Phillies get demolished by Nationals


Aug 2, 2014; Washington, DC, USA; Philadelphia Phillies pitcher

A.J. Burnett

(34) and manager

Ryne Sandberg

(23) react after being thrown out of the game in the second inning against the Washington Nationals at Nationals Park. Mandatory Credit: Evan Habeeb-USA TODAY Sports

Can this season get any worse? From an ejection in the second inning, to Darin Ruf playing third base, to an 11-0 shutout, this game summed up the 2014 Philadelphia Phillies season perfectly.

It all began in the top of the second inning, when both A.J. Burnett and Ryne Sandberg were ejected after arguing with the home-plate umpire.

By the end of the second inning, the Washington Nationals had a 5-0 lead, and everything continued to go downhill from there. Washington added another run in the third, and five more in the 4th, shutting out the Phillies 11-0.

Chase Utley went 0-for-3, Ryan Howard went 0-for-4 with two strikeouts, and Carlos Ruiz went 0-for-4. The Phils finished the game with seven hits.

Phillippe Aumont had yet another disastrous game, as he went two innings and allowed six runs on eight hits.

Nationals’ Jordan Zimmermann was phenomenal. He pitched seven innings and allowed just five hits and zero runs, and struck out eight.

Philadelphia aims to bounce back and take the series win tomorrow afternoon with Cole Hamels on the mound.