Righty Velasquez makes strong lefty throw, Phils edge Nats

PHILADELPHIA (AP) If his right arm isn't healed in time for his next start, maybe Vince Velasquez can pitch with his left.

Ambidextrous, indeed.

Hit on his pitching arm by a line drive, Velasquez made a dazzling throw with his left hand, and Philadelphia overcame an early injury to its starting pitcher to beat the Washington Nationals 3-2 on Saturday night.

''It is well-known he is one of our best all-around athletes,'' Phillies manager Gabe Kapler said. ''You just would never predict that.''

Velasquez was struck in the forearm by Adam Eaton's liner in the second inning. He dropped his glove, hustled to retrieve the ball as it deflected toward third base, and unleashed a strong toss with his opposite arm that nipped the speedy Eaton at first for the final out.

''I tried to finish the play,'' Velasquez said.

The Phillies pitcher actually spent his junior season in high school as a lefty-throwing center fielder due to bone chips in his pitching arm that prevented him from taking the mound.

And on Friday night, Velasquez startled Phillies first baseman Carlos Santana by throwing a ball to him left-handed from the dugout in between innings.

''Kind of warmed up for that play today,'' Velasquez joked.

So, Velasquez knew he could throw left-handed - he just didn't know if he could make an accurate toss.

''I actually surprised myself throwing a strike right there,'' he said.

After completing the play, Velasquez then dropped to the ground, writhing in pain and clutching his right arm. He was pulled from the game with a bruise, having allowed one run and three hits.

X-rays were negative, a better result than he anticipated.

''I thought something was broken,'' he said. ''Thanks to God, nothing is severe.''

Kapler said Velasquez would be further evaluated on Sunday. The pitcher said it was ''up in the air'' whether he would be able to take his next turn in the rotation.

''We'll see how it feels,'' he said.

Victor Arano (1-0) followed Velasquez with two scoreless innings.

Odubel Herrera homered and Jorge Alfaro and Aaron Altherr had RBI doubles as the Phillies bounced back from a 17-7 loss. Anthony Rendon homered for the Nationals, who went deep seven times in Friday night's romp at Citizens Bank Park, but managed just eight hits against six Philadelphia pitchers.

''I thought we were going to score more than two runs after yesterday's performance,'' Nationals manager Dave Martinez said. ''We had our chances.''

Yacksel Rios kept Philadelphia in front by getting out of a jam in the eighth. After Adam Morgan allowed the first two runners to reach on a single and a walk, Rios entered and got Rendon to line out to right, Juan Soto to pop out and Mark Reynolds to ground out.

Rookie Seranthony Dominguez pitched a scoreless ninth for his seventh save in his eighth chances. Dominguez retired the first two batters before pinch-hitter Daniel Murphy doubled to right, but the right-hander retired Eaton on a flyball.

''Cool as a cucumber,'' Kapler said. ''A special performance.''

Jeremy Hellickson (2-1) returned to the mound for Washington after being sidelined since June 4 with a right hamstring strain. The veteran right-hander allowed three runs on seven hits in 4 2/3 innings with four strikeouts and two walks.

RED-HOT RENDON

Rendon is batting .396 in his last 13 games, with hits in 12 of those contests. His 85 career hits against Philadelphia are tied for his most against any opponent.

WHAT A THROW

Alfaro upped his major-league lead to 15 base runners caught stealing when he nailed the swift Trea Turner for the final out in the fifth. Turner entered second in the majors with 22 steals, but was easily out.

''Alfaro threw a bullet,'' Martinez said.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Nationals: RHP Stephen Strasburg (right shoulder inflammation), out since June 10, threw a bullpen session on Saturday. ... Washington transferred 1B Ryan Zimmerman, who has been out since May 10 with a strained right oblique, to the 60-day DL.

UP NEXT

The teams close out the four-game series on Sunday afternoon with Washington LHP Gio Gonzalez (6-5, 3.68) facing Phillies RHP Jake Arrieta (5-6, 3.54).

