Jul 11, 2013; Philadelphia, PA, USA; Washington Nationals left fielder Bryce Harper (34) celebrates scoring during the sixth inning against the Philadelphia Phillies at Citizens Bank Park. Mandatory Credit: Howard Smith-USA TODAY Sports

Frandsen's Pinch Hit Propels Phillies Past Nationals 3-1

Thursday night in Philadelphia, newly minted All Star Jordan Zimmerman vied for his thirteenth victory of the season. Despite a strong outing from the tall right hander, the Nationals gave up runs in the seventh and eighth to fall 3-1.
With the exception of the sixth inning, the Nats were shut down by Phiilie righy Kyle Kendrick(8-6). The veteran longman went seven strong innings of one run ball, giving up five hits and a walk.  Their only run came courtesy of Ryan Zimmerman, who drove home Bryce Harper with a sixth inning sacrifice fly.  Harper, who had just tripled off of the glove of Delmon Young in RF, was Zimmerman’s 51st RBI of the year.

Despite the loss, Jordan Zimmermann(12-4) continued his efforts to try and get the starting nod in the All Star Game.  ZImmermann battled through six and a third innings, giving up two runs and striking out six.  He walked none.  The biggest play of the game happened for the Phillies in the seventh inning.  In a tie game, Philadelphia manager Charlie Manuel sent up pinch hitter Kevin Frandsen to face Zimmermann with a rune ner on third and one out and Frandsen delivered, lashing a double off of Denard Span‘s glove to score one and give Philadelphia the lead.  Chase Utley scored on a fielder’s choice in the eighth inning to give the Phillies an insurance run.  Jonathon Papelbon shut down Washington in the eight for his 2oth save of the year and a series victory.

Friday night, the Nationals will head to Miami to take on the last place Marlins.  Stephen Strasburg will fire against right hander Nathan Eovaldi as the Nationals look to take advantage of a weak team to make up ground in the standings.  First pitch is at 7:10 ET.

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  • Shawn Casey

    Really? Tough loss we’ll get em next time is all Davey has to say? The Phillies provided 4 errors at key moments and nada. I knew when Bryce was wrongly called out at home (he was clearly safe) that this would be a loooong night for the Nats. But this game was an embarassment and Johnson/Rizzo need to do something to add some fire to this team. Span needs to be benched for a few games (high school play on the bunt), alternating catchers has to stop…Kurt is another hole in the lineup and he still can’t throw out a base runner. LaRoche looks to be in one of his month long funks and Harper seems to be in some sort of sullen mood lately. Rendon, Werth, Ryan Z, Ramos and the top 3 pitchers seem to be the ony ones who want to play. I think it was a mistake that Davey announced his retirement before the season. As this team scuttles along he will be viewed more and more as a lame-duck and the team will tune him out….500 team at best. I love my Nats but a loss like this reminds me of the good ol days when we lost 90 to 100 games a year.