National League Preview from The Sports Network|
Wednesday, August 1st
(All times eastern)
Philadelphia Phillies (46-57) at Washington Nationals (61-41), 7:05 p.m.
Probable Starting Pitchers: Philadelphia - Vance Worley (5-6, 3.88)
Washington - Edwin Jackson (6-6, 3.52)
(Sports Network) - Shaking up the roster before the trade deadline didn't seem
to have an effect on the Philadelphia Phillies.
A longshot to even make a dent in the postseason race, the Phillies attempt to
string back-to-back wins together tonight and take a three-game series from
the NL East-leading Washington Nationals in the second test of this set.
Philadelphia saved some cash by dealing outfielders Shane Victorino and Hunter
Pence to the Los Angeles Dodgers and San Francisco Giants, respectively,
before posting an 8-0 victory at Nationals Park. Victorino landed in L.A. in
exchange for reliever Josh Lindblom, minor league pitcher Ethan Martin and a
player to be named later or cash.
Pence was dealt to San Francisco for outfielder Nate Schierholtz, catching
prospect Tommy Joseph and minor league pitcher Seth Rosin. Phillies general
manager Ruben Amaro had a lengthy response to the moves.
"Clearly, we were built for, and we were hopeful to make, another run at a
championship," Amaro said. "The chances of doing that right now are a little
more remote, obviously, with the way we've played. We did not play very good
baseball the first part of the season. We never really got untracked. I still
think we have an outstanding ballclub and a lot of talent on this club. We'll
see what happens over the next couple months. We'll get to see a couple of
things. We'll see if guys are playing better baseball, which is an important
element in this. And we'll see if guys are prepared to take jobs out there."
One player who has had a few chances to win a spot is outfielder Domonic
Brown. Brown joined the club last night and delivered a pinch-hit single in
the eighth inning.
"We will play him. We're going to put him out there and let him play,"
Phillies manager Charlie Manuel said.
Brown's teammate with Triple-A Lehigh Valley Kevin Frandsen got the scoring
started with a two-run homer off Stephen Strasburg in the second inning. Jimmy
Rollins had a two-run inside-the-park home run and Juan Pierre collected three
hits and a pair of runs scored for the five-time defending NL East champions,
who were swept in three games at Atlanta over the weekend and won for the
fifth time in eight tries. The Phils are still last in the division.
Cliff Lee earned his second win of the season (2-6) with seven shutout innings
and went 1-for-3 at the plate with an RBI and a run scored.
"We've had a tough draw this year with injuries and stuff," Lee said. "Who
knows what's going to happen this year with the moves they made. Hopefully,
it's going to be that much better in the future."
The Phillies haven't been so successful lately with Vance Worley on the mound
and hope that changes tonight. Worley is 2-4 with a 4.50 earned run average in
his last 10 starts, with the Phils going 3-7 in that span.
Worley did not factor in the outcome of a 7-6 win over Milwaukee last
Wednesday and allowed three runs and 10 hits in 5 1/3 innings. He is 5-6 on
the season in 17 starts with a 3.88 ERA -- one season after going 11-3 in 25
games (21 starts). The right-hander lost at Washington on May 5, when he
surrendered five runs and 11 hits in six frames during a 7-1 setback.
In four career games (3 starts) against the Nationals, Worley is 2-2 with a
Washington's lead atop the division was trimmed to 2 1/2 games after Atlanta
won for the seventh straight time over Miami. Strasburg didn't have his best
stuff to keep the Braves at bay and allowed six runs and eight hits in only
four innings of work.
"He didn't have his best stuff and his location wasn't good. He was fighting
himself. He lost a little poise," Nationals manager Davey Johnson said of the
young right-hander. "It's just a long grind and you can't be dominant every
time you go out there."
Jesus Flores had the only extra-base hit for the Nationals, who were outhit by
a 13-5 margin and entered the game having won eight of nine games. The
Nationals didn't have to make a move before the trade deadline due to an
enormous amount of depth, and didn't have sluggers Ryan Zimmerman and Adam
LaRoche in Tuesday's lineup to rest separate back issues.
The heavy hitters are expected to return for Wednesday's second portion of
this series. Also, slugging outfielder Jayson Werth (wrist) is expected to
join the ballclub soon and will continue to play two or three more minor
league rehab games with nearby Class A Potomac.
"He feels like he could play, but he's not quite 100 percent," Johnson said of
Werth. "Hopefully before the homestand's up, he'll be ready to come back."
Washington opened a seven-game residency last night.
Edwin Jackson ended a personal two-game slide his last time out and looks to
string together back-to-back winning starts for Washington. Jackson threw
seven scoreless innings in an 8-2 win at Milwaukee on Thursday to win for the
third time in five decisions.
Jackson, who is 6-6 with a 3.52 ERA in 19 starts this season, was beaten by
the Phillies back on May 23 in a 4-1 loss at Citizens Bank Park, where he
allowed three runs in seven innings. The right-handed Jackson is still
searching for his first career win over the Phillies and has lost both of his
starts against them.
Washington has won four of seven matchups with Philadelphia in 2012 and is 9-3
in the past 12 meetings between the two ballclubs.
08/01 10:27:53 ET