With the game tied 1-1 in the sixth inning, Marlon Byrd launched a solo home run–his 21st on the year–to right field, which ended up being the eventual game winner.
Phillies starter Robert Hernandez tossed eight strong innings, allowing just one run (unearned), and five hits. Jonathan Papelbon saved his 26th game of the year. The win guarantees at least a split in this four game series with the first-place Nationals, something I don’t think anyone expected. Here are some other notes:
Sizemore Stays Hot
Grady Sizemore collected two more hits Friday night, upping his slash line numbers to .344/.382/.484. Of course, it’s a very small sample still, but impressive nonetheless. He’s arguably been the Phillies best hitter since he was called up. If this is a sign of him rejuvenating his career, it could be really good news for the Phillies.
A Horse With Two Names
Over his last four starts, Roberto Hernandez (and Fausto Carmona) has thrown 28.2 innings while allowing just six earned runs (1.88 ERA). He’s been a “horse”, Ricky Bo likes to say, as he’s thrown 8, 5.2, 7, and 8 innings in those starts. This has helped the Phillies a ton in resting some guys in the bullpen.
A.J. Burnett and Jordan Zimmerman will square off tomorrow, as the Phils and Nats play the third of this four game series at 7:05. If the Phillies win, it’ll be the first series win in Washington since this time in 2012.