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  • W: V. Arano (1-0)L: J. Hellickson (2-1)S: S. Dominguez (7)
  • HR: WAS - A. Rendon (11), PHI - O. Herrera (14)
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M. Reynolds 1B30100102.233.297.478.7752.0
W. Difo 2B41100012.246.298.348.6461.5
S. Kieboom C30110011.214.298.262.5602.5
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  • a-grounded out for Kieboom in the 9th
  • b-grounded out for Miller in the 7th
  • c-doubled for Herrera in the 9th
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C. Santana 1B30000101.222.360.434.7941.0
N. Williams RF40100032.232.305.421.726-0.5
S. Kingery SS40000002.231.280.342.6220.0
J. Valentin 3B41200010.227.286.409.6955.5
J. Alfaro C31110011.251.297.387.6843.5
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a- D. Cozens PH10000001.154.313.385.6970.0
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b- A. Altherr PH10110000.176.294.316.6103.0
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  • a-grounded out for Velasquez in the 4th
  • b-doubled for Arano in the 4th
  • c-walked for Hunter in the 6th
BATTING
  • 2B - S. Kieboom (2), D. Murphy (2)
  • HR - A. Rendon (11)
  • RBI - A. Rendon (35), S. Kieboom (3)
BATTING
  • 2B - J. Valentin (3), J. Alfaro (10), A. Altherr (6)
  • 3B - J. Valentin
  • HR - O. Herrera (14)
  • RBI - O. Herrera (46), J. Alfaro (16), A. Altherr (32)
  • 2-Out RBI - O. Herrera (13), J. Alfaro (8), A. Altherr (8)
BASERUNNING
  • CS - T. Turner (3)
FIELDING
  • DP - (Kingery-Valentin-Santana)
  • E - V. Velasquez (2)
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
J. Hellickson (L, 2-1)4.27332412.631.02-3.0
J. Miller1.10001202.570.903.0
R. Madson1.00000104.451.453.5
K. Herrera1.00000101.470.853.5
PITCHERSIP
J. Hellickson (L, 2-1)4.2
J. Miller1.1
R. Madson1.0
K. Herrera1.0
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
V. Velasquez2.03111304.691.292.5
V. Arano (W, 1-0)2.01000102.571.0712.5
T. Hunter2.02111415.041.484.0
A. Morgan (H, 11)1.01001105.241.611.5
Y. Rios (H, 2)1.00000005.011.463.0
S. Dominguez (S, 7)1.01000001.980.669.0
PITCHERSIP
V. Velasquez2.0
V. Arano (W, 1-0)2.0
T. Hunter2.0
A. Morgan (H, 11)1.0
Y. Rios (H, 2)1.0
S. Dominguez (S, 7)1.0
PITCHING
  • Pitches-Strikes - J. Hellickson 98-57, J. Miller 24-18, R. Madson 9-6, K. Herrera 15-11
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - J. Hellickson 3-7, K. Herrera 2-0
  • Batters Faced - J. Hellickson 23, J. Miller 5, R. Madson 3, K. Herrera 3
PITCHING
  • HBP - V. Arano
  • Pitches-Strikes - V. Velasquez 43-27, V. Arano 23-17, T. Hunter 38-23, A. Morgan 25-14, Y. Rios 11-7, S. Dominguez 13-9
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - V. Velasquez 2-1, V. Arano 2-2, T. Hunter 1-0, A. Morgan 1-1, Y. Rios 1-2, S. Dominguez 2-1
  • Batters Faced - V. Velasquez 10, V. Arano 7, T. Hunter 8, A. Morgan 5, Y. Rios 3, S. Dominguez 4
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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A. Eaton RF50100022.298.372.417.7890.0
T. Turner SS30100011.270.354.410.7640.5
B. Harper CF20000211.219.366.482.8481.5
A. Rendon 3B41211002.292.356.530.8867.0
J. Soto LF40000024.325.434.6001.034-1.0
M. Reynolds 1B30100102.233.297.478.7752.0
W. Difo 2B41100012.246.298.348.6461.5
S. Kieboom C30110011.214.298.262.5602.5
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  • a-grounded out for Kieboom in the 9th
  • b-grounded out for Miller in the 7th
  • c-doubled for Herrera in the 9th
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C. Hernandez 2B40100012.271.378.394.7720.5
R. Hoskins LF30000101.257.374.498.8721.0
O. Herrera CF41111022.286.340.481.8215.0
C. Santana 1B30000101.222.360.434.7941.0
N. Williams RF40100032.232.305.421.726-0.5
S. Kingery SS40000002.231.280.342.6220.0
J. Valentin 3B41200010.227.286.409.6955.5
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c- M. Franco PH00000100.258.302.442.7441.0
A. Morgan P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
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  • a-grounded out for Velasquez in the 4th
  • b-doubled for Arano in the 4th
  • c-walked for Hunter in the 6th
BATTING
  • 2B - S. Kieboom (2), D. Murphy (2)
  • HR - A. Rendon (11)
  • RBI - A. Rendon (35), S. Kieboom (3)
BATTING
  • 2B - J. Valentin (3), J. Alfaro (10), A. Altherr (6)
  • 3B - J. Valentin
  • HR - O. Herrera (14)
  • RBI - O. Herrera (46), J. Alfaro (16), A. Altherr (32)
  • 2-Out RBI - O. Herrera (13), J. Alfaro (8), A. Altherr (8)
BASERUNNING
  • CS - T. Turner (3)
FIELDING
  • DP - (Kingery-Valentin-Santana)
  • E - V. Velasquez (2)
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
J. Hellickson (L, 2-1)4.27332412.631.02-3.0
J. Miller1.10001202.570.903.0
R. Madson1.00000104.451.453.5
K. Herrera1.00000101.470.853.5
Total8.0733381---
PITCHERSIP
J. Hellickson (L, 2-1)4.2
J. Miller1.1
R. Madson1.0
K. Herrera1.0
Total8.0
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
V. Velasquez2.03111304.691.292.5
