Jun 5, 2014, 12:04 PM EST
The Nationals have put together a nice little run here as of late, winning four of their last five games and scoring a bunch of runs in the process. Tonight they send Doug Fister (3-1, 3.34) to the mound for his sixth start of the season as they look for the sweep against Philly.
Having pitched the majority of his career in the American League, Fister has very little experience against the Phillies. He has one start against the franchise on his record, on July 26 of last season. He pitched eight innings and gave up just three hits and no earned runs. He outdueled Cole Hamels that day as the Tigers beat the Phillies 2-1.
Kyle Kendrick (1-5, 4.21) will start for the Phillies in his 12th appearance of the season. He has yet to face the Nats this season, but has 22 (!) starts against them in his career. Combined with two relief appearances, Kendrick holds a 4.85 ERA against the Nats across 120 2/3 total innings.
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PHILADELPHIA PHILLIES at WASHINGTON NATIONALS
Where: Nationals Park
Gametime: 4:05 p.m. EDT
TV: MASN, MLB.tv
Radio: 106.7 FM, 1500 AM, XM 184, MLB.com
Weather: Partly cloudy, 80 degrees, Wind 12 mph out to CF
CF Denard Span
2B Anthony Rendon
RF Jayson Werth
1B Adam LaRoche
LF Ryan Zimmerman
3B Kevin Frandsen
SS Danny Espinosa
C Jose Lobaton
RHP Doug Fister
CF Ben Revere
SS Jimmy Rollins
2B Chase Utley
1B Ryan Howard
RF John Mayberry
LF Dominic Brown
C Wil Nieves
3B Reid Brignac
RHP Kyle Kendrick
HP Ron Kulpa (cc)
1B John Tumpane
2B Mike Everitt
3B Ed Hickox
4:16 p.m. — The Phillies got a run in the first inning on a Utley RBI single. Revere led off with a double, was moved to third on a Rollins’ sac bunt, and then scored on Utley’s hit. The inning also featured two impressive defensive plays by Fister. On the Rollins bunt he grabbed the ball on a full sprint before tossing it to first for the out. Rollins nearly beat the ball to the bag. Fister then did a full split trying to stretch for a double play while covering first. A first baseman in college, Fister showed off his flexibility there.
4:30 p.m. — The Nationals tied it up in the bottom half of the inning thanks to a Zimmerman RBI single. With men on first and second, Zim took the first pitch from Kendrick for a single to left field. It was a groundball that was fast enough to get past Rollins and slow enough to score Rendon from second. The game is now tied at 1-1.
4:46 p.m. — Nothing going for either team in the second inning. Fister put in a 1-2-3 inning and is at 25 pitches after two. Lobaton walked and got to second on a Fister sac bunt, but the Nats failed to bring him home. Kendrick has thrown 31 pitches.
5:06 p.m. — Still 1-1 after three innings as both teams saw runners get on base, but no one score. Rollins doubled off Fister, who has now thrown 44 pitches. The ball was hit to left field and required Zimmerman to throw to the cutoff man in the infield. He went off his back foot and fired an accurate strike to Espinosa at short. The Nats saw Rendon hit by a pitch and Werth walk with no outs before three straight outs on balls hit in play ended the frame.
5:17 p.m. — Fister got the Phillies out in order to begin the fourth and is now at 56 pitches on the afternoon. Espinosa led off with a single in the bottom half of the inning, but a Lobaton GIDP and Fister groundout ended the inning. It’s still 1-1 with the fifth inning up next.
5:38 p.m. — With the way things have been going, the Nationals’ offense was bound for a breakout inning this afternoon. In the fifth they scored three runs, one on a Werth RBI single and the other two on a LaRoche two-run bomb to right field. The Nats now lead the Phillies 4-1 with the sixth inning up next.
5:58 p.m. — No runs to report on in the sixth inning as Fister continued to cruise in the top half of the frame. He has now retired 17 of his last 19 batters. The Nats then saw Espinosa lead off with a walk, but no runs come across. Still 4-1 as Fister will go back out there having thrown 82 pitches through six.
6:13 p.m. — The Phillies got to Fister for another run, this on a solo homer by Mayberry. Fister got the next three outs and is now done as Tyler Clippard will take over to begin the eighth.
6:37 p.m. — Still a 4-1 game after eight as Rafael Soriano will take over looking for his 12th save of the season.
6:46 p.m. — Soriano shut it down, Nats win 4-2. Here’s my instant analysis: http://natsinsider.com/2014/06/05/instant-analysis-nats-4-phillies-2-2/
COUNTDOWN TO OPENING DAY
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