Hernandez Outduels Hamels, Nationals Beat Phillies 4-2
The Nationals (57-61) and Phillies (77-41) faced off Friday Night, and Livan Hernandez put on a show. Hernandez pitched 6 and 2/3 innings striking out 3 and allowing one unearned run. Hernandez also helped his own cause at the plate, going 2-for-3 with 2 RBI’s.
The win was Hernandez’ 7th of the season, and an encouraging sign after getting shelled in Colorado last Saturday. Hamels was a little wild in his 5 innings. Hamels gave up three runs and scattered six hits and four walks over his 5 innings.
The Nats got the scoring started in the 2nd inning when Hernandez singled in Wilson Ramos and Laynce Nix went to second. Rick Ankiel singled in Nix to make it 2-0. Philly responded in the second when Wilson Valdez singled in Ryan Howard.
Jayson Werth grounded out to first to score Rick Ankiel in the fifth, but Wilson Ramos struck out swinging with Danny Espinosa on second and Ryan Zimmerman on third to end the threat. Livan singled in Ian Desmond in the 6th for the Nats final run.
The Phillies made things interesting in the 9th when Shane Victorino got an infield single. Chase Utley followed that up with a single of his own, Shane Victorino got to third. Drew Storen struck out Ryan Howard, before Hunter Pence hit a sac fly that scored Victorino. Raul Ibanez popped up to Danny Espinosa to end the game, and give Storen his 31st save of the year.
The Nationals and Phillies will face each other again tonight at 7:05 with John Lannan (8-7, 3.56 ERA) facing off against Roy Oswalt (4-7, 3.84 ERA). Follow Brendan Darr on twitter: @BrendanDarr1067