Notes From The Phillies’ 1-0 Win Over WashingtonBREAKING NEWS, News, Phillies Sunday, May 4th, 2014
- Roberto Hernandez had his strongest start of the season, lasting 7.1 scoreless innings. Hernandez gave up only four hits and three walks, and struck out three. He lowered his ERA to 4.50.
- Jimmy Rollins tripled and came around to score the game’s only run in the first inning.
- Chase Utley drove in Rollins with a base hit.
- The Phillies managed just two more hits for the rest of the game.
- Jayson Nix, who got the start at third, and picked up one of the team’s hits.
- Ryan Howard went 0-3 with two strikeouts.
- They did manage to draw three walks, coming from Jimmy Rollins, John Mayberry (who got a start in left for Domonic Brown), and Nix.
- Mike Adams picked up the second out of the eighth inning to earn a hold.
- Antonio Bastardo got the final out of the eighth.
- Jonathan Papelbon recorded his ninth save of the season.
Its great that the Phillies managed to take two of three from the Nationals, but they didn’t exactly do it in convincing fashion.
The offense continues to struggle against left-handers. Gio Gonzalez shut this team down after the first inning.
Roberto Hernandez shutting down the Nationals for over seven innings is impressive, but its not the type of performance we can expect from him on a regular basis. But give credit to the veteran for stepping up and filling in for Cole Hamels, who had to miss his scheduled start because of the flu.
The bullpen was able to get through a tight eighth inning, but after what happened on Friday, I can’t say that I feel particularly confident in what Mike Adams can do for this team.
The offense really only showed up for one game in this series. If not for a Jayson Werth error that allowed Marlon Byrd to hit his home run, the offense would have only generated one run in the first and final games of this series. They’re not going to win many 1-0 games, not with an unreliable bullpen.
But a win is a win, and they did take a series against a division rival while pushing their record back above .500. We just have to be patient and see where things go week to week.
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