Philadelphia Phillies Hit 5 HR's Beat Washington Nationals 5-3. Raul Ibanez Must Be Stopped.

Through the first six innings it was the John Lannan of old, well, innings two through six really, Lannan had a long first, in which he gave up a one-out walk and single and allowed a stolen base but held the Philadelphia Phillies off the board, but two through six, he was solid. The Nationals gave Lannan one run to work with in the bottom of the first when Willie Harris doubled and scored on Cristian Guzman's single, and Washington went up 2-0 in the fourth after Elijah Dukes singled with one down, stole second, took third on a groundout and scored on Wil Nieves' single off Philly starter and future Hall of Famer Pedro Martinez. Phillies' fifth...BANG! Raul Ibanez hits his 7th HR against the Nationals in 2009. 2-1 Nationals. Lannan retires the Phils' batters in order in sixth and comes back to get a quick first out of the seventh...Before...

...Jayson Werth gets an 0-1 fastball belt-high and outside and powers it out to right. 2-2 game. After taking a first pitch strike from John Lannan, Raul Ibanez fouls off a curve, takes one in the dirt and then demolishes the third straight bender, out of the park, GONE! 3-2 Phillies on Ibanez's 8th HR off DC pitchers, and 30th overall in '09. One out later, Carlos Ruiz leaves the yard, taking a 90 mph fastball down the middle for a ride to left and out for a 4-2 Phillies' lead. The Nationals are done. Washington rallies for a run in the home-half of the seventh when Willie Harris hits another one out, but Tyler Clippard gives up Philly's fifth HR of the game to Chase Utley in the eighth, and though the Nationals load the bases in the ninth, they fail to score and they lose for the 91st time this season. 

Phillies win, 5-3 final. 

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• Raul Ibanez Is Not A Man, He's A Machine.

• Where Did Adam Dunn Go?

For The Completists, Full Game Report After The JUMP...

Nationals now 47-91. (Countdown To 100 Losses Stands At...9)

 

 

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• Raul Ibanez Is Not A Man, He's A Machine.

In 13 games and 54 at bats against DC this season, Phillies' left-fielder Raul Ibanez is now 25 for 54 (.463 AVG), with 17 runs, 2 doubles, 1 triple, 8 HR's, 20 RBI's, a .525 OBP, a .981 SLG and a 1.506 OPS. So, why are the Nationals still pitching to Raul Ibanez? I know there's pride involved, but that battle's over, Raul Ibanez claimed it around HR 5 or 6 of 2009. Ibanez doesn't have more than 4 HR's against any other team, and his 20 RBI's against DC are twice as many as he has against anyone else...

• Where Did Adam Dunn Go?

Adam Dunn was 0 for 4, and a bad 0 for, when he stepped to the plate in the ninth inning with two down and the bases loaded Tuesday night. Philly righty Pedro Martinez had dominated Dunn, striking the Nationals' left-handed power supply out in his first AB, and retiring him with two on and two out when they met up again in the third. In the fifth inning, Dunn lined out to first after Ryan Zimmerman had walked with two down, but in the eighth, with Phillies' right-hander Brett Myers in for his second inning of work, Dunn reached on an error on a weak grounder to first baseman Ryan Howard. So, you'll forgive Nationals fans if they thought that with the bases loaded in the ninth Dunn might come through after finally catching a break in his previous at bat. Dunn doesn't get the big hit, however, and he ends the night 0 for 5 with 7 stranded when he grounds out to short to end the game..  

GAME REPORT:

Philadelphia Phillies At Washington Nationals. Game 138 Of 162.

Jimmy Rollins takes a 2-1 pitch from John Lannan to center where Willie Harris catches the first out of the evening. Shane Victorino drops a single into the center field grass. Lannan walks Chase Utley to put two on for Ryan Howard. Shane Victorino tags and takes third on a fly ball out to right from Howard. Chase Utlety takes second without a throw after getting picked leaning off first when Dunn pockets it. Jason Werth lines to right and Elijah Dukes gets there to make the catch...Willie Harris hits a leadoff double off Pedro Martinez to the wall in right, Jayson Werth’s throw in to second is late. Cristian Guzman scores Harris from second with a single for a 1-0 Nationals’ lead. Shane Victorino charges in on a pop out from Ryan Zimmerman. Adam Dunn K’s swinging a foot over an 0-2 change. Josh Willingham flies out to end the first.

Raul Ibanez singles to right field to start the second. Pedro Feliz helps Lannan out, grounding to Guzman to Pete Orr to Adam Dunn, double play. Carlos Ruiz grounds out to second to end the top of the inning...Elijah Dukes rrrrips a line drive to left but right at Raul Ibanez. Pete Orr grounds back to the mound. Wil Nieves K’s looking at a fastball for a called strike three.

