National League Preview from The Sports Network|
Sunday, August 3
(All times Eastern)
Philadelphia Phillies (49-62) at Washington Nationals (59-49), 1:35 p.m.
Probable Starting Pitchers: Philadelphia - Cole Hamels (6-5, 2.55)
Washington - Stephen Strasburg (7-9, 3.55)
(SportsNetwork.com) - The Philadelphia Phillies got heated for all of the
wrong reasons on Saturday.
The Phillies will try to cool down their emotions on Sunday afternoon and lock
down a series win over the Washington Nationals in the finale of a four-game
Philadelphia outscored Washington 12-5 in winning the first two of this set,
but saw the Nats click on the mound and at the plate in Saturday's meeting.
Washington had 14 hits and kept Philadelphia off the scoreboard in an 11-0
Phils starter A.J. Burnett was ejected with two outs in the second inning and
was charged with five runs -- just one earned -- in his third straight losing
Upset over a called pitch during Anthony Rendon's second-inning at-bat, one
that ended with Rendon smacking a two-out, three-run homer, Burnett threw a
pitch outside to Jayson Werth and then gestured at home plate umpire Chris
Guccione, who quickly tossed the starter. Philadelphia manager Ryne Sandberg
came out to argue and was also ejected.
"You know, he can't get tossed there on his part, but I thought the umpire was
a little early there on the ejection," said Sandberg. "So I thought both were
wrong out there."
While Philadelphia had won three of four coming in, Washington won for just
the second time in six contests and leads the NL East by 2 1/2 games over
Every Nationals starter, including pitcher Jordan Zimmermann, had at least one
hit and either an RBI or a run scored, with Rendon notching three hits and
Zimmermann pitched seven innings and allowed five hits while striking out
eight. He also went 1-for-2 at the plate with a run scored and two walks.
"I take pride in everything I do, especially my bunting," said Zimmermann. "If
I can get a guy over that's great, and if I can get a walk or hit it's that
The Phillies used four relievers to spell Burnett for the final 6 1/3 innings,
so Sandberg would love to see Cole Hamels eat some innings today. The left-
hander had no problems doing that last time out, blanking the New York Mets
over eight innings of six-hit ball on Tuesday in a 6-0 victory.
Hamels struck out eight without a walk, moving to 3-0 in his last three starts
with a 0.78 earned run average. He has given up two runs and fanned 27 over 23
innings in that span.
The 30-year-old has not lost since July 2 and has won each of his past four
decisions to get to 6-5 on the year with a 2.55 ERA.
Hamels is 15-6 with a 2.63 ERA in his career versus Washington and has faced
the club just once this season prior to today. He took a no-decision on July
12, charged with three runs over seven innings.
Washington turns to right-hander Stephen Strasburg, who leads the NL with 167
strikeouts but is winless in his last five outings.
Strasburg suffered his third loss in a row on Tuesday, a tough-luck 3-0
decision to Miami. The 26-year-old yielded one run on four hits and two walks
over seven innings, striking out four while falling to 7-9 with a 3.55 ERA.
Strasburg is 3-1 with a 2.41 ERA in nine career starts against the Phillies.
Washington is 7-5 against Philadelphia this season and swept a three-game
series in DC from June 3-5.
08/03 10:34:52 ET