Hot may not be an accurate word to describe the Phillies day in D.C. where they beat the Nationals by a score of 5-4. Perhaps scorching, boiling or searing would be appropriate terminology.
But despite the 95 degree heat, Roy Halladay kept pushing for a win. He did not have an easy time either. Through seven innings, Doc gave up four runs, three of which were solo homers. But this time, the offense helped Halladay out.
Balls went flying off the bats like grenades in the sweltering heat:
The Nationals kept pace as the Phillies gained and lost the lead in the game like a see-saw. But not even ex-Phillie Jayson Werth could stop this Raul Ibanez homer. Ryan Howard hit one as well. The other photo is Werth striking out, just for fun:
The Phillies also showed a lot of hustle on the base paths. Although Placido Polanco is out by just a step in the photo below, he ran the play out hard:
And Chase Utley was all over the field. It looks like he is going full throttle at second, jumping, leaping and diving to make plays. One of the key defensive plays in the game came in the seventh. Halladay had put runner on first and third with no outs and managed to pick off Alex Cora, who wandered too far off third on a fielder’s choice.
That play probably saved the game for the Phillies. And here are a few other nice ones as well:
Once Halladay was out of the game, the bullpen did a nice job holding the 5-4 lead for him. Antonio Bastardo and Jose Contreras took the eighth and Ryan Madson closed it in the ninth:
Here is the full Photo Album from the game Tuesday afternoon. It includes a lot of nice pre-game shots, the President’s race and more.
Game two with the Nats is Tuesday night at 7:05pm. Cliff Lee will pitch.
Also as a side note, Vance Worley has been sent back to Triple-A to get more innings under his belt. No word yet on a replacement, although it is possible that the Phillies add a bullpen piece and use Kyle Kendrick as a starter.