Each and every baseball season, even the diehard fan can look back on losses that virtually lacked excitement from start to finish. And, unfortunately for the Washington Nationals, Sunday afternoon’s 1-0 loss to the Philadelphia Phillies will likely register as one of those losses.
Phillies right-hander Roberto Hernandez shut down the Nats, holding the 17-14 squad to four total hits and no runs through his 7.1 innings pitched.
Nats fans who stuck it out through the full contest witnessed a game that was tough to endure. Gio Gonalez gave up a first inning triple to Jimmy Rollins before Chase Utley singled him home to give the Phillies their would-be final 1-0 lead.
From there, Gonzalez regained control, holding the Phillies to four hits and one run in his 7.1 innings pitched. And, both teams lacked offensive power through the remainder of the game.
The Phils got a few good hacks at Gonzalez’s pitching arsenal. In the bottom of the third, Ben Revere tripled with one out, but Gonzalez retired Jimmy Rollins and Chase Utley to prevent Philadelphia from tallying more runs.
Hernandez recorded three one-two-three innings in his stint. And, the Nats’ biggest threat consisted merely of a Denard Span single and a walk to Adam LaRoche in the eighth.
In fact, aside from Denard Span, who recorded two hits on the day, no one from the Nationals contributed anything beyond a single from the batter’s box.