Ryan Zimmerman muscled a pinch-hit homer the opposite way for the go-ahead run, as the Nationals put up six runs against the Phillies’ bullpen, which had allowed four runs total in the first eight games.
Beerleaguer: Danys Baez’s bad body language is what stood out most. The book on Baez is that he’s prone to mini-meltdowns, which is what I think we saw yesterday. The bullpen, including Antonio Bastado (1 ER) and Ryan Madson (2 ER) left the door open a little too wide and the opportunistic, desperate Nationals took advantage. Meanwhile, the Phillies had their chances, but couldn’t put all the pieces together. Usually, we don’t say things like "a team wanted it more," but I thought it was somewhat applicable in yesterday’s contest, even though the Phillies battled to the end, as usual.