June 19, 2013
Box Score (From ESPN.com)
By Nick Tricome
Michael Young hit a 2-run shot to left for his third home run of the season and the 1,000th and 1,001st RBIs of his career. The career milestone happened in the bottom of the first inning of Wednesday night's game, and is something that Young can add to an already solid 14-year tenure in the big leagues.
The problem is that it would be the nine more innings before the Phillies got another hit.
With the chance to sweep the National League East rival Washington Nationals, the Phillies lost 6-2 in 11 innings. Despite a lack of offense however, it appeared the Phillies were quickly on their way to their third straight win...Before they got to the ninth inning that is.
Kyle Kendrick got the start on Wednesday night and he was dealing.
After Washington's Adam LaRoche singled in the second, Kendrick retired 16 straight batters before walking Ryan Zimmerman in the seventh.
With a 2-0 lead from the get-go, Kendrick kept the game moving with six innings of shutout pitching.
However, Zimmerman would would score after being walked in the seventh. LaRoche's soft groundout was enough to move Zimmerman up to second, then a single to right by Jayson Werth allowed Zimmerman to round third and score to cut the Phillies lead to one.
Kendrick finished out the seventh inning and pitched two-thirds of the eighth, before Antonio Bastardo was brought into wrap up the inning, which ended with pinch-hitter Chris Marrero flying out to Ben Revere in center.
Jonathan Papelbon came for the save in the ninth, but he ended up blowing his second save of the series and the season.
With Denard Span on second following a single and walk to LaRoche with two outs, Jayson Werth hit another single into left that brought Span home and tied the game at two.
Carlos Ruiz would get the Phillies first hit since Young's homer with a single to center field, but the team never built off of it.
Instead Washington's Drew Storen pitched a scoreless tenth to match Mike Adams' appearance in extras.
Michael Stutes came in to pitch the 11th and it didn't end well.
Ryan Zimmerman hit a one-out double, then Stutes intentionally walked LaRoche to deal with Werth, who had already batted in the two runs that kept Nationals alive.
The result of the at-bat? Stutes walked him to load the bases. Then Ian Desmond stepped up right after, hit a grand slam and the game was pretty much done.
Rafael Soriano came in for Washington, allowed a single to Michael Young, but got the three outs to end it.
The Phillies (35-38) fall back into third in the NL East, while Washington's win (35-36) in the series finale puts them a game ahead of the Phils in second.
The New York Mets will come to town for a three-game series on Friday. Unfortunately, the Phillies won't have the momentum of a sweep against Washington heading into it.
Cole Hamels (2-10, 4.40 ERA), who has a rough year so far, will be on the mound against the Mets' Jeremy Hefner (1-6, 3.96 ERA).
Notables: Chase Utley, who has been out since May 20 with a right oblique strain, began his rehab assignment with Double-A Reading on Wednesday night. According to CSNPhilly.com's Jim Salisbury, Utley is likely to play another rehab game on Thursday night with the best-case scenario being him getting activated for Friday night's series opener against the Mets.
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