NATIONALS DEFEAT PHILADELPHIA PHILLIES 8-2 FOR FIRST WIN OF 2009
THE RESULT: The Washington Nationals got home runs from Adam Dunn, Josh Willingham, Elijah Dukes and even Alberto Gonzalez en route to an 8-2 victory over the Philadelphia Phillies before an announced crowd of 20,494 at Nationals Park.
Winning pitcher Shairon Martis went 6.1 innings, allowing two earned runs on five hits and two walks with one strikeout. Martis, the 22-year old rookie, delivered a solid performance, keeping the Phillies off-balance with an assortment of off-speed pitches.
Michael Hinckley, Joe Beimel and Joel Hanrahan went 2.2 hitless innings with no walks and two strikeouts.
Anderson Hernandez, Nick Johnson and Ryan Zimmerman all had multi-hit games at the top of the order for the Nats.
Phillies starter Joe Blanton went six innings, giving up three earned runs on eight hits and one walk, striking out five. His biggest mistake was pitching to Adam Dunn with first base open in the bottom of the first inning with runners on second and third.
Dunn deposited Blanton's 2-2 pitch into the first row of the upper deck for his third home run of the season.
THE TAKEAWAY: This team is going to score some runs, but Alberto Gonzalez? That was the shortest home run we'll see all year, sneaking just past the foul pole and over the left field fence.
All is takes is a little pitching. Don't things look much better for the Nationals now?
THE GOOD: Shairon Martis. He was the first Nationals starter to reach the seventh inning. He didn't overpower anybody, but a steady diet of changeups and curveballs made it easier to spot his 88 MPH fastball. Just five hits and two walks in six and a third not bad for the rookie.
THE BAD: Just about the only non-contributor to the offense was catcher Jesus Flores, who went 0-for-3 with two strikeouts. he did take a walk though, so it wasn't all bad.
THE UGLY: Phillies relief pitcher Jack Taschner. Called upon to keep things close, he instead poured gas on the fire. One inning, four earned on four hits and two walks with two homers. More please!
NEXT GAME: Friday night at 7:05 p.m. against the Florida Marlins. John Lannan (0-2, 10.00) faces Ricky Nolasco (1-1, 7.36).