Instant Replay: Nationals 9, Phillies 6


Instant Replay: Nationals 9, Phillies 6


Phillies pitchers had a lot of trouble throwing strikes Tuesday night. They walked nine -- and hit a batter -- in a 9-6 loss to the Washington Nationals at Citizens Bank Park. The attendance was 28,826. It was the smallest crowd at Citizens Bank Park since April 3, 2008.

Interim manager Ryne Sandberg rested Chase Utley and Jimmy Rollins and used a lineup dotted with reserves and young players under evaluation.

The Phils are 10-9 under Sandberg.

Starting pitching report
Rookie right-hander Ethan Martin showed power stuff but continued to have control problems. He walked five and hit a batter in 4 2/3 innings. Two of the walks and the hit batsman eventually became runs. One of Martin’s walks came on four pitches with the bases loaded.

In seven big-league starts, Martin is 2-4 with a 6.90 ERA. He has walked 21 in 30 innings.

Lefty Gio Gonzalez went 5 2/3 innings. He gave up five hits and five runs, but only one was earned as his defense made three errors. Gonzalez walked three and struck out six.

Bullpen report
Phillies relievers allowed seven hits and walked four.

Washington’s bullpen allowed just one run in 3 1/3 innings. Rafael Soriano got the save.

At the plate
Rookie Cody Asche had three hits, including his third homer, and three RBIs for the Phillies.

Utley got a night out of the starting lineup. He had a pinch-hit single in the sixth.

Wilson Ramos got the Nationals going with a three-run homer in the second. It followed a hit batsman and a walk by Martin. Ramos also walked with the bases loaded for a fourth RBI. Denard Span had three hits for Washington.

In the field
Sloppy game. Washington made three errors.

Phillies third baseman Asche also made an error, which led to a pair unearned runs. Asche had not made an error in his previous nine games.

Up next
Right-handers Jordan Zimmermann (15-8, 3.33) and Roy Halladay (3-4, 7.94) are the pitchers Wednesday night.

Phillies tender contracts to 3 players as Cody Asche becomes free agent

Phillies tender contracts to 3 players as Cody Asche becomes free agent

The Phillies tendered contracts to three arbitration-eligible players on Friday night and set another free.
Reliever Jeanmar Gomez and infielders Cesar Hernandez and Freddy Galvis were tendered contracts for the 2017 season while outfielder Cody Asche was let go after four seasons with the club. 
The Phillies signaled their intention to let Asche go when they designated him for assignment, a move that removed him from the 40-man roster, on Friday afternoon. The club had the option of trading Asche — and likely had discussions with other clubs — but ultimately decided to non-tender him before the 8 p.m. deadline. The move made Asche a free agent.
The Phils had removed Asche from the 40-man roster to clear a spot for David Rollins, a left-handed reliever who was claimed off waivers from Texas on Friday (see story)
Galvis and Hernandez, the team’s regular shortstop and second baseman, respectively, were certain to receive contracts for 2017. Gomez was less certain. He saved 37 games for the Phils in 2016, but struggled badly late in the season.
Phillies officials will try to negotiate 2017 salaries with all three players. If an agreement cannot be reached with a player, an arbitration hearing will be held later in the winter to determine that player’s salary for the coming season.
Gomez made $1.4 million in 2016, Galvis $2 million and Hernandez $525,000. According to, Gomez projects to make $4.6 million in arbitration, Galvis $4.4 million and Hernandez $2.5 million. 

The Phillies' roster is full at 40.

Phillies DFA OF Cody Asche, claim LHP David Rollins off waivers

Phillies DFA OF Cody Asche, claim LHP David Rollins off waivers

Cody Asche's time with the Phillies has come to an end.

The Phillies claimed LHP David Rollins off waivers from the Texas Rangers on Friday. To make room on the 40-man roster, Asche was designated for assignment. The Phillies had until 8 p.m. on Friday to tender a contract to the outfielder, but they instead chose to free up the roster spot for Rollins.

Asche played four seasons with the Phillies from 2013-16 after he was drafted in the fourth round in 2011. The St. Charles, Mo. native had a .213/.284/.350 batting line this past season over 71 games. His best season with the Phillies came as their starting third baseman in 2014, hitting 10 home runs and driving home 46 runs in 121 games.

Rollins has been on four different rosters this offseason. He pitched 31 games in relief for the Seattle Mariners over the last two seasons, sporting a 7.60 ERA over 34 1/3 innings. He was claimed off waivers by the Chicago Cubs 15 days after the World Series and then subsequently claimed again by the Rangers. 

Rollins was a 24th round draft pick by the Toronto Blue Jays in the 2011 MLB Draft and was traded a year later to the Houston Astros. Prior to the 2015 season, the Mariners picked Rollins in the Rule 5 draft after the Astros chose not to protect him.