V. Arano (W, 1-0)2.01000102.571.0712.5
T. Hunter2.02111415.041.484.0
A. Morgan (H, 11)1.01001105.241.611.5
Y. Rios (H, 2)1.00000005.011.463.0
S. Dominguez (S, 7)1.01000001.980.669.0
Total9.0822391---
PITCHERSIP
V. Velasquez2.0
V. Arano (W, 1-0)2.0
T. Hunter2.0
A. Morgan (H, 11)1.0
Y. Rios (H, 2)1.0
S. Dominguez (S, 7)1.0
Total9.0
PITCHING
  • Pitches-Strikes - J. Hellickson 98-57, J. Miller 24-18, R. Madson 9-6, K. Herrera 15-11
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - J. Hellickson 3-7, K. Herrera 2-0
  • Batters Faced - J. Hellickson 23, J. Miller 5, R. Madson 3, K. Herrera 3
PITCHING
  • HBP - V. Arano
  • Pitches-Strikes - V. Velasquez 43-27, V. Arano 23-17, T. Hunter 38-23, A. Morgan 25-14, Y. Rios 11-7, S. Dominguez 13-9
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - V. Velasquez 2-1, V. Arano 2-2, T. Hunter 1-0, A. Morgan 1-1, Y. Rios 1-2, S. Dominguez 2-1
  • Batters Faced - V. Velasquez 10, V. Arano 7, T. Hunter 8, A. Morgan 5, Y. Rios 3, S. Dominguez 4
  • 6TH INNING
    Rendon homered to left23
  • 4TH INNING
    Altherr doubled to left center, Alfaro scored13
    Alfaro doubled to left, Valentin scored12
  • 3RD INNING
    Herrera homered to right center11
  • 2ND INNING
    Kieboom doubled to deep center, Difo scored10
  • 9TH INNING
    • Seranthony Dominguez relieved Yacksel Rios
    • W. Difo: Ball, Foul, Difo grounded out to first
    • Brian Goodwin hit for Spencer Kieboom
    • B. Goodwin: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Goodwin grounded out to first
    • Daniel Murphy hit for Kelvin Herrera
    • D. Murphy: Murphy doubled to deep right
    • A. Eaton: Ball, Strike looking, Eaton flied out to deep right
    • Middle of the 9th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
  • 8TH INNING
    • A. Morgan Pitching:
    • T. Turner: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Turner singled to center
    • B. Harper: Pickoff attempt, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Harper walked, Turner to second
    • Yacksel Rios relieved Adam Morgan
    • A. Rendon: Foul, Foul, Ball, Rendon lined out to right
    • J. Soto: Soto popped out to third
    • M. Reynolds: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Reynolds grounded out to shortstop
    • Middle of the 8th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • Kelvin Herrera relieved Ryan Madson
    • N. Williams: Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Williams struck out swinging
    • S. Kingery: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Kingery grounded out to second
    • J. Valentin: Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Valentin grounded out to pitcher
    • End of the 8th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 7TH INNING
    • Adam Morgan pitching
    • S. Kieboom: Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Kieboom popped out to second
    • Michael Taylor hit for Justin Miller
    • M. Taylor: Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Taylor grounded out to second
    • A. Eaton: Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, Eaton struck out swinging
    • Middle of the 7th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • Ryan Madson pitching
    • R. Hoskins: Ball, Strike (foul tip), Ball, Ball, Hoskins flied out to center
    • O. Herrera: Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, Herrera struck out swinging
    • C. Santana: Santana lined out to center
    • End of the 7th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 6TH INNING
    • T. Hunter Pitching:
    • B. Harper: Foul, Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Harper struck out looking
    • A. Rendon: Foul, Rendon homered to left
    • J. Soto: Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Soto struck out swinging
    • M. Reynolds: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Reynolds walked
    • W. Difo: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Difo struck out swinging
    • Middle of the 6th (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • J. Miller Pitching:
    • J. Valentin: Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul tip, Valentin struck out on foul tip
    • J. Alfaro: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Alfaro struck out swinging
    • Maikel Franco hit for Tommy Hunter
    • M. Franco: Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Franco walked
    • C. Hernandez: Strike looking, Hernandez flied out to left
    • End of the 6th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 5TH INNING
    • Tommy Hunter pitching
    • J. Hellickson: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Hellickson struck out swinging
    • A. Eaton: Strike looking, Eaton singled to left
    • T. Turner: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Turner reached on fielder's choice to shortstop, Eaton out at second
    • B. Harper: Pickoff attempt, Ball, Strike looking, Turner caught stealing, catcher to third
    • Middle of the 5th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • J. Hellickson Pitching:
