Phillies v. nationals
Place: 5th in NL East
Last 10: 6-4
- Scoring first has been big for the Phillies as they are 38-20 when getting on the board first but just 21-52 when allowing the opponent to score first.
- Philadelphia is 3-59 when trailing after eight innings this season.
- However, they've done a good job of holding on to late leads going 46-4 when leading after eight innings.
- Starters going deep into games has not exactly been a guaranteed victory for the Phillies as they are just 34-27 when the starter goes longer than six innings.
- Out-hitting an opponent seems to be key as Philadelphia is 38-18 when out-hitting opponents but 14-47 when getting outhit.
- Philadelphia is 158-115 since 2005 in the month of August, the best record in the National League and second best in the majors behind only the Yankees in that span.
- The Phillies have the best second-half record in the National League over the last 10 years going 440-322.
- Domonic Brown went 2-for-3 with an RBI single to give the Phillies a 1-0 lead.
- Brown dropped an Ian Desmond fly ball in the top of the seventh inning but it was ruled a double. In the bottom half of the inning Brown tried to stretch a single into a double and was safe until his pop-up slide pulled him off the base.
- Cody Asche hit a monster home run to rightfield in the fifth inning to give the Phillies a 2-0 lead.
- Carlos Ruiz went deep tonight for the fourth time this season with his seventh-inning blast than ended up being the game-winning run.
- Jimmy Rollins had a multi-hit night going 2-for-4 with his 27th stolen base of the season.
- Ryan Howard was on his game tonight going 1-for-3 with a walk, a double and a run scored.
Place: 1st in NL East
Last 10: 8-2
- The Nationals have had success against the Phillies over their last 61 games dating back to May 31st, 2011 going 37-25 over that span.
- Washington needs to win big over Philadelphia as they are just 21-31 in one-run games against the Phillies since 2005.
- Overall the Nationals are 77-102 against the Phillies and 46-62 all-time at Citizens Bank Park.
- Washington has found some success in the second half of the season going 24-13 since the All-Star break, including a 17-7 mark in the month of August.
- The Nationals have scored 169 runs in August to lead the the majors just ahead of Minnesota's 168.
- Until Anthony Rendon's solo home run in the top of the sixth inning last night, the Nationals' only hit of the night came from starting pitcher Tanner Roark.
- Wilson Ramos hit a solo home run in the top of the ninth inning driving it to right-centerfield.
- Former-Phillie Kevin Frandsen hit a pinch-hit double in the eighth.
- Asdrubal Cabrera had the only other hit for the Nationals on the night.
6-9, 3.89 ERA, 1.31 WHIP
Gonzalez, 28, threw seven shutout innings allowing four hits and three walks to go along with six strikeouts in Thursday's no-decision against the Diamondbacks. He has not won since July 5th. In 10 career starts against the Phillies, Gonzalez is 5-4 with a 3.06 ERA and a 1.18 WHIP. In seven career starts at Citizens Bank Park, he is 4-2 with a 2.20 ERA and a 1.07 WHIP.
7-6, 2.53 ERA, 1.16 WHIP
Hamels, 30, allowed three runs on nine hits with a walk and four strikeouts in five innings in Wednesday's win over the Mariners. He has allowed three runs on nine hits in each of his last two starts. In 30 career starts against the Nationals, Hamels is 15-7 with a 2.54 ERA and a 1.06 WHIP. In 131 career starts at Citizens Bank Park, he is 54-41 with a 3.30 ERA and a 1.10 WHIP.