One night after their bullpen blew another late lead, the Phillies’ offense made sure that there wouldn’t be a repeat performance.
Much like on Friday, the Phillies opened the scoring with a three-run first inning home run; This time, it was courtesy of Ryan Howard. But unlike on Friday, the Phillies continued to add runs after the big blast.
Nationals starter Tanner Roark had been off to a strong start this season, but the Phillies had his number tonight. He surrendered seven runs in four innings.
The Phillies had a 7-0 lead, and that held up mostly due to A.J. Burnett who turned in another strong start. He pitched six innings, giving up only one run.
I question why the Phillies used both Adams and Bastardo when the team had a five-run lead. Both pitchers were also used on Friday, meaning they’ll probably be unavailable tomorrow. So who do the Phillies turn to if they have a small lead in the late innings of Sunday’s game?
I can understand wanting to give Adams another chance after his poor outing on Friday. But instead of Bastardo, why not go with Jeff Manship or one of the other less-used relievers?
I suppose that’s something to worry about tomorrow. For now, I’ll just savor the fact that the Phillies played an all-around good game to defeat the Nationals.
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