    • R. Hoskins: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Hoskins walked
    • O. Herrera: Foul, Pickoff attempt, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Herrera popped out to third
    • C. Santana: Strike swinging, Santana reached on fielder's choice to shortstop, Hoskins out at second
    • N. Williams: Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Williams singled to right, Santana to second
    • Justin Miller relieved Jeremy Hellickson
    • S. Kingery: Strike looking, Strike (foul tip), Foul, Foul, Foul, Foul, Kingery flied out to right
    • End of the 5th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
  • 4TH INNING
    • V. Arano Pitching:
    • J. Soto: Strike looking, Soto grounded out to shortstop
    • M. Reynolds: Ball, Strike swinging, Reynolds reached on an infield single to third
    • W. Difo: Strike looking, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Foul, Difo flied out to shallow center
    • S. Kieboom: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Kieboom struck out swinging
    • Middle of the 4th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • J. Hellickson Pitching:
    • N. Williams: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Williams struck out swinging
    • S. Kingery: Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Kingery flied out to right
    • J. Valentin: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Valentin doubled to left center
    • J. Alfaro: Alfaro doubled to left, Valentin scored
    • Aaron Altherr hit for Victor Arano
    • A. Altherr: Altherr doubled to left center, Alfaro scored
    • C. Hernandez: Hernandez flied out to center
    • End of the 4th (2 Runs, 3 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 3RD INNING
    • Victor Arano pitching
    • T. Turner: Strike looking, Strike (foul tip), Ball, Ball, Turner hit by pitch
    • B. Harper: Pickoff attempt, Ball, Pickoff attempt, Pickoff attempt, Harper grounded into double play shortstop to third to first, Turner out at second
    • A. Rendon: Foul, Rendon flied out to right
    • Middle of the 3rd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • J. Hellickson Pitching:
    • C. Hernandez: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike looking, Hernandez struck out looking
    • R. Hoskins: Foul, Ball, Hoskins fouled out to first
    • O. Herrera: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Herrera homered to right center
    • C. Santana: Santana flied out to left
    • End of the 3rd (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
  • 2ND INNING
    • V. Velasquez Pitching:
    • M. Reynolds: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Reynolds popped out to second
    • W. Difo: Difo singled to right center
    • S. Kieboom: Strike looking, Difo to third on Velasquez fielding error, Foul, Ball, Kieboom doubled to deep center, Difo scored
    • J. Hellickson: Ball, Strike looking, Hellickson grounded out to second, Kieboom to third
    • A. Eaton: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Eaton lined out to pitcher
    • Middle of the 2nd (1 Run, 2 Hits, 1 Error)
    • J. Hellickson Pitching:
    • S. Kingery: Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Kingery popped out to second
    • J. Valentin: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Valentin tripled to deep center
    • J. Alfaro: Strike looking, Ball, Alfaro grounded out to pitcher
    • Dylan Cozens hit for Vince Velasquez
    • D. Cozens: Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Cozens grounded out to shortstop
    • End of the 2nd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
  • 1ST INNING
    • V. Velasquez Pitching:
    • A. Eaton: Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, Eaton struck out swinging
    • T. Turner: Strike looking, Ball, Strike (foul tip), Ball, Strike swinging, Turner struck out swinging
    • B. Harper: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Harper walked
    • A. Rendon: Pickoff attempt, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Rendon singled to left center, Harper to second
    • J. Soto: Ball, Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, Soto struck out swinging
    • Middle of the 1st (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • J. Hellickson Pitching:
    • C. Hernandez: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Hernandez singled to left
    • R. Hoskins: Ball, Ball, Foul, Hoskins flied out to center
    • O. Herrera: Pickoff attempt, Ball, Ball, Ball, Pickoff attempt, Strike looking, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Herrera struck out swinging
    • C. Santana: Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Ball, Santana walked, Hernandez to second
    • N. Williams: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Foul, Strike looking, Williams struck out looking
    • End of the 1st (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)