Instant Replay: Nationals 4, Phillies 0

Instant Replay: Nationals 4, Phillies 0
August 3, 2014, 4:30 pm
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Ben Revere misplays a ball in the outfield during the Phillies' 4-0 loss to the Nationals on Sunday. (USA Today Images)


WASHINGTON -- The Washington Nationals shut out the Phillies for a second straight day Sunday afternoon.

The final score was 4-0.

Cole Hamels and Stephen Strasburg both pitched brilliantly. Strasburg was the winner, pitching seven shutout innings.

Hamels often receives little run support. He was also hurt by poor defense in this game. The only run he gave up in seven innings was unearned after an error by third baseman Cody Asche in the third inning.

Strasburg left with a 1-0 lead. The Nats scored three against the Phils’ bullpen in the eighth.

The Phillies have been shut out 13 times, second-most to San Diego (16) in the NL.

The Phils went 3-4 on the road trip.

In the final two games of the series, Washington starting pitchers Strasburg and Jordan Zimmermann combined to throw 14 scoreless innings. Together, they allowed just eight hits and one walk while striking out 18.

Starting pitching report
Hamels allowed just four hits and one unearned run over seven innings. He walked one and struck out six. He is 6-6 with a 2.42 ERA.

Strasburg gave up just three hits over seven innings. He walked one and struck out 10.

Strasburg has faced the Phillies four times this season. In 25 2/3 innings, he has allowed just four earned runs (1.40 ERA) while striking out 35 and walking just four.

The Nationals are 8-2 in Strasburg’s 10 lifetime starts against the Phillies.

Bullpen report
The Nationals scored three times against the Phillies’ bullpen in the eighth. All the runs were charged to Ken Giles.

At the plate
The Phillies had just three hits. They had just seven hits (six singles) in losing 11-0 Saturday night. They struck out 24 times in the final two games of the series, including 13 times Sunday.

Chase Utley is hitless in his last 16 at-bats. He was 1 for 20 on the trip, but lined out hard to first base in his last at-bat.

Ryan Howard is hitless in his last 14 at-bats. He was 1 for 25 on the trip.

Denard Span drove in Jose Labaton after Asche’s error in the third.

Anthony Rendon and Jayson Werth had RBI doubles against Giles in the eighth.

In the field
Asche made a critical error that led to an unearned run in the third.

The Phillies sent reliever Phillippe Aumont to Triple A after Saturday night’s game and brought up reliever Hector Neris (see story). Neris has never been in the majors before. He did not allow a run in his last 13 innings at Lehigh Valley.

Health check
Domonic Brown has an infection in his tonsils. He will see a doctor in Philadelphia on Monday.

Up next
The Phillies are off Monday. They host the Houston Astros in an interleague series beginning Tuesday night. Kyle Kendrick (5-11, 4.92) pitches the opener against lefty Dallas Keuchel (10-7, 2.97).

Neither team has named a starter for Wednesday night. The Phillies are expected to call up David Buchanan to pitch that night. He would replace Cliff Lee, who is on the disabled list and done for the season with an elbow injury.

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