In a game they really could not afford to lose – more for emotion than position – the Phillies hung on against the Nationals.
Brad Lidge picked up another save, but not before allowing a two-run dinger to Ryan Zimmerman to make things interesting.
The Phils are still allowing a stupid amount of opposing home runs, but their offense has really been excellent after the first two games. Ryan Howard cracked his first homer, and Ibanez and Victorino chipped in solo shots of their own in the victory.
Cristian Guzman had five hits, but pulled up lame after rounding first on his fifth single. He was replaced by a pinch-runner.
Defensive miscues were also prevalent here, with Nationals second baseman Anderson Hernandez victimized the most.
The Phillies and Nationals are off tomorrow. A much needed break following today’s events. The series resumes Wednesday, with Joe Blanton (0-0, 15.75) taking on Shairon Martis (0-0, 9.00).