The Washington Nationals have a gem in Stephen Strasburg. The Philadelphia Phillies will attest to that after Sunday’s absolute gem from Strasburg. He pitched seven innings, allowed three hits, one walk and struck out ten batters. Tyler Clippard and Rafael Soriano closed out the game for the Nationals, allowing no hits and striking out three more.
Cole Hamels didn’t have a bad day at the office, either. The Phillies just don’t bring their bats to the ballpark when Hamels is scheduled to take the mound. He also pitched seven solid innings, allowing one unearned run on four hits and a walk. Hamels also struck out six batters. Ken Giles pitched the first out of the eighth inning, but didn’t seem to have his control today. He allowed two hits, two walks and three runs (two earned) to go with one strikeout. Jake Diekman pitched the rest of the eighth inning, striking out two batters.
The Phillies bats were pretty awful again Sunday. Jimmy Rollins collected a hit to go with his strikeout and Cody Asche added two more hits. Asche and Hamels were the only Phillies starters who didn’t record a strikeout in the game. Ben Revere, Chase Utley and Ryan Howard had two each and Grady Sizemore added three of his own. The shutout brought the Phillies scoreless streak to 21-innings.
The Phillies will take Monday off before opening two three-game series at Citizens Bank Park against the Houston Astros and New York Mets. Hopefully playing some mediocre teams will get the Phillies bats moving again.
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