Before the season started, many predicted the Washington Nationals to win the World Series while predicting that the Phillies would be one of, if not the worst team in baseball. Well, someone forgot to tell both ball clubs that this weekend as the Phillies took two out of three from the Nationals at Citizens Bank Park.
Friday night was a pitchers duel between Jerome Williams and former Phillies prospect Gio Gonzalez. Williams gave up one run over six innings pitched. Gonzalez had a shut out going through the 6th inning until Cesar Hernandez came up in the 7th inning. As a pinch hitter for Williams, Hernandez recorded his first hit of the season with a two run, RBI single. While that was all the Phillies needed, they went on to scoring two more runs that inning. Papelbon came in for his second save of the season as he sealed the 4-1 victory for the Phils.
Saturday’s matchup was yet another pitchers duel. Cole Hamels took the mound to rebound after his disappointing Opening Day loss. He gave up one earned run through seven innings while only allowing two hits in his no decision against the Nationals Doug Fister. The Phillies have yet to score a run while Hamels is on the mound this season. Fister shined through 6.1 innings. It was not until the 8th inning that the Phillies were able to put runs on the board. Thanks to timely hitting from Utley, Howard, Ruiz, and Sizemore the Phillies were able to tie the game up 2-2 and head into extra innings for the first time in the 2015 season. With Ruiz on second, Odubel Herrera notched his first major league hit with a walk-off double as the Phillies won their first series of 2015. This also brought the club to above. 500 record, the first time since May 4th, 2014.
Sunday came close to a sweep, but the Phillies fell short against the Nationals in extra innings. Sean O’Sullivan made his season debut against Max Scherzer. O’Sullivan went six strong innings only allowing two runs over five hits. Scherzer was just a little bit better, allowing one run over the six innings. The Phillies tied it in the 7th inning, thanks to a pinch hit home run by Darin Ruf. Unfortunately, the game Phillies could not continue their extra inning magic as they gave up two runs in the 10th inning, eventually losing 4-3. Diekman was tagged with his first loss of the season.
The Phillies head to New York for a 1:05 PM start tomorrow in hopes to win another series against an NL East opponent. Aaron Harang is the probable starter for the Phillies, coming off of a solid debut last Wednesday against the Red Sox.