The Phillies wasted an excellent start by Cole Hamels, as they dropped to 0-2 on the young season. Hamels worked his way out of a bases loaded jam in the first inning, but settled down afterward. He made two bad pitches all night, both to Ryan Zimmerman. One was knocked down by the wind in the 1st and the other was carried out by the wind in the 6th. Despite the home run, Hamels pitched brilliantly with only 1 earned run in 8 innings pitched.
Zimmerman's home run gave the Nationals their only run of the game, but it was all they needed, as the Phillies were shut down by Tim Redding and the Nationals defense. Redding went 7 innings and only gave up 1 hit and 3 walks and the bullpen finished the job, with perfect innings from Luis Ayala and Jon Rauch.
But it was the Nationals fielding that saved the game. Zimmerman snared several sharply hit balls and the one he misplayed bounced right into the glove of Christian Guzman for a force out. Nick Johnson halted a potential Phillies rally in the 9th, when he picked up a ball smashed down the first base line by Jimmy Rollins. Rollins would have had at least a double had the ball gotten through and the Phillies would have had a great chance tie the game.
It was that kind of game for the Phillies. They didn't hit many balls hard, and when they did it was right at a fielder. It was frustrating to say the least, but with the high-powered offense that they possess, these games should be few and far between.
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