Three hits was all the Phillies could muster against lefty Ross Detwiler, as the Phillies fell short of a sweep over the Nationals in the 3-0 loss.
Cole Hamels went seven innings and struck out nine while walking one, a nice turnaround from his career-high six walk performance last start. Hamels did allow eight hits and three runs, but it clearly was all about his counterpart, Detwiler.
The Phillies offense could do very little against the hard-tossing left-hander. Detwiler was pulled after just seven innings and 88 pitches, but easily could have finished it out. All night long, Detwiler jammed Phillies batters and made it uncomfortable in the box, even though he struck out just three.
No Phillies hitter had more than one hit – Chase Utley, Kevin Frandsen, and Michael Martinez accounted for the three. The Phillies had a shot at scoring in the second inning, but John Mayberry was gunned out at home plate on a strong throw by Bryce Harper.
Michael Schwimer had to work through a rough eighth, but got out unscathed. Schwimer hasn’t allowed an earned run June 13.
Jayson Werth returned for the Nationals, three months after breaking his wrist against the Phillies at Nationals Park in a start made by Cole Hamels. He went 1-for-3 with a walk.