Philadelphia right-hander Kyle Kendrick got the Phillies off to the second rough start of the three-game Citizens Bank series with the Washington Nationals, giving up a two-out single to Cristian Guzman in the first, and issuing two two-out walks to Adam Dunn and Josh Willingham before allowing all three to score on Adam Kennedy's base-clearing two-out double into the right-center gap. 3-0 Nats. Craig Stammen did not have it tonight, however, and staked to a 3-0 lead, the 26-year-old right-hander gave up back to back singles to Shane Victorino and Placido Polanco in the Phillies' first, then walked Chase Utley to load the bases for Ryan Howard, whose two-run single moved Utley to third before he took third himself on Greg Dobbs' game-tying RBI double, and scored the go-ahead run on Raul Ibanez' sac fly....4-3 Phillies after one.
The Nats take the lead right back with Alberto Gonzalez doubling to start the second and moving to third on Nyjer Morgan's one-out single, after which Willie Harris works an 8-pitch walk to load the bases for Cristian Guzman, whose RBI single to center scores two to make it 5-4 Nats, and 6-4 after Josh Willingham's RBI ground-rule double to left chases Kyle Kendrick in favor of Philly reliever Nelson Figueroa, who gets the final out of the frame...Then Stammen hangs a two-strike slider up for the opposing pitcher, Figueroa, to line to left, and gives up a double to Placido Polanco before Chase Utley's HR to right on a fastball immediately after a mound visit...Seriously? 7-6 Philly...(cont. after the JUMP)...
• Final Score: Phils 14, Nats 7.
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• And it wasn't just Stammen.
• Bernadina Down, Maxwell Up? Olsen For?
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• And it wasn't just Stammen. Stammen was out after Utley's first HR of the night, having thrown 53 pitches, 34 for strikes in 1.1 IP over which he allowed 7 hits and 7 ER, but in the top of the third, the Nationals tied it at 7-7 with Ivan Rodriguez singling to start the frame and scoring after a single by Alberto Gonzalez, a sac bunt by Stammen's replacement, Jesse English, and an RBI groundout by Nyjer Morgan that evened things up. English settled things down with 2.2 scoreless in relief, but Jason Bergmann gave up a one-out walk and a two-out, two-run HR to Shane Victorino in the fifth, and the Phillies added a run on Chase Utley's second HR of the game in the sixth, before Nats' right-hander Brian Bruney walked the bases loaded in the seventh and handed the ball to Tyler Clippard, who gave up a 3-run triple to Shane Victorino that made it 14-7 Phillies after seven. The Nationals' pitchers give up 14 hits, 14 runs and 5 walks...The Phillies win their fifth-straight and the Nats lose the fourth of five against Philly so far...
• Bernadina Down, Maxwell Up? Olsen For?
After the loss, the Washington Nationals announced that they would send Roger Bernadina back to Triple-A Syracuse, with Bernadina telling MLB.com's Bill Ladson (@washingnats) that the Nats would call up right-handed hitting outfielder Justin Maxwell since the Nationals, "...will face a lot of lefties in the next week." Maxwell, many thought, would take over in right field once Elijah Dukes was released this Spring, but the 25-year-old outfielder failed to earn the job, going 5 for 50 in Grapefruit League action before he was optioned to Triple-A Syracuse to start the season. Maxwell's 5 for 8 with 2 doubles and 2 RBI's in the last two games, and in 29 games and 49 at bats against left-handed pitching in the majors, Maxwell's hit .286 with a .352 OBP, .429 SLG, 1 double, 1 HR and 6 RBI's so far in his career.
Left-handed starter Scott Olsen is scheduled to start tomorrow's series finale with the Phillies, and the Nationals are expected to move a reliever off the roster to make room at some point tomorrow morning...
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1 - Philly pitcher Kyle Kendrick hits the Nats' leadoff man Nyjer Morgan with the second pitch of the game, but Willie Harris' DP grounder quickly erases the HBP. Cristian Guzman beats out an infield grounder to short for a two-out single. Adam Dunn walks with two down to put two on for Josh Willingham. The Hammer takes the second free pass of the game and the bases are loaded for Adam Kennedy. Kennedy gets down 1-2, but lines Kendrick's two-strike change into the right-center gap to clear the bases with a two-out double. Ivan Rodriguez grounds out to third, 3-0 Nationals after a half...Shane Victorino grounds back to the mound, Nats' starter Craig Stammen bobbles the ball, and Dunn drops Stammen's late throw to first, infield single. Placido Polanco lines a single to center. Stammen gets up 0-2 on Chase Utley, but ends up walking the Phils' second baseman four pitches later, bases loaded. Ryan Howard lines through second to score two, 3-2 Nats, first and third. Greg Dobbs hits a high hopper to first, and Dunn comes up empty, Utley scores, 3-3. Raul Ibanez hits a sac fly to center. 4-3 Philly. Juan Castro lines to third, Carlos Ruiz grounds there, 4-3 Philly after one.
