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Stephen Strasburg (5-9. 3.01 ERA) will try and continue his success this season against the Phillies whom he tossed eight innings of one-run ball against on May 26. His career numbers against the Phils aren't quite as pretty with a 4.43 ERA across 22 1/2 total innings. He is making his 23rd start of the season overall.
Pitching for Philly is right-hander Kyle Kendrick who is 10-8 with a 4.36 ERA this season. Kendrick has faced the Nationals three times this season, allowing a combined seven earned runs through 19 2/3 innings. Each of his last outings against Washington (6/19, 7/11) he has lasted at least seven innings with just a run allowed.
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PHILADELPHIA PHILLIES at WASHINGTON NATIONALS
Where: Nationals Park
Gametime: 5:05 p.m. EDT
TV: MASN, MLB.tv
Radio: WJFK (106.7 FM), WFED (1500), XM 185
Weather: Chance of storms, 84 degrees, Wind 7 mph RF to LF
NATIONALS (56-60)5:13 p.m. -- We've got one half-inning in the books as Strasburg gets Utley to ground out on a double play for the second and third outs. Rollins led off with a single to right field on the first pitch of the day and Frandesn struck out looking for the first out. Strasburg needed eight pitches, all of them strikes.
CF Denard Span
3B Ryan Zimmerman
LF Bryce Harper
RF Jayson Werth
SS Ian Desmond
1B Adam LaRoche
C Wilson Ramos
2B Steve Lombardozzi
RHP Stephen Strasburg
SS Jimmy Rollins
1B Kevin Frandsen
2B Chase Utley
LF Dominic Brown
RF Darin Ruf
3B Cody Asche
C Erik Kratz
CF Michael Martinez
RHP Kyle Kendrick
HP John Hirschbeck (cc)
1B James Hoye
2B Bob Davidson
3B Jim Reynolds
5:24 p.m. -- The Nats are off to a good start after pushing a run across in the first. Span got things started with a single to left field. He was then moved to second on a Zimmerman groundout, before being knocked home by Werth on a single to center. Werth's 1,001th hit gave the Nats a 1-0 lead as we now go to the second. Kendrick threw 15 pitches (11 strikes).
5:35 p.m. -- Strasburg started the second off by walking Brown, but kept him at first in another scoreless inning. Ruf and Asche both struck out swinging before Ramos gunned out Brown as he attempted to steal second. During the Brown at-bat, Strasburg threw a fastball way inside and sort of stumbled off the mound afterward. Trainer Lee Kuntz, along with Steve McCatty and Davey Johnson, came out to check on Strasburg, but he was fine. He threw a warmup toss and then they walked away.
5:44 p.m. -- Washington got two men in scoring position in the bottom of the second, but came away with nothing. Ramos and Lombo singled to get on and were moved over by a Strasburg sac bunt. With two outs Span then grounded out to first base to send us to the third. Kendrick has 25 pitches (20 strikes) so far.
5:51 p.m. -- 1-2-3 for Strasburg in the third as he needed just nine pitches to retire the Phillies 7-8-9 hitters. Kratz lined out with a bullet right to Zim at third and Martinez and Kendrick then struck out. Strasburg has thrown 33 pitches total through three.
5:57 p.m. -- Kendrick finally put in a clean inning with three quick outs on Zimmerman, Harper and Werth. Zim and Harper both grounded out and Werth went down with a swinging strikeout. Kendrick is at 38 pitches on the day.
6:04 p.m. -- Frandsen got on in the fourth with a one-out single to right field before Utley popped out and Brown struck out swinging. Strasburg is now through four with just a hit and a walk, plus seven strikeouts already. He's thrown 43 pitches and is showing no signs of slowing down, or injury for that matter.
6:31 p.m. -- Two more runs for the Nats in the fourth inning as they now lead 3-0 in the game. Desmond led off with a single and was joined on base by LaRoche who walked. Ramos then singled home Desmond and a Lombo ground ball got LaRoche to third. Strasburg struck out with one out, but more notably took a 87 mph pitch from Kendrick off his right hand while attempting to bunt. Span then hit a high bouncing grounder in the infield to bring home LaRoche. Kendrick threw 34 pitches that inning and now has 72 on the day.
6:39 p.m. -- After a bottom of the fourth that nearly lasted 30 minutes, Strasburg made quick work of the Phillies in the top of the fifth. He got Ruf to strike out swinging for his eighth K of the day, then got Asche and Kratz to hit flyouts. Strasburg is at 61 pitches through five.
7:00 p.m. -- Three more runs for the Nats in the fifth made this one a 6-0 game. Werth and Desmond singled to get it started and LaRoche walked to load the bases. Ramos then hit a grounder to Utley who threw home for the forceout. His throw, however, was a little off and Kratz couldn't reel it in. Werth scored and knocked the ball out of his glove which allowed an alert Desmond to scurry home for another run. Lombo then singled to right field to plate LaRoche and give the Nats' their sixth run of the day.
7:06 p.m. -- Three up, three down for Strasburg who is cruising with just 72 pitches through six scoreless innings. All three outs were put in play, allowing Strasburg to need just 11 pitches in that frame.
7:13 p.m. -- Jayson Werth just continues to rake. He added his third single of the day in the bottom of the sixth and is now hitting .328 on the season. The Nats came away with no runs in the inning, however, and it's still 6-0 as we go to the seventh.
7:16 p.m. -- Werth walked off the field slowly after the end of the sixth and was replaced in right field by Roger Bernadina. I'll provide an update as soon as I can.
7:27 p.m. -- Nothing much to report on from the seventh inning as both teams notched a single each and nothing more. Strasburg will now take the mound in the top of the eighth with 82 pitches thrown.
7:35 p.m. -- Another strong inning for Strasburg to make it eight scoreless. He's thrown 90 pitches and should have a chance for the first shutout of his career.
7:42 p.m. -- Span, Zimmerman, and Harper went down in order as Strasburg will now take the mound in the ninth looking for the complete game shutout.
7:49 p.m. -- Game over, Strasburg has his first career shutout and the Nats have a sweep of the Phillies. Final score 6-0.