
10:00 p.m. – Lombardozzi led off with a single, but that’s all the Nats would get in the eighth. Drew Storen will now take over to try and seal this one.
COUNTDOWN TO OPENING DAY
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