Game 2 preview: Cliff Lee probably needs a strong performance in the nightcap to become (remain?) the frontrunner for the NL Cy Young Award. Lee (16-7, 2.38) is coming off last Thursday’s game against the Marlins in which he pitched so well before allowing a game-tying homer with two outs in the ninth. Still, Lee remains 12-2 with a 1.48 ERA in his last 18 starts. The Nats will counter with Ross Detwiler, who is 0-9 with a 4.76 ERA in 18 career road games, including 12 starts. The Phillies likely will play more of their regulars in the nightcap after fielding a lineup full of Piglets in Game 1. Jayson Werth should be in the lineup for Washington.
Here’s what you need to know from Game 1:
Late-inning drama: Raul Ibanez hit a three-run homer for the Phils in the seventh inning, tying the game at 3-3. Michael Stutes allowed the go-ahead run in the top of the 10th on Ryan Zimmerman's pinch single. Then, in the bottom of the 10th, Erik Kratz - making his Phils debut - led off with a double. Pete Orr then lined out on the 11th pitch he saw from Drew Storen. Following a strikeout by Brian Schneider and an intentional walk to Chase Utley, Ross Gload grounded out to end the ballgame.
Fringe players look like, well, fringe players: Orr made a lazy error early in the game, John Bowker did his best impression of a Little League rundown, and Michael Schwimer gave up a three-run homer. Kyle Kendrick, the rotation's version of a fringe player (despite pitching terrificly for most of the year), logged six scoreless innings to lower his season ERA to 3.04. At one point, the nine players the Phillies had in their lineup collectively had 47 fewer career hits than Chase Utley.
Savery debuts: Former first-round pick, former starting pitcher, former hitter and current relief pitcher Joe Savery made his major league debut in the eighth inning. He allowed a leadoff single and a sacrifice before Charlie Manuel turned to Brad Lidge to escape the jam.