Bats Don’t Relent, Burnett Stymies Nats, Phils Win 7-2 – Phillies Nation
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Bats Don’t Relent, Burnett Stymies Nats, Phils Win 7-2

A.J. Burnett threw 93 pitches over six innings, striking out seven, walking two, and giving up just one run before being interrupted by a 24 minute rain delay. Burnett’s strong performance was more than enough to carry the Phils over the Washington Nationals 7-2.

Offense Strikes Early, Again. Does Not Relent.

In what felt like deja vu, the Phillies jumped out to a three-run, first-inning lead for the second night in a row. Tonight, the Big Piece took Tanner Roark deep, scoring Jimmy Rollins and Chase Utley. The offense added some insurance after seeing a 3-0 first inning lead evaporate yesterday. Cody Asche sent a Roark pitch into the stands in the second to extend the lead to 4-0, Carlos Ruiz drove in Domonic Brown on a double to left in the fifth to extend the lead to five, and Marlon Byrd pushed the lead to 7-0 in the fifth with a two-run single off of Ryan Mattheus.

Adam LaRoche, who had two of the three hits Burnett allowed, took Burnett deep in the sixth to cut the lead to 7-1. LaRoche’s success likely surprised few: entering the game, LaRoche was hitting .348/.444/.565 in 27 PA against Burnett.

Mario Hollands replaced Burnett after the rain delay and gave up a Zach Walters solo homer after getting two ground ball outs. Mike Adams bounced back from his worst outing of the young season with a perfect eighth, including two Ks. Antonio Bastardo struck out the side after Ian Desmond reached on a Cody Asche error in the ninth.

Rollins Has Big Night, Byrd Remain Hot

Rollins was 4-5 with 2 runs scored. With that offensive output, Rollins now ranks second among all MLB shortstops in fWAR for 2014, trailing only the scorching hot Troy Tulowitzki. Byrd is 16 for his last 43 (.372) with 2 HR and 12 RBI in that stretch. With 22 RBI, Byrd is tied for fifth in the NL with Colorado’s Charlie Blackmon and San Francisco’s Mike Morse.


Burnett earned the win, the first Phillies starter to win a decision at home in 2014. In striking out the side, Bastardo raised his K/9 IP for his career above 11, making him the Phillies leader in that category for pitchers with above 90 IP. Among Phillies with 200 or more IP, the next closest pitcher to Bastardo in K/9 IP is Cliff Lee, who trails Bastardo by over 2 K/9 IP.

The Phillies look to win the series against the Nationals tomorrow when Roberto Hernandez will start in place of Cole Hamels (flu symptoms, will start Tuesday instead) against former Phillies’ prospect Gio Gonzalez. Tomorrow’s game starts at 3:05 PM to accommodate those participating in the Broad Street Run. The Phillies are now just 2 and 1/2 games behind the Braves for first place in the NL East.






  1. "Big Ed" Delahanty

    May 4, 2014 at 12:01 am

    Hernias for the bullpen – stat. Nice solid game all around.

    • photoFred

      May 4, 2014 at 12:11 pm

      Good idea but, sadly, elective hernias are not covered under the PA’s agreement with MLB. 😉

      • Hogey's Role

        May 4, 2014 at 12:53 pm

        Heath bell was dfa’d this morning, he’s looked pretty rough the last three years, but probably still better than most of the scrubs we have

      • Ken Bland

        May 4, 2014 at 4:32 pm

        I’m glad to see Heath Bell’s name mentioned as a possibility because it sets up a comment he very much deserves.

        Let’s skip his current ability compared to members of the Phillies pen, and to what extent he might be a prototypical Amaro signee.

        Rather, let’s give Bell a chance to get his deserved go out on his terms. The man has 4 kids, at least 1 approaching teen years, and has always presented himself as a solid family man. It’s forever ago that he even had a taste of northeast living, add that he’s made some 30 mil (?) in his career. There is no chance he entertains mixing playing the year out with the Phils rather than seguing into retirement and going forward with his family. It’s too perfect a time, and he’s tried resurrecting his career enough times that it’s a tremendous time for him to call it a day with no regrets. Maybe there’s one, maybe 2, perhaps even 3 clubs with whom he’d consider giving it one more shot. The man’s a total stranger to me, but there’s no chance he would come to the Phils. So there’s no need to worry about if he’d be a fit in their pen.

  2. Jacob Muran

    May 4, 2014 at 3:03 am

    Good win.. Hollands must be used more in key spots. Diekman isn’t made for crunch time at all

    • Chuck A.

      May 4, 2014 at 7:43 am

      Sounds like “over-managing” to me…

      • Hogey's Role

        May 4, 2014 at 10:09 am

        Absolute over managing

  3. Hogey's Role

    May 4, 2014 at 10:16 am

    Every now and then these guys show a glimpse of something promising, I’m still really not sure what we are, if we can compete for a playoff spot or if we’re destined for another losing season… Idk how much more my heart can take

    • photoFred

      May 4, 2014 at 12:22 pm

      So after today’s game the Phightins will have played roughly 18% of their regular season—a fair sample. They seem to be a .500 team. Now that may be better than some of us feared, but nothing to write home about. With a bit more consistency in the bullpen maybe they are a little above .500. Not great, and I don’t expect Nats and Braves to play down to our level all season.

      Really need Hamels to get it together. Would love to have Ruf available. Asche has to quit losing that bat—the one that has the hits in it. Diekman has to get tougher in game situations. Chances of all that happening at once…?

    • wbramh

      May 4, 2014 at 2:07 pm

      “I’m still really not sure what we are…”
      Probably an overachieving, under .500 team.
      If they’re still playing .500 ball in October I’ll be pleasantly surprised.
      On the other hand, mediocrity breeds mediocrity. I fear an 80-win season will only perpetuate the status quo and this team is not working with a nucleus designed to improve with age.
      Oh well, as long as they can remain competitive it’s still baseball.
      I’ve lived through many decades of less-than-competitive baseball and still watched and enjoyed the games.
      CAll me a sucker but I can’t help myself.

      • Lefty

        May 4, 2014 at 2:36 pm

        if they’re still playing 500 ball in October? I’d be delighted if they play any ball in October. 🙂

      • wbramh

        May 4, 2014 at 7:18 pm

        Well, okay – September 28th. That’s like extremely early October.

  4. Jacob Muran

    May 4, 2014 at 12:48 pm

    You mean like taking Lee out in the series opener with a 1 run lead and plenty of pitches left in the tank? #OverManager

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