2010 Game Recaps

Strasburg deals, Nats have way with Phils 8-1

Jason Heyward and Buster Posey have nothing on the hype Stephen Strasburg (5-3, 2.91) carries with him into each one of his starts. The kid was perhaps the most anticipated debut in major league history. Since returning from the DL Strasburg had struggled a bit giving up nine runs (seven earned) in 9.1 innings but looked to get back on track tonight against the Phillies.

Strasburg went 4 1/3 innings allowing one run and striking out six before alerting team trainers and Manager Jim Riggleman that something was wrong. ESPN’s Jayson Stark is saying it is a strained flexor tendon in his forearm and will have an MRI tomorrow.

The Phillies did welcome back first baseman Ryan Howard from the DL and he collected the first hit for Philadelphia against Strasburg. The Phillies had Howard, Chase Utley, Jimmy Rollins, and Placido Polanco in the lineup together for the first time since June 25 and only the 11th time this season. It was not a joyous reunion. For the second game in a row the Phillies’ offense only managed four hits and one run. Having Roy Halladay pitch last night, that kind of production gets the job done. Tonight was another story altogether.

Kyle Kendrick (8-6, 4.58) opened the doors early for the Nationals walking the bases loaded in the first inning in route to allowing three runs in the top frame and five total over 5 2/3 innings. Although Kendrick pitched badly tonight it was a total team effort that led to this loss. Shane Victorino and Raul Ibanez had three strikeouts each in the game.

The Phillies will send Roy Oswalt to the hill tomorrow to try and win the series finale and stay in the hunt for the NL East. He will be matched up against Scott Olsen.

10 Comments

10 Comments

  1. Pingback: Strasburg deals, Nats have way with Phils 8-1 « Acrylic Sports

  2. Andrew from Waldorf

    August 22, 2010 at 3:09 am

    Need to winsat big time
    Last series the fightins lost was to the Nats too

  3. Bart Shart

    August 22, 2010 at 10:41 am

    Hitting is lacklustre lately. Worrisome situation with the wood. Need to get hits and score. The only RBI came from Big Brown. Welcome back.

  4. JAY-AKA-PHILLYBOY

    August 22, 2010 at 11:48 am

    This is another must win…….ROY2 WILL GET THE JOB DONE…..lineup i think will score today even with chase getting day off……….

  5. JAY-AKA-PHILLYBOY

    August 22, 2010 at 12:15 pm

    The weather report does not look good……..

  6. Kate

    August 22, 2010 at 12:35 pm

    I agree that Kendrick melted down, but he got a lot of questionable calling during that first inning which just maximized all the possible damage. If Kendrick had gotten the outside pitches Strasburg was getting, he would have gotten out of the first one run down.

  7. Bruce

    August 22, 2010 at 1:02 pm

    It appears Stephen Strasburg may be heading to the DL again for the 2nd time within a month. That is a shame for a such a young pitcher with a world of talent. I hope he can be fully healthy for next season. Reminds me of another talented pitcher who was young and had an outstanding future ahead of him until injuries marred his career..Kerry Woods. Woods is now with the Yankees sharing duties as set up reliever.

    As for last night’s game, the loss is one to put behind immediately and focus on today’s game. The Phillies can’t afford to squander chances to gain ground on the division leader, the Braves, who also lost last night. With 40 games left to play, the team no longer have that luxury of losing against opponents that they are expected to win over. So let’s start with today’s game and get a win and take it from there.

  8. Bart Shart

    August 22, 2010 at 3:30 pm

    For the Phillies, Only Oswalt has two hits so far today. What does that tell you about the Phillies hitting of late? We need more table setters like Polanco. Hitting coach Greg Gross has his work cut out for him. Oswalt’s lifetime batting averabe is aroun .150.

  9. Bart Shart

    August 22, 2010 at 3:31 pm

    Bruce…. timely and insightful post comparing Woods and Strasburg. I totally agree.

  10. Grindex

    August 22, 2010 at 6:16 pm

    This is another must win……

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