Sep 13, 2013, 10:09 PM EDT
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. The 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): The 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.
FINAL NL EAST STANDINGS
NL POSTSEASON SCHEDULE
WED: Giants at Pirates, 8:07 p.m. (ESPN)
FRI: Game 1, Pirates at Nats, 12:07 p.m.,
OR Giants at Nats, 3:07 p.m. (FS1)
SAT: Game 2, PIT/SF at Nats, 5:37 p.m. (FS1)
MON: Game 3, Nats at PIT/SF, TBA (MLBN)
OCT. 7: Game 4, Nats at PIT/SF, TBA (FS1)*
OCT. 9: Game 5, PIT/SF at Nats, TBA (FS1)*
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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.
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