The Phillies just barely squeaked out a 1-0 win over the Nationals today thanks mostly to great pitching. Cole Hamels was scheduled to start but was unable to go as he has the flu. So Roberto Hernandez, who had not gotten out of the 6th inning yet this season, filled it.
Hernandez was outstanding, going 7 1/3 innings without allowing a run to score. When he first started to pitch, it looked like he would not be able to throw a strike as he walked 2 batters in the first inning. But he settled down and wound up with 3 walks and only 4 hits allowed.
The lone Phillies run of the game came in the first inning. After a Jimmy Rollins triple, Chase Utley singled to score Rollins. Utley had a very strange day. After that RBI, he sprinted around the bases on a Marlon Byrd pop fly and got doubled up. Maybe he forgot there was only 1 out? And then later he committed an error in the field when he totally missed the feed from Jayson Nix at third on what may have been a double play.
But those blunders did not come back to haunt the Phillies luckily. And that is a very good thing especially considering the Phillies only managed 4 hits in the game, including a Ben Revere triple. They also had some very nice plays in the field, which helped.
The weather was very interesting as well. It was cold, very windy and bits and pieces of wrappers, bags and dust were floating around everywhere. Some of the shadows in the field were brutal by the time the relievers came in too.
My eyes were so dry, at one point, I thought maybe I was seeing things. See the first photo below to the left…there are 3 guys there, right. Nope…check out the 2nd photo on the right. I guess Nix is just so small he blended right in.
Check out the full Photo Album from the game for more interesting stuff. There are very nice photos of Domonic Brown with his mother and VERY pregnant girlfriend pre-game during the Mother’s Day celebration. I also took some photos of our old friend, Kevin Frandsen. Miss him….sigh!
So a weird 2-game home and away series stars tomorrow with the Blue Jays; 2 games here and 2 in Toronto. Game time Monday is 7:05pm and Kyle Kendrick will pitch.
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Photo by Jenn Zambri Photography