Jul 31, 2014, 2:45 PM EDT
One day after the Nats salvaged their road trip with a 4-3 win over the Marlins, they pick right back up to begin a four-game set with the Phillies at Nationals Park. It will be a showdown of lefties as Gio Gonzalez (6-6, 3.56) will go up against Cliff Lee (4-5, 3.78).
Gonzalez will look to build off his last time out, an excellent start against the Reds in Cincinnati. Gio went seven innings with one run allowed on July 26, though the Nats lost that day 1-0.
Gio will make his 10th career start against the Phillies. The two-time All-Star is 5-3 with a 2.48 ERA vs. Philly in 58 total innings.
Lee will face the Nationals for the 13th time in his career. He is 6-4 with a 2.74 ERA and 83 strikeouts in 85 1/3 innings.
Check back for updates throughout the game…
PHILADELPHIA PHILLIES at WASHINGTON NATIONALS
Where: Nationals Park
Gametime: 7:05 p.m. EDT
TV: MASN2, MLB.tv
Radio: 1500 AM, 1580 AM, XM 178, MLB.com
Weather: Scattered T-storms, 83 degrees, wind 9 mph in from RF
CF Denard Span
3B Anthony Rendon
RF Jayson Werth
1B Adam LaRoche
SS Ian Desmond
LF Bryce Harper
C Wilson Ramos
2B Danny Espinosa
LHP Gio Gonzalez
CF Ben Revere
SS Jimmy Rollins
2B Chase Utley
RF Marlon Byrd
C Carlos Ruiz
LF Grady Sizemore
1B Darin Ruf
3B Andres Blanco
LHP Cliff Lee
HP Tom Hallion
1B Tripp Gibson
2B Chris Guccione
3B Eric Cooper
7:24 p.m. — Both Gonzalez and Lee are off to good starts with each getting out of the first in short order. Gio let up a single to Rollins, but nothing more. He threw 13 pitches while Lee needed 11.
7:36 p.m. — Gio got the Phillies out 1-2-3 in the second, and Lee got through the Nats in just nine pitches. Gio is at 29 pitches, Lee has thrown 20. Still 0-0 with the third up next.
7:57 p.m. — After Gonzalez escaped a mini-jam in the third – he allowed two singles – Lee has now been removed from the game. After throwing a pitch to Span, he immediately called for the training staff and quickly left with what appeared to be an arm injury. Antonio Bastardo is now pitching for the Phillies.
8:31 p.m. — The Phillies broke this game open in the top of the fourth and knocked Gio out of the game. They plated five runs, all charged as earned to Gonzalez. Byrd and Ruiz led off with singles before Sizemore doubled them home for the first two runs. The third came on a Dominic Brown groundball to Espinosa, who mistakenly threw home. That scored Sizemore. The fourth run was on a Revere single and the fifth was on an Utley groundball that should have been a double play. The ball went to Espinosa who flipped it to Desmond, but Desmond dropped the ball on the double play attempt. The bases were loaded and that allowed a run to score. Ross Detwiler is now pitching for the Nats while Mario Hollands has taken over for the Phils.
8:42 p.m. — The Nats struck back with a run of their own in the bottom of the fourth. Rendon led off with a walk and moved to second on a wild pitch. Two batters later he was brought home by a Ramos single to center field. It’s now a 5-1 game.
9:05 p.m. — The Nationals added two more runs in the bottom of the fifth thanks to Span, who just continues to rake in the month of July. Harper and Frandsen led off with back-to-back singles and a pinch-hitting Scott Hairston was hit in the foot by a pitch to load the bases. Span then singled to right field to score Harper and Frandsen to make this a 5-3 game. Jerry Blevins will now take the mound to begin the sixth inning.
9:29 p.m. — The Phillies added two more runs in the sixth to make this a 7-3 game. The first came on an RBI single by Rollins to score Revere. Revere singled and moved to second on a wild pitch from Blevins before coming all the way home on Rollins’ line drive to left field. Rollins then stole second and third to set up a sacrifice fly by Utley for the second run. The Nats went down in order in the bottom half of the frame, and now Aaron Barrett will take over to pitch the seventh.
9:59 p.m. — The Nats cut into the Phillies lead once again with a run in the bottom of the seventh, but they could have had more. The run came on an Espinosa RBI single that scored Frandsen from third. Espinosa was then joined on base by Span who singled to allow Espinosa to reach third with one out. Rendon then lined out to right field on a ball that did not give Espinosa enough time to tag up and reach home, and Werth then struck out swinging. It’s a 7-4 game with Craig Stammen coming in to pitch for the Nats in the top of the eighth.
10:27 p.m. — Philly padded their lead with three more runs in the top of the eighth to go up 10-4. Byrd singled home two runs before Sizemore notched his second RBI hit of the evening. The Nats then went down 1-2-3 to take us to the ninth. Stammen will go back out there after his unfortunate eighth, his first appearance since July 22.
10:41 p.m. — That’s it, Nats lose 10-4. Nationals are now 58-48 on the year.
NL EAST STANDINGS
x-Clinched division title
THU: Nats at Marlins, 7:10 p.m.
FRI: Nats at Marlins, 7:10 p.m.
SAT: Nats at Marlins, 7:10 p.m.
SUN: Nats at Marlins, 1:10 p.m.
TUE: Mets at Nats, 7:05 p.m.
WED: Mets at Nats, 7:05 p.m.
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