WASHINGTON -- The Phillies are 2-0 since the Trade
Jimmy Rollins homered twice and Vance Worley pitched a
solid seven innings in a 3-2 win against first-place
Washington on Wednesday night at Nationals Park.
Rollins hit solo homers in the third and fifth innings,
bringing his home run total for the series to three.
Newcomer Nate Schierholtz went back-to-back with the
Phillies' veteran shortstop in the fifth for what would
turn out to be the game-winning blast.
Worley settled down after the first couple innings and put
together a good outing. The right-hander allowed two
unearned runs on six hits.
The Phillies (47-57) will go for the three-game sweep of
the Nationals on Thursday night.
It didn't take long for Schierholtz, acquired Tuesday
in the Hunter Pence deal with the Giants, to make an
impact. After joining the team earlier in the day,
Schierholtz went 2-for-5 with the crucial home run. He also
made a nice sliding catch in right field in the eighth
The Phillies' other corner outfielder, Domonic Brown,
contributed in his first Major League start of 2012. Brown,
once regarded as the organization's top prospect, spent
parts of each of the last two seasons with the Phillies but
started 2012 with Triple-A Lehigh Valley. He was promoted
Tuesday when Pence was traded to the Giants and Shane
Victorino went to the Dodgers.
With the Nationals threatening to add to an early 2-0 lead,
Brown showed off his strong left arm. He nailed Nats
starting pitcher Edwin Jackson at home plate with a perfect
throw to catcher Erik Kratz to end the second inning.
Two Philadelphia fielding miscues helped extend a two-run
first inning for the Nationals. An error by third baseman
Kevin Frandsen loaded the bases for Adam LaRoche, who
singled in the game's first run. Then, Danny Espinosa
hit a ground ball to second basemen Chase Utley that looked
like a double-play ball. However, Utley
uncharacteristically dropped it and was only able to get
the out at second base while a run scored.
Right-hander Josh Lindblom, part of the package the
Phillies received for Victorino, also made his Philadelphia
debut. He entered with one out in the eighth inning and
gave up a single to Ryan Zimmerman. He then struck out
Michael Morse on a 93-mph fastball before he was lifted for
left-hander Jeremy Horst. Kratz caught Zimmerman stealing
to end a possible threat.
Jonathan Papelbon closed out the game in the ninth for his
23rd save in 26 opportunities.
Jake Kaplan is an
associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject
to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.