The big story before today’s Phillies – Nationals match-up was the reunion with Jayson Werth who left for a larger payday this past offseason. While Werth heard some boos from the Phillies fans who generally overrun Nationals Stadium, he also got the last laugh…for today, anyway.
Werth had two hits, including a double and a home run. He also walked once and scored twice. The boos either did not bother him or he found it to be motivating.
As for starter Joe Blanton, in his second attempt of the year, he faltered again. Blanton allowed five runs over seven innings to an anemic Nationals team. His 10.45 ERA is disturbing, although, it is still early in the season. Regardless, losing to the lowly Nationals is never fun.
And the Phillies offense did little to help Blanton. They seemed puzzled against veteran Livan Hernandez. Ryan Howard touched him up for a homer in the second inning, but hits after that were hard to come by and certainly were not timely.
In the seventh, after three straight singles and only one out, both John Mayberry Jr. and Shane Victorino struck out to end the threat. In the bottom of the inning, Antonio Bastardo walked a run home to make the score 6-1.
The Phillies tried again to rally against the Nats bullpen in the eighth. But although they got some runners on base and two runs scored, one on a ground ball and another on a wild pitch, it was not enough. The Phils went on to lose by a final score of 7-4.
Roy Halladay will take the mound tomorrow and try to hold down Werth and the Nats. Game time is 7:05pm.
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