Skip to content

Instant Analysis: Nats 6, Phillies 1

Sep 13, 2013, 10:09 PM EDT

Photo by USA Today Photo by USA Today

Game in a nutshell: Ross Ohlendorf was thrown in to start after Stephen Strasburg was a late scratch on Friday night, and the veteran delivered. He threw 31 pitches in the first inning and allowed an early run, but settled in and worked five innings with the help of a large lead provided by his teammates. The Nats scored a run in each of the first three innings, two off solo home runs by Wilson Ramos (14) and Ryan Zimmerman (24), and broke out with three more in the fifth. Denard Span also extended his hitting streak to 24 games with a sixth inning single in his fourth at-bat of the game.┬áThe final result was a blowout of the Phillies and the Nationals’ seventh consecutive win. They have now won nine of their last ten and sit a season-high nine games above .500.

Hitting highlight: Another day, another homer for Ryan Zimmerman. The third baseman smoked a solo shot into the visitors bullpen in the third inning. That’s his seventh in his last seven games and his ninth in his last 11. He’s the first Washington player to hit seven in seven since Frank Howard in 1968. Zimmerman now leads the Nationals this season in home runs and is just one behind his total of 25 last season. He also added a pair of singles to start rallies and scored three runs on the night.

Pitching highlight: Ross Ohlendorf’s stat line is doesn’t indicate how much he struggled at times, but it’s a testament to how he battled to give the Nats a chance to win. He finished with five innings of one-run ball, despite allowing five hits and two walks. Twice he escaped innings after seeing a man reach third with one out. Ohlendorf gave up the lone run in the first inning and soon after he was given a sizable lead to work with.

Key stat(s):┬áThe Nats homers extended the team’s home run streak to seven games, that’s a season high. They have now homered in ten of their last 11 games.

Up next: The Nats will look to push their winning streak to eight games as they continue their series with the Phillies. It’s a battle of lefties with Gio Gonzalez and Cole Hamels on the mound. First pitch is at 7:05 p.m.

  1. nats128 - Sep 13, 2013 at 10:10 PM

    Dusty Baker just swallowed his toothpick!

  2. Mrsb loves the Nats - Sep 13, 2013 at 10:12 PM

    Leaving Nats park… What a game! Glad for another Curly W… Gosh, I wish we could have been playing like this in July…

    Anyways, meaningful baseball in Spetember…. Love it!

    Come on Brew Crew, keep on keeping on!!!!

  3. Eugene in Oregon - Sep 13, 2013 at 10:12 PM

    Okay, I’m going to the store tomorrow to buy some Kool-aid mix. I’m not quite ready to make a pitcher, but…

    • natsfan1a - Sep 13, 2013 at 10:19 PM

      Tastes great, Eugene. Oh, yeahhhh….

      Way to go, Ohlie. Way to go, Nats!

      • natsfan1a - Sep 13, 2013 at 10:20 PM

        Oh, and congrats, Denard. Keep it going. :-)

  4. David Proctor - Sep 13, 2013 at 10:17 PM

    Tanner Roark and Ross Ohlendorf are 10-0.

    • scmargenau - Sep 13, 2013 at 11:00 PM

      Wow. That’s awesome.

  5. nats128 - Sep 13, 2013 at 10:26 PM

    Pirates lost.

  6. David Proctor - Sep 13, 2013 at 10:27 PM

    5-1 Brewers in Milwaukee.

  7. NatsLady - Sep 13, 2013 at 10:27 PM

    A’s clobbering Texas. Zook catching.

    Wow, Cincy fielding!!!! Brewers got another two runs! LOL.

  8. Steady Eddie - Sep 13, 2013 at 10:28 PM

    Cargo delivers tworun single for the brew crew. Milwaukee up 5-1.

  9. flnatsfan - Sep 13, 2013 at 10:28 PM

    Milwauuuukeeeeeeee!!!

  10. Manassas Nats Fan - Sep 13, 2013 at 10:28 PM

    Brewers score 2 more 5-1

  11. nats128 - Sep 13, 2013 at 10:29 PM

    Brewers 5 Reds 1

  12. Mrsb loves the Nats - Sep 13, 2013 at 10:29 PM

    Thanks Brew Crew…

  13. natsfan1a - Sep 13, 2013 at 10:29 PM

    Let’s go, Brewers. Get Bernie Brewer up on the slide. :-)

  14. David Proctor - Sep 13, 2013 at 10:30 PM

    Zach Duke is entering the game for the Reds…

  15. nats128 - Sep 13, 2013 at 10:30 PM

    In comes Zach Duke for the Reds.

  16. Manassas Nats Fan - Sep 13, 2013 at 10:37 PM

    Where are our friends who are convinced we stink?

  17. David Proctor - Sep 13, 2013 at 10:38 PM

    Braves lose. That’s significant because every loss makes it harder for them to clinch at Nats Park.

  18. nats128 - Sep 13, 2013 at 10:38 PM

    Braves lost LOL

  19. natsfan1a - Sep 13, 2013 at 10:39 PM

    Hey, Freddie. thhhtpp!

  20. NatsLady - Sep 13, 2013 at 10:41 PM

    M’s pulled Iwakuma after only 94 pitches. They probably HATE NL baseball! STL tied it, 1-1.

    Barves lost!

  21. nats128 - Sep 13, 2013 at 10:46 PM

    Lohse batting for himself in the 8th and most likely going for a complete game.

    • Steady Eddie - Sep 13, 2013 at 10:53 PM

      Yup, starts the ninth getting Phillips to fly out on two pitches.

  22. NatsLady - Sep 13, 2013 at 10:48 PM

    So….. Nats vs Tigers in the WS just as the pundits predicted and why did we bother playing the games?

