Posted by Danielle Wilson
The last time Cliff Lee faced the Nats at Nationals Park, he three-hit them, striking out 12. Jason Marquis has never had much luck against the Phillies, and his 9.67 earned run average against them says it all.
The Nationals took the lead early on in the bottom of the third inning, first with Jayson Werth's sacrifice fly that scored starter Jason Marquis, then an RBI single hit by Michael Morse which scored Roger Bernadina, and lastly, Danny Espinosa's three-run home run. 5-0 Nationals.
Yesterday, Ryan Howard and Raul Ibanez hit back-to-back solo homers for the first time this year. Tonight, Domonic Brown and John Mayberry Jr. did it for the second time this year, and it was Dom's first home run of the season. 5-2 Nationals.
Danny Espinosa went at it again in the sixth, going yard to give the Nats a 6-2 lead. Cliff Lee would only last five and 1/3 innings, allowing six earned runs to score off of seven hits, striking out four and walking three. Michael Stutes finished off the sixth inning for Lee, striking out one.
The Nationals secured their already big lead in the seventh, starting a rally against Danys Baez. First off, Michael Morse doubled to score Ian Desmond. Next, Ivan "Pudge" Rodriguez singled to score Morse, followed by Jerry Hairston's RBI single. 9-2 Nationals.
Jayson Werth doubled in the eighth off of Mike Zagurski (just recalled today) to score Cole Kimball (I don't know who that is, either) and give the Nats an 10-2 lead. Zagurski walked two in the eighth allowing a run to score off of one hit, striking out one.
The Phillies couldn't come back to score nine runs in the ninth, much to our dismay, and lose game two of the series, 10-2. Raul Ibanez is still stuck at 999 RBI for his career, and the Phillies are now 15-11 on the road this season. Roy Oswalt (3-2, 2.60 ERA) tomorrow against John Lannan (2-5, 4.40 ERA) at 1:05.