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Power And Pitching Give Phils Win Over Nats

With his performance tonight, Vance Worley gave the Phillies exactly what they needed. (AP)

Behind three solo home runs, including one from Nate Schierholtz, and a gutty pitching performance, the Phillies were able to grind out a 3-2 victory in Washington tonight. The win puts the Phils in position to sweep the first-place Nationals tomorrow with Cole Hamels on the mound. So far, this series has felt like better times.


– July was a cruel month for Vance Worley. In his five starts, he went 1-2 with a 6.43 ERA. He had a month to forget, and that’s something that hasn’t happened much to Worley since he became a fixture in the rotation last season. In fact, his July ERA was the highest Worley has posted in any month during his young career. He’s pitching with bone chips in his elbow, and it’s not unreasonable to suggest that is affecting him. He was also likely victimized by a season-high .427 BABIP during the month of July. Tonight, however, neither bone chips nor misfortune affected Worley’s results.

– After some first inning jitters, Worley would settle in nicely and provide the Phils with a solid effort. The final line: 7 IP, 2 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 0 K. Both runs were unearned because of the Kevin Frandsen error and a couple other misplays in the first that led to them. After that inning, Worley was stellar. Perhaps most impressive about his outing is the fact that he recorded no strikeouts. That’s the first time he’s ever done that. I’m betting he wouldn’t have guessed that his first start without a strikeout would last seven innings, and he’d allow no earned runs. With a stagnant offense, Worley’s effort tonight was a big part of the victory.


– As mentioned above, the Phillies offense didn’t do much tonight. There were two bright spots, though. One of those was the Phillies’ veteran shortstop. After going through a bit of a slump, Jimmy Rollins has come to life in Washington. He followed up his thrilling insider the park home run last night with two traditional bombs tonight, one in the third and one in the fifth. He also just missed homering in the first. He wasn’t just the table setter tonight. He provided 66% of the offense. This team has undergone a pretty substantial change in its makeup, and it’s up to Rollins, as the leader, to help see his teammates through this next chapter.  The best way for Rollins to do that is by setting an example with his play on the field. In his first two games since the trades, he’s done a great job of that. He would receive a little help tonight…


– Nate Schierholtz introduced himself to his new teammates rather stylishly when he crushed a ball to left to give the Phils the lead in the fifth inning. He also got his first hit as a Phillie with his single to right in the third inning. On the night, Schierholtz went 2-for-4. He also made a few nice catches in the outfield, which was a big breath of fresh air after four months of Hunter Pence.


– Ruben Amaro Jr. said yesterday that Domonic Brown was in his plans for the outfield next season. Over the next two months, Brown will finally get a real chance to play every day. If that goes well–and, perhaps, even if it doesn’t–Brown will be one of the corner outfielders next season. Seeing how Brown responds to this opportunity will easily be one of the most compelling reasons to watch the Phillies over the final two months.

– After singling in a pinch hit appearance last night, Brown went 0-for-4 tonight. He did show off some skill in the field. While Brown’s ability to track down a fly ball left a lot to be desired, he’s always had a canon. In the second inning, he fired a strike to home plate from left field to cut down Edwin Jackson. It was a mistake to send a pitcher in that situation, but, to his credit, Brown delivered a frozen rope to the plate and made sure the Nats paid. The play would be the difference in a one-run ballgame. The Dom Brown era begins, thusly.


– Not wanting to leave anyone out of the new-look Phillies debut, Charlie Manuel opted to bring in newly-acquired right-hander Josh Lindblom to record some outs in the eighth inning. He allowed a single to Ryan Zimmerman, but got a strikeout for the second out. Erik Kratz would throw out Zimmerman stealing second to get the final out of the inning. After an uneventful ninth, the Phillies had a second straight victory.

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  1. Lefty

    August 1, 2012 at 10:26 pm

    No pressure now, just let the young guys play, let the new guys play, pile up some wins and have fun.

  2. DavidE

    August 1, 2012 at 10:27 pm

    It ain’t over till we say its over!!!

    Four quality starts in a row with the last two by Cliff Lee and Vance Worley being paricularly good.

    • schmenkman

      August 1, 2012 at 10:38 pm

      Yep. The only two runs by the Nats so far were unearned.

    • c schreiber

      August 2, 2012 at 10:15 pm



    August 1, 2012 at 10:30 pm

    Time for everyone to stay loose and have fun. Let the chips fall where they may.

  4. Lefty

    August 1, 2012 at 10:45 pm

    After spending his entire career playing at Pac Bell, I now wonder if Schierholtz might have a little more pop than I he’s shown. It sure is nice having a guy that doesn’t send my blood pressure to the moon every time a ball is hit to right field.

    • schmenkman

      August 1, 2012 at 10:52 pm

      Looking at his home-away splits, he has hit more HRs on the road (17 vs. 6), but more doubles at home (43 vs. 29).

      Overall, his home and away stats are almost identical:

      home: .271/.323/.408 (.732 OPS)
      away: .270/.316/.415 (.731 OPS)

      Nevertheless, moving from AT&T to CBP should help a lefty hitter like him.

      • Lefty

        August 1, 2012 at 10:57 pm

        And don’t forget about my blood pressure, that’s very important too!

  5. SavannahPhilliesPhan

    August 1, 2012 at 11:16 pm

    All I can say is WOW!!!

  6. Chuck A.

    August 1, 2012 at 11:54 pm

    Lefty, might I suggest some medical treatment? Or supplements? Or maybe yoga?

    • Ryne Duren

      August 2, 2012 at 12:08 am

      hey chuck i tried yoga! gave me diarrea! oh wait that was yogurt! never mind. lefty go to the doctor for your high blood pressure. and don’t eat yogurt you’ll be on the john grunting! that’s not good for your BP

  7. "Big Ed" Delahanty

    August 2, 2012 at 12:32 am

    Lefty, I agree. Pence would have never made that catch if he was there, and Harper would have been on third. Also, try a nice small-batch bourbon, like Basil Hayden, always keeps my pressure at an even keel, except for this season. Go Phils!

  8. Melvin

    August 2, 2012 at 12:34 am

    Anybody know the last time Pieere played any CF? Man, we gotta find a way to get this guy in the lineup. As it currently stands it looks an everyday OF of Brown-Mayberry-Schierholtz.

    • Lefty

      August 2, 2012 at 6:29 am

      I’m sure he’ll get his chances, but no Pierre doesn’t play CF. Michael Martinez was brought back to be the alternate CF and 3B.

  9. Greg

    August 2, 2012 at 12:51 am

    Schierholtz’s play in the 8th was the game-winner. Harper was easily standing on 3rd with no outs if that ball falls.

    I hope it gets the credit it deserves.

    • schmenkman

      August 2, 2012 at 1:05 am

      He wouldn’t have been able to cut it off if he played it for a single the whole way?

  10. artemis

    August 2, 2012 at 2:33 am

    What are these wins against the leading NL team all about ? Is it saying that we lost the first half of the season because of the pressure (to win the Division/Season)? Or is it saying the Nats are taking it easy since it doesn’t matter how they play against us – Davey Johnson saying win or lose, who cares?

    • brooks

      August 2, 2012 at 5:44 am

      It’s nice to be a part of but arte, don’t get too comfortable.

  11. Manny

    August 2, 2012 at 10:22 am

    That a nice win! Let’s sweep the Expos tonight!!

  12. Eusebio Mormann

    August 7, 2012 at 10:31 pm

    I like this weblog very much, Its a rattling nice post to read and get information. “Repetition does not transform a lie into a truth.” by Franklin D. Roosevelt.

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