Consecutive two-out hits by Delmon Young and Domonic Brown plated a pair of runs in the eighth inning and keyed a 5-3 Phillies victory over the Nationals in D.C. on Saturday night. In what is beginning to seem like an every start occurrence, Jonathan Pettibone admirably battled through six innings despite looking pretty hittable. Jonathan Papelbon shut the door on the Nats in the ninth for his ninth save. Chad Durbin threw 13 pitches between the seventh and eighth to get the win.
DELMON COMES UP BIG AGAIN
- It wasn’t pretty, but Young’s single over the first base bag was the difference on Saturday. As the ball trickled into the right field corner, Ryne Sandberg took a chance by waving Michael Young home. It paid off as a weak throw by Bryce Harper and a good slide by Young allowed the Phils to go ahead for good. Brown laced the next pitch into the gap in right center to make it 5-3. Delmon Young now has four RBI in the past four games (eight overall).
- Brown and Erik Kratz hit back-to-back solo home runs for the Phils in the bottom of the second. After D. Young became the fourth consecutive hitter to strikeout, Brown jumped all over a first-pitch, hanging curveball, blasting it into the seats in right field. Kratz hit the next pitch into the bleachers in left center. Brown finished 2 for 4 with two RBI.
- They scored five runs, but the Phillies stuck out 12 times and had only six hits, making Dan Haren look like an All-Star again in the process. Haren struck out 10 Phillies in six innings. His previous high this season was five. Ryan Howard struck out four times.