2 - Alberto Gonzalez doubles to start the Nats' second. Kyle Kendrick throws a 3-2 pitch inside and Stammen bunts it foul trying to avoid getting hit. Nyjer Morgan lines a single to left, one hop in front of Raul Ibanez. Willie Harris up, Morgan steals second. Willie Harris walks to load the bases. Cristian Guzzzzzman lines over second for a two-run single and a 5-4 Nationals' lead. Adam Dunn pops out to Utley behind second. Josh Willingham gets the green light on a 3-0 pitch and doubles to left, down the line, and a fan interferes. One run scores, second and third, 6-4 Nats. Right-hander Nelson Figueroa replaces Kendrick. Adam Kennedy grounds out to first...Nelson Figueroa singles to start the Phillies' second. Shane Victorino skies one to right, Willie Harris has it. Placido Polanco continues to kill the Nats, one-out single to left, second and third, one out. Chase Utley. HR to right, 7-6 Phils. Stammen out. Jesse English on to face Ryan Howard. Howard singles. Greg Dobbs goes down swinging, English gets the second out. Raul Ibanez singles to right field. Juan Castro grounds to third, Gonzalez steps on the bag.
3 - Pudge Rodriguez singles and then steals second to start the Nationals' third. Alberto Gonzalez forces a single through second, Pudge to third. Jesse English's sac bunt moves Gonzalez to second. Nyjer Morgan's groundout to first scores Pudge from third, 7-7 ballgame. Willie Harris K's swinging...Jesse English gets a groundout to third from Carlos Ruiz to start the Philly third. English gives up a one-out double to Nelson Figueroa, who takes third on Shane Victorino's single to center. First and third for Placido Polanco. Polanco K's trying to hold up on an 0-2 slider outside from English. Alberto Gonzalez makes his way toward the dugout and catches Chase Utley's foul pop, 7-7 after three.
4 - Nelson Figueroa's back for the fourth. Cristian Guzman grounds weakly to second to start the fourth. Adam Dunn pops one up and out of the park, but it's out no. 2. Josh Willingham K's looking...Ryan Howard grounds into the dramatic shift. Greg Dobbs flies out to Nyjer Morgan in center. Raul Ibanez grounds to first, Dunn has this one...5 - Top of the fifth, Adam Kennedy walks to start the game, and steals second after Pudge Rodriguez lines out. Alberto Gonzalez grounds out. Pinch hitter Jason Marquis lines out to short, 7-7 game in the fifth...Jason Bergmann gets a grounder from the Phils' shortstop to start the bottom of the fifth. Carlos Ruiz walks after a 12-pitch at bat. Ross Gload pops out in a pinch hit appearance. Shane Victorino takes a fastball from Bergmann deeeep to right and GONE! Two-run HR, 9-7 Phillies.
6 - Nyjer Morgan singles to center to start the sixth and gets picked off first by new Philly pitcher Chad Durbin. Willie Harris K's, Guzman pops out, Nationals go down quickly...Sean Burnett's on for the Nats. Burnett hangs a slider to Utley and it's GONE. 10-7 Phillies. Ryan Howard K's looking. Burnett's done. Brian Bruney gets a groundout from Ben Francisco and strikes out Raul Ibanez to end the inning.
7 - Adam Dunn starts the seventh with a long fly ball to right, but Ben Francisco almost throws him out at second with a quick play and throw in. Josh Willingham grounds out to third. Adam Kennedy grounds back to the mound. Chad Durbin's got two down. Pudge Rodriguez grounds to Polanco, who backhands, plants and throws Pudge out. 10-7 Philly after six and a half...Brian Bruney walks Juan Castro to start the Phils' seventh. And walks Carlos Ruiz in front of Jayson Werth, who walks to load the bases and chase Bruney. Tyler Clippard comes on to face Victorino. Clippard hangs a heater, and Victorino splits the gap with a 3-run triple, 13-7 Phillies. Nyjer Morgan backs up to catch Placido Polanco's sac fly. 14-7 Phillies. Nyjer Morgan goes back to the track in center to catch Chase Utley's long fly ball. Ryan Howard flies to deeep center, but Nyjer Morgan pulls it off the wall.
8 - Antonio Bastardo walks Alberto Gonzalez to start the eighth. Bastardo gets a fly ball to right from Roger Bernadina for the first out, then walks Nyjer Morgan to put two on for pinch hitter Ian Desmond, who K's swinging over a 1-2 slider. Cristian Guzman flies to right field, 14-7 Phillies in the eighth...Miguel Batista gets a groundout from Ben Francisco, a fly ball to left from Raul Ibanez, and a groundout to second from Juan Castro to end the eighth.