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Myers comes through to save Phils' bullpen in Game 1 vs. Nats

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WASHINGTON -- Opening a doubleheader following a 12-inning game the night before, the Philadelphia Phillies and Washington Nationals both needed some solid starting pitching.

The Phillies got it. The Nationals didn't come close.

Brett Myers cranked out seven innings, Raul Ibanez hit a pair of home runs, and the Phillies again battered the National League's worst pitching staff Saturday in an 8-5 victory in the opener of the day-night doubleheader.

Olsen has MRI on throwing shoulder after loss | Game 2: Phillies 7, Nationals 5 (6)

Philadelphia also got a good inning from closer Brad Lidge, while things got worse for the Nationals: Starter Scott Olsen left after the game to have an MRI exam on his throwing shoulder.

Myers (3-2) matched his longest outing of season while striking out a season-high eight batters and allowing a season-low three hits. It was just the tonic for a team that used seven pitchers, including a projected Saturday starter, in Friday's 10-6 extra-inning win.

"We needed somebody to step up and eat up some innings," Ibanez said. "Not only did he do that, but he turned in a brilliant performance."

Ibanez finished with three hits, three runs and four RBI. He hit a solo home run to center in the first and a three-run shot off the facade above right-center in the third, his 12th homer of the season. He is 17 for 30 with five homers and 13 RBI against the Nationals this season.

How hot is he? Manager Charlie Manuel doesn't want to answer questions about his outfielder -- for fear of jinxing him.

"Don't need to talk about him," Manuel said. "Leave him alone."

Manuel was more than happy to talk about Lidge, who had allowed at least one run in six straight appearances. The closer who was so invincible last season blew a save opportunity Friday night, so his work Saturday afternoon -- one inning, one hit allowed -- was worth more than just his sixth save of the season.

"That's how I've always managed -- I get him out there as soon as I can," Manuel said. "I think sometimes if you show people you've got confidence in them, that definitely helps them."

After using eight pitchers Friday night, Nationals manager Manny Acta was asked early Saturday what he expected from Olsen. He replied, "Eight innings."

Instead, Olsen (1-4) was gone after five and 94 pitches, having allowed nine hits, six runs (five earned). He gave up three homers, including two on fastballs that clocked only 85 miles per hour. Afterward, the left-hander complained of tightness in his shoulder and underwent a precautionary MRI exam.

"He did something that probably wouldn't help him -- he was thinking about his teammates," Acta said. "He wanted to go out there and give us as many innings as he could."

By the fourth inning, the biggest drama was whether center fielder Shane Victorino -- acting on a pregame clubhouse dare -- could hit the water cooler in the Philadelphia bullpen with his final warmup toss when the Phillies took the field between innings. He came close a few times, but at least he would have more chances during the nightcap.

Ryan Zimmerman hit a solo homer for Washington, extending his streak to 33 straight games in which he has reached base safely.

Notes

  • Because J.A. Happ, the expected starter for Saturday's nightcap, pitched in relief Friday night, the Phillies called up Andrew Carpenter from Triple-A to start the second game.
  • The Phillies' 10-4 road record is the best in the majors.
  • Nationals CF Elijah Dukes, who strained his left hamstring in Friday's game, struck out as a pinch hitter in the ninth.
  • Philadelphia 2B Chase Utley, in an 0-for-18 slump, sat out the first game.
  • Phillies 1B Ryan Howard, with the infield shifted, hit into an unusual 4-5-3 double play in the seventh.
  • The first game was a makeup for an April 15 rainout.
 
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Raul Ibanez takes a long look at his yard work, hitting the second of his two dingers.  (AP)
Raul Ibanez takes a long look at his yard work, hitting the second of his two dingers. (AP)

Players of the Game
Philadelphia

B. Myers
IP 7.0
H 3
ER 2
BB 2
K 8
Washington

R. Zimmerman
AB 4
R 1
H 2
HR 1
RBI 2
 
Philadelphia Phillies
Jimmy Rollins, SS4121100 .207
Shane Victorino, CF5121000 .258
Raul Ibanez, LF5334002 .361
Ryan Howard, 1B4010111 .257
Jayson Werth, RF5132010 .289
Pedro Feliz, 3B5010014 .302
Chris Coste, C5120003 .236
Eric Bruntlett, 2B4000016 .107
Brett Myers, P3000010 .188
   a- Matt Stairs, PH0100100 .350
    Ryan Madson, P0000000 .000
    Brad Lidge, P0000000 .000
Totals40814835  
a-walked for Myers in the 8th
Batting
2B - Pedro Feliz (8, Colome), Chris Coste (6, Mock)
HR - Raul Ibanez 2 (12, Olsen, Olsen), Jayson Werth (7, Olsen)
RBI - Jimmy Rollins (12), Shane Victorino (21), Raul Ibanez 4 (32), Jayson Werth 2 (23)
2-OUT RBI - Jimmy Rollins (5), Shane Victorino (7), Raul Ibanez (9)
CS - Jimmy Rollins (3, 2nd base by Olsen/Bard)
Team LOB - 8
Fielding
DP - Bruntlett-Rollins-Howard
Philadelphia Phillies
Brett Myers (W,3-2) 7322282 4.50
Ryan Madson 1433000 3.57
Brad Lidge (S,6) 1100010 8.64
Pitches-Strikes - Brett Myers 108-70, Ryan Madson 18-14, Brad Lidge 23-17
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Brett Myers 7-5, Ryan Madson 1-2, Brad Lidge 1-1
Batters Faced - Brett Myers 25, Ryan Madson 7, Brad Lidge 4
Washington Nationals
Cristian Guzman, SS4111001 .373
Nick Johnson, 1B3001010 .326
Ryan Zimmerman, 3B4122000 .366
Adam Dunn, RF4000021 .293
Josh Willingham, LF4111021 .194
Josh Bard, C4000010 .150
Willie Harris, CF2010210 .250
Anderson Hernandez, 2B4110003 .264
Scott Olsen, P1000010 .000
   a- Alex Cintron, PH1010000 .091
    Garrett Mock, P0000000 .000
   b- Ronnie Belliard, PH1110000 .178
    Jesus Colome, P0000000 .000
   c- Elijah Dukes, PH1000011 .270
Totals3358529  
a-singled for Olsen in the 5th
b-singled for Mock in the 8th
c-struck out for Colome in the 9th
Batting
2B - Cristian Guzman (7, Madson)
HR - Ryan Zimmerman (9, Myers), Josh Willingham (6, Myers)
SF - Nick Johnson (2)
RBI - Cristian Guzman (10), Nick Johnson (20), Ryan Zimmerman 2 (29), Josh Willingham (9)
2-OUT RBI - Ryan Zimmerman (9), Josh Willingham (4)
SB - Anderson Hernandez (3, 2nd base off Myers/Coste)
Team LOB - 4
Fielding
DP - A. Hernandez-Zimmerman-N. Johnson
E - Nick Johnson (4, Misplayed grounder)
Washington Nationals
Scott Olsen (L,1-4) 5965233 7.24
Garrett Mock 3422110 4.97
Jesus Colome 1100010 18.00
Pitches-Strikes - Scott Olsen 94-66, Garrett Mock 44-31, Jesus Colome 10-9
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Scott Olsen 3-9, Garrett Mock 6-1, Jesus Colome 1-1
Batters Faced - Scott Olsen 26, Garrett Mock 13, Jesus Colome 4
Game Information
Attendance - 19910
Game Time - 2:36
Temperature - 76
Umpires - Home - Chuck Meriwether, First Base - Damien Beal, Second Base - Mike Reilly, Third Base - Laz Diaz