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Wednesday, September 4th
(All times Eastern)
Washington Nationals (70-68) at Philadelphia Phillies (63-76), 7:05 p.m.
Probable Starting Pitchers: Washington - Jordan Zimmermann (15-8, 3.33)
Philadelphia - Roy Halladay (3-4, 7.94)
(Sports Network) - Jordan Zimmermann didn't receive much help his last time
out, but has a chance to pitch the Washington Nationals to a series win over
the Philadelphia Phillies Wednesday at Citizens Bank Park.
The Nationals mustered just two runs in last Friday's 3-2 loss against the New
York Mets and Zimmermann gave up all three runs in 7 2/3 innings. Zimmermann,
who threw 7 2/3 innings of two-run ball in a win at Kansas City on Aug. 24, is
3-5 in his last eight decisions and 15-8 with a 3.33 earned run average in 27
Zimmermann lost to the Phillies on July 11, when he was reached for two runs
in 6 1/3 innings of a 3-1 setback, and owns a 2-5 record to go along with a
4.37 ERA in eight career starts against them.
Washington aided Zimmermann's rotation mate, Gio Gonzalez, in Tuesday's 9-6
win over the Phillies and the left-hander gave up five runs, one of which was
earned, in 5 2/3 frames. The Nats staked Gonzalez to a 3-0 lead in the second
inning on Wilson Ramos's three-run homer and Corey Brown went deep.
"I was waiting for one pitch in the zone and I hit the ball hard," Ramos said.
"During batting practice, I was hitting the ball (up) the middle. So, today,
the first at-bat, I was trying to hit the ball up the middle and see what
Denard Span had three hits and two runs scored for Washington, which has won
10 of its last 14 games and is 7 1/2 games off a wild card spot. Span is
riding a career-high 16-game hitting streak. Bryce Harper, dealing with a
balky hip, finished 0-for-5 and is expected to rest Wednesday with the Nats
The Nationals will travel to Miami for three games this weekend.
Philadelphia pulled within 7-5 in Tuesday's defeat, but couldn't complete the
comeback and lost for the fifth time in eight tries. Cody Asche had three
hits, including a home run, and three RBI, while Michael Martinez and Chase
Utley each drove in a run.
Ethan Martin got the start for the Phillies and was tagged for five runs in 4
2/3 innings to fall to 2-4 on the season.
"Martin right from the get-go didn't establish his fastball," Phillies interim
manager Ryne Sandberg said. "The bullpen came in and struggled."
The Phillies are out of the playoff chase and look to play spoiler the rest of
the way. They will host Atlanta this weekend and have Roy Halladay set to take
the mound Wednesday in his third start after shoulder surgery on Aug. 30.
Halladay allowed five runs in five innings of last Friday's 6-5 win against
the Chicago Cubs and did not receive a decision. The veteran right-hander, who
defeated Arizona on Aug. 25 with six innings of two-run ball in a 9-5 victory,
hopes the recent run support continues. The Phillies scored seven total runs
over his last three starts before landing on the disabled list.
Halladay is 3-4 in nine starts with a 7.94 ERA this season and has owned the
Nationals in his career, going 12-2 with a 2.55 ERA in 18 games, 17 of which
have been starts.
The Nats swept a three-game set at home versus the Phillies from Aug. 9-10 and
is 8-7 in this series this season.
09/04 10:35:41 ET