Cliff Lee (4-5, 3.94) left a lot to be desired, again, and the Nationals, behind a 3-for-4, two-homer performance by early Rookie of the Year candidate Danny Espinosa, snapped a six-game losing streak against the Phillies.
Beerleaguer: Lee has been living life up, up, up in the zone, and 19 walks, including three Tuesday night, already puts him over last-season's thrifty 18. Eight home runs allowed is also more than the Phils would prefer. We haven't seen the best from Lee, or Roy Halladay, in 2011, but we're starting to see the cavern widen between the elite, best-in-class of Halladay, who "labors" to a quality start when he's off, and Lee, who can surrender runs faster than any pitcher on staff when he isn't hitting the corners and keeping the ball down.
How much digital ink should be spilled about Danys Baez and Mike Zagurski? At the end of the day, Baez is a soft, fringe Major Leaguer and Zagurski just can't get through a clean inning at this level, no matter how many times the Phillies tee him up with one. Neither one would have been out there if the game was on the line.
Has fatigue set in? The Phils haven't been off in a while, it's hot, and it's starting to show. It's the second real dud in three games. This is where having some young and hungry guys really helps, and it's no surprise that Domonic Brown and John Mayberry provided the lone highlights with back-to-back jacks in the fifth.
Good game by the Nats. It's how I imagine the Nats look against every other club but the Phillies; their lineup can look pretty decent. This ... by the way ... was the largest margin of victory by an opponent this season.