Phillies 8, Nationals 0
On his team’s most chaotic day of the season, Philadelphia
Phillies manager Charlie Manuel didn’t give his players a fiery pep
talk or words of wisdom – or any advice at all.
”The best thing you can do sometimes is not say nothing,”
Cliff Lee threw seven innings and scored on Jimmy Rollins’
inside-the-park home run to lead the Phillies to an 8-0 victory
over the Washington Nationals on Tuesday night.
On the same day Philadelphia traded outfielders Shane Victorino
to the Los Angeles Dodgers and Hunter Pence to the San Francisco
Giants, one of the Phillies’ other former All-Stars heavily
involved in trade rumors – Lee – excelled.
Lee (2-6) allowed five hits and one walk and struck out seven
for Philadelphia, which snapped a three-game losing streak.
”I signed here to win here,” Lee said. ”Obviously, nobody is
happy with the way this year has gone, but this is where I want to
Stephen Strasburg (11-5) allowed a season-high six earned runs
and had season-lows with three strikeouts and 65 pitches.
”Obviously, he didn’t have his best stuff and his location
wasn’t real good,” Nationals manager Davey Johnson said. ”He was
fighting himself, young pitcher, lost a little poise. It’s part of
growing up. ”
Lee hit a two-out single to drive in John Mayberry Jr. in the
fourth inning. For good measure, Lee stole second, his second
career steal, before scoring on Rollins’ fourth career
inside-the-park home run.
Rollins blasted the ball off the wall in right, and outfielder
Bryce Harper crashed into the fence. The ball rolled back toward
the infield and Harper had little chance to throw out Rollins once
the right fielder recovered the ball.
”I thought I could catch it. I didn’t,” said Harper, who added
he was not hurt on the play.
It was just one of the ways the last-place Phillies – still 15
1-2 games out of first place in the NL East – were sharper than the
first-place Nationals on Tuesday, a day Philadelphia seemingly
acknowledged its run of five straight division titles would
Kevin Frandsen, whom the Phillies recalled from Triple-A Lehigh
Valley when they placed third baseman Placido Polanco on the 15-day
disabled list Thursday, hit a two-run homer in the second.
Juan Pierre stole second and third on consecutive pitches in the
third and scored when catcher Jesus Flores’ throw to third went
into left field.
Ryan Howard reached first base after striking out on a wild
pitch in the seventh inning.
”No one’s giving up. No one’s folded yet,” Lee said. ”So,
it’s game on.”
Notes: After trading Pence and Victorino on Tuesday, the
Phillies started Pierre in left field, Mayberry in center and
Laynce Nix in right. Manuel said Mayberry and Domonic Brown, who
was recalled from Lehigh Valley, would play more down the stretch.
”We probably want to find out about that, too,” Manuel said of
Brown’s ability to become an everyday player. ”I think he can, but
I haven’t seen him a whole lot.” Brown pinch-hit in the eighth
inning and singled. ”It felt great,” Brown said. ”I felt like
I’m at home.” … Ryan Zimmerman and Adam LaRoche of the Nationals
missed Tuesday’s game with minor back injuries. Johnson said he
thinks both will play Wednesday. … Strasburg , who singled in the
first, raised his batting average to .333. … Nationals pitcher
Henry Rodriguez walked Mayberry on a ball four that sailed well
over Mayberry’s head and straight into the net behind home plate.
… Lee has never been caught stealing. … Rollins’ last
inside-the-park home run came on April 7, 2007, against
then-Florida Marlins pitcher Dontrelle Willis. … On Tuesday,
Washington began a stretch of 17 games in 16 days. The Nationals,
who host a doubleheader with Miami on Aug. 3, have their next
scheduled day off on Aug. 16. … Washington’s Edwin Jackson (6-6,
3.52) is scheduled to face Vance Worley (5-6, 3.88) on Wednesday