  23. nats128 - Sep 13, 2013 at 10:58 PM

    Reds lose. Kyle Lohse with a complete game 4 hitter! Thank you very much!

  24. Steady Eddie - Sep 13, 2013 at 10:58 PM

    4.5 back with 15 to play, tough but doable.
    MLB Tv talking all about the Nats.

  25. David Proctor - Sep 13, 2013 at 10:58 PM

    Reds lose!

  26. natsfan1a - Sep 13, 2013 at 10:59 PM

    Yay! Now I can go to sleep. :-)

  27. Eugene in Oregon - Sep 13, 2013 at 10:59 PM

    Well done, Mr. Lohse.

  28. nats128 - Sep 13, 2013 at 11:00 PM

    ‘When I was catching I loved to throw”, Bryce Harper said. “I loved to backdoor guys.”

    What are you trying to say Bryce?

  29. nats128 - Sep 13, 2013 at 11:02 PM

    Nats 4 back in the loss column.

  30. Mrsb loves the Nats - Sep 13, 2013 at 11:10 PM

    4.5 …. ‘Nuff said….

  31. David Proctor - Sep 13, 2013 at 11:10 PM

    September 13, 2011. The Cardinals were 4.5 back of the Braves.

    September 13, 2013. The Nationals are 4.5 of the Reds.

    Just sayin’.

  32. MicheleS - Sep 13, 2013 at 11:20 PM

    WOOOOO HOOOOOOOO!!! Just got home. Great game, and not many Philly fans to boot!!!

    • Sec 3, My Sofa - Sep 14, 2013 at 12:09 AM

      How many do you need to boot?

      Nevermind, I know: All of them.

  33. nats128 - Sep 13, 2013 at 11:21 PM

    Desmond: “This game, you are what you are, and by the end of the day, we might look up and Zim might have 30 and 100. That is who he is.”

    Desi is kind considering Ryan Z is at 24 and 73 right now. I guess 30 and 90 is within reach with 15 games remaining with the way Z is going.

  34. Theophilus T.S. - Sep 13, 2013 at 11:22 PM

    I hope they’re willing to spend a million or so to keep Ohlendorf around for next season. Between him, Detwiler, Karns, Taylor and Roark I think they have enough candidates for two spots in next season’s rotation. I’d really rather Rizzo spent money on a backup catcher and a couple of decent LH bench bats than on another rent-a-wreck guy as the No. 4-5 starter.

    Tonite wasn’t Ohlendorf’s best performance but he really seems to have found some sort of elixir; I really don’t remember him ever being a 94 mph guy. At least w/ Ohlendorf under control Rizzo will be able to be selective rather than sign someone off the junk heap in a panic.

    • Sec 3, My Sofa - Sep 13, 2013 at 11:45 PM

      Well, assuming he’s as good next season as he has been so far this one, but I agree it’s worth a million or so to find out. Problem comes if somebody else thinks it’s worth $4MM to find out. They will need several, because they won’t all work out. “No such thing … “

  35. Theophilus T.S. - Sep 13, 2013 at 11:24 PM

    Return of the WOOHOO1

    • Sec 3, My Sofa - Sep 13, 2013 at 11:41 PM

      And we have our slogan for 2014!

  36. coolhandbane - Sep 13, 2013 at 11:34 PM

    So on the ESPN conversation thread of today’s game, someone believes zimmy is using a cork in his bat just because he suddenly started hitting home runs. L O L

    Great win NATS

    • Sec 3, My Sofa - Sep 13, 2013 at 11:41 PM

      That’s particularly funny, in that it’s not at all clear corking a bat does any good.

  37. Sec 3, My Sofa - Sep 13, 2013 at 11:48 PM

    “Return of the Woooo-Hoooo” ™ Michele

    I like it!

    Got home (not at the game, alas) in time to see the Reds lose to Lohse, and see the Braves score go final, 4-3 Padres! Better teams than those guys have choked like dogs in the last weeks of a season.

  38. Manassas Nats Fan - Sep 13, 2013 at 11:55 PM

    A terrible call in Texas and Angel Hernanez and Laz Diaz no where in the stadium.

    Andy Fletcher totally missed the call on a play that wasnt really close.

Archives

NL EAST STANDINGS

W L GB
WASHINGTON 55 44 --
ATLANTA 55 47 1.5
MIAMI 48 52 8.0
NEW YORK 48 54 8.5
PHILADELPHIA 44 58 12.5
Through Thursday's games

UPCOMING SCHEDULE
FRI: Nats at Reds, 7:10 p.m.
SAT: Nats at Reds, 4:05 p.m.
SUN: Nats at Reds, 1:10 p.m.
MON: Nats at Marlins, 7:10 p.m.
TUE: Nats at Marlins, 7:10 p.m.
WED: Nats at Marlins, 12:40 p.m.
THU: Phillies at Nats, 7:05 p.m.
Full season schedule

Mark joins Rob Carlin and Joe Orsulak every Thursday at 4 p.m. on Comcast SportsNet for a half-hour show on the Nats, Orioles and rest of MLB. Re-airs Thursdays at 11:30 p.m., Saturdays at 9 a.m. and Sundays at 11:30 a.m.

ON THE RADIO

As ESPN-980 AM's Nats Insider, Mark makes daily appearances on the station's various shows. Here's the 2014 schedule (subject to change)...

MON: 12:45 p.m.
TUE: 2:30 p.m.
WED: 4:30 p.m.
THU: 2:30 p.m.
FRI: 1:30 p.m., 5:30 p.m.
SAT: 10:30 a.m.

*All times Eastern. You can also listen to the station on 94.3 FM, 92.7 FM and online at ESPN980.com. Click here for past audio clips.

Follow us on Twitter