July 11, 2013
Box Score (From ESPN.com)
By Zach Geibler
The Phillies needed to take this game and the series. They need to gain as much ground as possible in the National League East before the All-Star Break. They needed to prove themselves, and they did. The Phillies beat the Washington Nationals on Thursday night by a score of 3-1.
Kyle Kendrick took the mound tonight against Jordan Zimmerman, one of the leagues best.
Just like the night before, the first five innings yielded a pitching duel. It wasn't until the fifth where any scoring broke out.
The scoring was in the Phillies' favor. Hot hitter Ben Revere knocked in the first run of the game with a single. This was his second hit of the game, and his 28th multi-hit game of the year.
The Nationals tied the game in the sixth inning on a sacrifice-fly hit by Ryan Zimmerman. Bryce Harper scored the run.
The Phillies scored a run in each of the next to innings. In the seventh, Kevin Frandsen hit an RBI double to knock in John McDonald.
In the eighth, Chase Utley scored on a fielder's choice hit by Michael Young.
Kyle Kendrick pitched seven strong innings, giving up only one run, and leading way to closer Jonathan Papelbon.
Papelbon set down the Nationals in order to close the game and the series.
Kendrick earned his eighth win of the season, while Jordan Zimmerman gets the loss falling to 12-4. Papelbon earned his 20th save of the season, and seems to be back in his normal groove.
In less exciting news, Chase Utley became the first player with three errors in a game since David Bell in 2005. Tough luck for Chase in the field tonight.
The Phillies start the last series of the first half Friday night in an interleague match-up against the Chicago White Sox. With a 46-47 record, they will continue to make up as much ground in the division race as they can, while simultaneously trying to reach .500.
(Image from USA Today)