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Hitting lowlight: They didn't get many chances against Hamels, but they definitely squandered their best chance. Trailing by three runs in the eighth, the Nationals loaded the bases on singles by Scott Hairston and Ian Desmond and a walk by Bryce Harper. Charlie Manuel walked slowly to the mound, ostensibly to give his starter the hook. But Hamels talked his way back in, setting the stage for some high drama. Unfortunately, the drama resulted in tears from the Nats dugout. Ryan Zimmerman struck out on three pitches, the last one a high, 92-mph fastball. Werth then battled his old teammate to a 3-2 count, but with the crowd roaring, skied a flyball to the warning track in right-center to end the rally.
Pitching lowlight: Though he has shown some promise in his three big-league starts so far, Jordan still has a way to go at this level. He has particularly struggled when facing an opposing lineup the third time around, as was the case tonight. With the game tied 1-1 entering the sixth, Jordan took the mound with nobody warming in the Nationals bullpen. The rookie immediately gave up back-to-back singles, then was victimized by LaRoche's throwing error, then ultimately served up a two-run double to Michael Young before Davey Johnson could signal for Craig Stammen out of the pen. Obviously, Jordan (who began the season at Class A) has been put in a tough spot. But if he's going to stick up here, he's going to have to prove he can complete six innings.
Key stat: Though they've averaged 6 runs over their last 10 games, the Nationals have been all-or-nothing at the plate. Their game-by-game run totals: 13, 10, 0, 1, 8, 8, 5, 11, 2, 2.
Up next: Game 3 of this four-game series will see Gio Gonzalez on the mound for the Nationals against Cliff Lee, the third straight lefty to start for the Phillies. First pitch at Citizens Bank Park is at 7:05 p.m.