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Phillies Bullpen Falters in 8-5 Loss to Nationals

Cliff Lee turned in a quality start,again, and the bullpen blew it, again. The Phillies offense scored a rare five runs but it wasn’t enough as the Phillies lost to the Nationals 8-5. Former Phillie Jayson Werth was the player of the game after going a cool 3-5 with three RBI, while hitting a go ahead homerun for his 1,000th career hit.

Werth celebrating his 1000th career hit, a homer (via Getty Images)

Contrary to the Phillies previous loss, the Phillies started off strong in this game. After a quiet first inning, the bats got to Nationals starter Taylor Jordan. After Domonic Brown led off the inning with a single, Darin Ruf crushed his sixth homerun 15 rows back over the left field fence. Cliff Lee then helped himself out with a sacrifice bunt to score Cody Asche. Jimmy Rollins was up next and he hit a single up the middle to score Michael Martinez to make the score 4-0 in the favor of the Phillies.

After a quiet third, Cliff Lee gave up RBI singles to Jayson Werth and first baseman Adam Laroche  to make the score 4-2 after four innings. Another quiet inning in the fifth set up for a Wilson Ramos RBI single in the sixth. Six innings would end up being it for Lee as he scattered seven hits and three runs while striking out six and walking two. Jake Diekman came into start the seventh and gave up an RBI ground out to Bryce Harper. After facing four batters, he was done.

In comes Zach Miner, and the first pitch he throws gets launched into the left field stands by Jayson Werth for his 1,000th career hit. The Nationals weren’t done however, as Anthony Rendon lined a two RBI single to left field to make the score 8-4. Diekman got the loss as he ended up with a line of .2 innings 2 runs and 2 walks without giving up a hit. Miner turned in his first bad outing of the year, giving up 3 runs on for hits while only getting one out.

In the top of the 8th, Domonic Brown crushed his 26th homer of the year off reliever Tyler Clippard.

That would end up being it for the Phillies offensively as they lose 8-5. The Phillies next match up is today at 5:05 as Kyle Kendrick pitches against Nationals young ace Stephen Strasburg as the Nationals look for the sweep.

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