Nationals right-hander Tim Redding pitched six innings and struck out seven in picking up the win over the offensive-challenged Phils, who managed just five hits on the night.
The Phillies spoiled a run-scoring opportunity in the seventh by getting just one run from ducks on the pond, no outs. Chris Coste’s RBI single drove in Aaron Rowand to make it 4-2 with the bases still loaded, but then Russell Branyan and Jimmy Rollins struck out, and Tadahito Iguchi grounded into a fielder’s choice. The Phillies 1-2-3 hitters were held without a hit.
Kyle Kendrick fell to 5-3 after giving up four runs and seven hits, with a homer, in 5 2-3 innings. Jayson Werth went solo in the losing cause.
Meanwhile, embattled starter Adam Eaton has been placed on the 15-day disabled list, retroactive to Aug. 11. Reader diagnosis: bruised ego. The Phillies claim that Eaton, a three-year, $24 million investment, has been suffering from an inflamed right shoulder and received a cortisone shot last Sunday. On the season, the 30-year-old right-hander is 9-8 with 6.36 ERA and has been particularly dreadful lately.
The Phillies will replace Eaton with J.D. “Real Deal” Durbin, whose turn will come in Pittsburgh. The Phils have recalled Pudgy Polock Mike Zagurski from Triple-A Ottawa.
Carrasco bombed: Reading Phillies beat writer Mike Drago has maintained that Carlos Carrasco, rated as the top prospect in the chain, has been nothing better than ordinary since his call-up, and last night I saw why first hand. Erie jumped all over the 20-year-old for two early homers before he finally settled in for six frames. Carrasco trailed 3-0 after the first three batters and 6-0 with two outs into the third.
As Drago reports, his K/BB rate in Reading is 35/36. After the game, he spoke with pitching coach Tom Filer for his take on Carrasco’s struggles. [Link]
In related news, Shane Victorino did not play last night to the disappointment of a packed house on Cole Hamels bobblehead night. Victorino will be examined by team doctor Dr. Michael Ciccotti today.
Ottawa report: Last night, converted reliever John Ennis tossed seven no-hit innings for the Lynx in a losing cause. Geoff Geary replaced Ennis in the eighth and gave up a single to former farmhand Bobby Scales and an RBI double to Junior Spivey, making it 1-1. Ottawa would lose 3-1 in extras.