Ryan Zimmerman charges in, fields and throws to first to get Pedro Martinez. Jimmy Rollins gets a 1-2 fastball on the low outside corner for a callled strike three and Lannan gets another groundout, this time it’s Victorino and Lannan has three scoreless...John Lannan sends a weak groundout to third. Willie Harris takes a fastball in the ribs and takes his base. Cristian Guzman flies harmlessly to center. Ryan Zimmerman sends Harris from first to third on an two-out single. Adam Dunn ends the third with a groundout to first.

Chase Utley can’t beat the shift. Ryan Howard grounds out to short. Jayson Werth battles Lannan, but ends up grounding back to the mound...Josh Willingham takes Pedro deep, but not deep enough. Victorino makes the grab. Elijah Dukes rrrips a fastball through short and steals second. Pete Orr’s groundout moves Dukes to third with two down. Wil Nieves battles Pedro and ends up grounding toward second, Pedro let’s it go, and Utley throws it over first for an error, Dukes scores, Nieves safe, and he gets second, 2-0 DC. John Lannan lines to center, Nieves tries to score but he’s out by a mile.

Raul Ibanez hits another HR off the Nationals to start the fourth and it’s 2-1 DC when it lands in the stands. Ryan Zimmerman throws out Pedro Feliz on a sharp grounder toward third. Guzman throws to first before Carlos Ruiz can get there. Pedro Martinez hits the third straight grounder, 2-1, middle of the fifth...Willie Harris pops out foul of third after a long at bat. Cristian Guzman flies out to Victorino. Ryan Zimmerman works the count full and takes a walk a few fouls later. Adam Dunn shatters his bat lining out to first.

Ryan Zimmerman cuts off Jimmy Rollins’ grounder toward short and throws to first. Shane Victorino flies out to center for out number two. John Lannan covers on a Chase Utley groundout to first...Josh Willingham gets a two-strike 71 mph curve outside and K’s chasing. Elijah Dukes grounds sharply to third but gets tagged out on a wide throw to Howard. Pete Orr grounds to third too.

Ryan Howard vs Lannan in the seventh. Ryan Zimmerman’s at short and he makes a diving play with a throw from his knees. One down. Lannan leaves one up and out over the plate and Jason Werth pushes it out to right. 2-2 game. Raul Ibanez takes Lannan to right and GONE!! IBANEZ!!!! 3-2 Philies. Pedro Feliz grounds out to Zimmerman’s backhand. HR #3 by Ruiz. 4-2 Phillies. Tyler Clippard comes on and pops up Jimmy Rollins...Stand Up and Stretch...Pedro Martinez vs Wil Nieves in the Nationals’ seventh. Nieves K’s chasing a nasty two-strike change that dives out of the zone. Alberto Gonzalez grounds out to short. Willie Harris, takes another one for a ride!!! Willie Harris hits another HR, 4-3 Phillly. The Guzzzz singles through second off Brett Myers, who gets Zimmerman to chase a high fastball for a swinging strike three.

Shane Victorino pops out to the infield. Chase Utley hits another solo HR for the Phillies. 5-3 Philly. Sean Burnett vs Ryan Howard. Howard grounds out to second. Jayson Werth grounds out to Zimmerman to end Philly’s eighth...Adam Dunn vs Myers. Dunn grounds to first, and Ryan Howard misplays a groundout into a leadoff single. Josh Willingham beats out the back end of his own DP grounder. Elijah Dukes flies out to Shane Victorino, who makes the gapper seem pedestrian. Josh Bard K’s trying to hold back his bat when Myers drops the bender.

Ron Villone starts the ninth against Raul Ibanez. Ibanez K's swinging. Pedro Feliz vs Saul Rivera. Feliz pops up to the catcher. Carlos Ruiz takes a two-out walk. Matt Stairs flies out to Willie Harris to end the Phillies’ ninth...Wil Nieves vs Brad Lidge. Nieves lines a single over second to start the comeback. Alberto Gonzalez grounds to third and gets tagged at first after a high throw to first from Pedro Feliz. Willie Harris gets hit and there are two runners on for Cristian Guzman. Brad Lidge unleashes a wild one and both runners advance into scoring position. Guzman takes a one-out walk to load the bases for Ryan Zimmerman. Lidge is done. Ryan Madson sends a dancing two-strike fastball tumbling out of mid-air to get Ryan Zimmerman swinging. Adam Dunn grounds into the dramatic shift to end the game. Phillies win, 5-3 final.

Nationals now 47-91. 

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