The Philadelphia Phillies (52-65) offense stumbled again as they managed to only record four hits for the second time this series. Stephen Strasburg was his dominant self as he tossed his first career complete game shutout in a 6-0 win over the skidding Phils. Strasburg allowed only four hits and one walk while striking out ten on only 99 pitches to earn the player of the game award.
The Nationals struck early as former Phillie Jayson Werth hit an RBI single in the bottom half of the first. The Nats (57-60) didn’t score again until the fourth when both Wilson Ramos and Denard Span hit RBI singles, scoring Ian Desmond and Adam Laroche, respectively.
In the fifth, Kyle Kendrick got Wilson Ramos to hit a ground ball to Chase Utley, but Utley committed a costly throwing error that allow two unearned runs to cross. The next batter, Steve Lombardozzi ripped a RBI single to right field that made the score 6-0. That would be it for KK for the night as he allowed six runs, four of them earned, to cross home plate as he scattered 11 hits while striking out three. Justin De Fratus, Jake Diekman and Jonathan Papelbon combined for 3.2 scoreless innings while recording a total of 4 strikeouts while only allowing 2 hits.
Outfielder Casper Wells made his Phillies debut, and on the first pitch he saw, he grounded out to third baseman Ryan Zimmerman.
If I had to pick an MVP from the Phillies side, I would choose Kevin Frandsen, who accounted for half of the teams hits and made a diving stop at first base. The Phillies next game is on Monday at 7:10 PM ET, when Cole Hamels pitches against young phenom Julio Teheran down at Turner Field in Atlanta.