Not many people saw the Philadelphia Phillies (47-57) going 2-0 after shipping Shane Victorino and Hunter Pence out west.
Jimmy Rollins homered twice and Vance Worley (6-6, 3.63 ERA) worked seven strong innings in a 3-2 win against the first-place Washington Nationals (61-42). Rollins hit solo home runs in the third and fifth innings. Two games into this three-game series, Rollins has three home runs after the inside-the-parker from Tuesday night. He also hit the first pitch of the game to the warning track, but it was caught by right fielder Bryce Harper.
After a rough first couple of innings, Worley settled down and put together a solid outing. He allowed only two unearned runs on six hits. Nats’ starter Edwin Jackson (6-7, 3.57 ERA) allowed three earned runs—all on home runs—in five and two-thirds innings of work.
Nate Schierholtz, acquired in the Pence deal, connected on the game winning home run—one batter after Rollins tied things up at two—in his Phillies debut. He went 2-5 and made a nice sliding catch in the 8th inning, making a good impression for the Phillies fans watching back home.
The other corner outfielder for the Phils, Domonic Brown, started in his first Major League game this season. Once regarded as the best prospect for the Phillies, Brown has spent time much of the last two years in Triple-A Lehigh Valley. He was called up after the Pence and Victorino deals were announced.
With the Nationals up 2-0 and threatening in the second inning, Brown showed his true potential. With Edwin Jackson at second, Harper hit a single to right as Jackson rounded third. Brown nailed him at the plate with a perfect throw to catcher Erik Kratz, which ended the second inning and kept it the Nats lead at two.
Two Philadelphia fielding errors helped Washington put up their two-spot in the first. An error by third baseman Kevin Frandsen loaded the bases for Adam LaRoche, who singled home a run. Danny Espinosa then hit a routine double play ball to Chase Utley, who fumbled it and could only get one out while another run scored.
Reliever Josh Lindblom, acquired in the Victorino trade from Los Angeles, also made his Philadelphia debut. He entered in the eight inning and allowed a single to the first batter, Ryan Zimmerman. He then struck out Michael Morse on a fastball before being relieved by lefty Jeremy Horst.
Jonathan Papelbon finished things off with a 1-2-3 ninth inning for his 23rd save in 26 opportunities.
*Note: In other news, the Phillies designated infielder Mike Fontenot for assignment and recalled utility player Michael Martinez.
Remember to tune in tomorrow at 7:05 PM to see the Phightins try to complete the three-game sweep over the Nationals and check Khandyman Sports for recap and reaction when it’s over!