Reporting Byron Kerr
The Philadelphia Phillies asserted themselves Saturday night, recording nine hits and taking advantage of Nationals’ miscues, for a 5-0 shutout before a sold-out record crowd of 44,685 at Nationals Park.
The Phillies got on the board first again thanks to a Wilson Valdez two-run triple in the fourth. With two outs, John Mayberry singled then reached second on an error by Ian Desmond. Carlos Ruiz walked. Valdez slapped a triple down the right field line that Jayson Werth had trouble handling in the corner, Phillies up 2-0.
The Nationals had a chance to score in the fourth. Ryan Zimmerman led off with a single and Roy Oswalt walked Michael Morse. After an out, Jayson Werth singled to left. Third base coach Bo Porter sent Zimmerman, but he was thrown out at the plate by outfielder John Mayberry and a tag by Ruiz.
Philadelphia chased starter John Lannan (8-9) in the sixth. Hunter Pence led off with a solo homer to make it 3-0. John Mayberry and Carlos Ruiz singled. After a couple of fielder’s choices, Jimmy Rollins smacked a 2-run single and the Phillies led 5-0.
Oswalt (6-7) was outstanding for the Phillies, going eight innings, striking out nine, allowing eight hits, one walk and no runs. He fired 115 pitches, 82 of which were strikes. Michael Stutes tallied three outs for a scoreless ninth. It was the second time the Phillies had shutout the Nats this season (4-0, April 14) and they nowl ead the season series 8-5.
Ryan Zimmerman collected three hits for the Nationals. Ian Desmond committed an error.