The Nats (1-2) silenced all Phillies (2-1) fans last night by beating the defending NL champions 6-5 at Nationals Park. Riggleman’s first four batters (Morgan, Guzman, Zimmerman, Dunn) ended up going a combined 7 for 14 in yesterday’s game. They got their offense started early in the bottom of the 1st with a three run lead, giving starting pitcher Craig Stammen a decent amount of wiggle-room to toy with.
Stress mounted as the game continued. The Nats bats stayed quiet again until the 4th, allowing the Phillies the opportunity to score a run here and run there during the 2nd, 3rd, 5th, and 6th but the Nats didn’t stay silent. They answered back with a game total of five extra-base hits (three doubles, one triple, one homer) to win the game.
Zimmerman went 2 for 4 with a pair of doubles, including the game winning hit in the 7th and Willie Harris hit a two run long shot into the stands in the 4th, proving the Nats do have the ability to take ‘em to the yard.
Tyler Clippard gets the win, Matt Capps gets the save, and the Phillies Nelson Figueroa is charged with the loss.
Garrett Mock will make his regular season Nats debut tonight against Mike Pelfrey and his New York Mets (1-2) at 7:05 from Citi Field.