Nationals Vs. Phillies Doubleheader: Nationals Sweep By Phillies And Sweep Doubleheader

The Nationals are now 8-8 in the season series with the Phillies and have the most success against the NL East Champs more than any other NL East team.

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Nationals Vs. Phillies Doubleheader Game 2 Final: Nationals Complete Doubleheader Sweep Of Phillies With 3-0 Shutout

The Washington Nationals didn't beat the Philadelphia Phillies just once on Tuesday, but twice with the Nationals taking Game 2 of a doubleheader by the score of 3-0. The Nationals are now 8-8 with the Phillies in the season series and are the NL East team with the most success against the Division Champs. Is the writing starting to appear on the wall? Should Washington fans start purchasing tickets to 2012 series in "Natstown North?"

As long as Nationals starter Ross Detwiler continues to pitch like he did Tuesday night, you might want those tickets. Detwiler went seven innings giving up only three hits, no runs, one walk and striking out three. It was an impressive performance from yet another promising piece of the Nationals future.

Danny Espinosa hit his 20th home run in the second inning off a baffled Cliff Lee. Espinosa tied the single-season mark for homers by a rookie along with Ryan Zimmerman and Brad Wilkerson. Espinosa is the third rookie second baseman in MLB history to hit 20 or more home runs. Detwiler added a RBI single in the sixth inning and Jayson Werth scored on a errant pick off by the Phillies.

The Nats have won six straight road contests, the longest road win streak for franchise since the Montreal Expos won nine straight in 1994.

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Nationals Vs. Phillies Doubleheader Game 2 Score: Ross Detwiler Doing It All, Nationals Lead 3-0

A fantastic performance from Washington Nationals southpaw Ross Detwiler and a milestone for a Nationals rookie have helped the Nats take a 3-0 lead against the Philadelphia Phillies in Game 2 of a Tuesday doubleheader. The Nationals have a chance to sweep a double header from Philadelphia as they took Game 1 in 10-innings by the score of 4-3.

Detwiler has been dealing holding the Phillies to only two hits, no walks and striking out three in six innings. The young lefty also hit a RBI single up the middle against Cliff Lee to give the Nationals a 2-0 lead. The Nationals first run came in the second inning. Second baseman Danny Espinosa smashed a Lee pitch to right center field for his 20th home run of the season. Espinosa's 20th ties the franchise record of single season home runs by a rookie. Espinosa joins the company of the likes of Ryan Zimmerman and Brad Wilkerson.

A Carlos Ruiz pick-off error allowed Jayson Werth to score in the top of the seventh.

The Nationals are looking to hold on against their NL East rivals on Tuesday night as the game enters the bottom of the seventh inning.

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Nationals Vs. Phillies: Ross Detwiler Looks To Allow Nationals To Sweep Doubleheader

The Washington Nationals will look to sweep a doubleheader against the league-leading Philadelphia Phillies in Philadelphia on Tuesday night, a feat that is incredibly tough to do. The Nationals took the first game of the doubleheader, 4-3, on a pinch-hit RBI single by Ryan ZImmerman. Now, they'll look to sweep behind Ross Detwiler, who will take the mound.

Detwiler is looking for his third win of the season in his ninth start. He began the season in long relief, but upon being called up from the minors, he has been inserted into the rotation. Cliff Lee will oppose Detwiler, looking for his 17th win of the season.

After sitting many regulars in the first game of the doubleheader, the Nationals will throw out a normal lineup in the nightcap. Here it is:

  1. Ian Desmond (SS)
  2. Jayson Werth (CF)
  3. Ryan Zimmerman (3B)
  4. Michael Morse (LF)
  5. Jonny Gomes (RF)
  6. Danny Espinosa (2B)
  7. Chris Marrero (1B)
  8. Wilson Ramos (C)
  9. Ross Detwiler (P)

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Nationals Vs. Phillies Doubleheader Game 1 Final: Ryan Zimmerman Delivers 10th Inning Blow To Phillies, Nationals Win 4-3

In the same way the Philadelphia Phillies make themselves at home at Nationals Park, the Washington Nationals are moving into Citizens Bank Park and are making themselves comfortable. Perhaps in time Philadelphia will be home to "Nationals Park North." It will come sooner than later if the Nationals continue to beat the reigning NL East champs like they did Tuesday afternoon. In game one of a doubleheader the Nationals beat the Phillies 4-3 in 10-innings much to the dismay of the hometown fans in Philly.

Nationals starting pitcher Tom Milone pitched six brilliant innings giving up only four hits, no runs, no walks and striking out two. It was the longest performance of Milone's short Major League career and the first start where he was not taken out of the game mid-inning.

In the seventh inning outfielder Roger Bernadina hit a three-run blast to put the Nationals up 3-0. However, reliever Doug Slaten entered the game and put two Phillies on base before being relieved for Tyler Clippard. Clippard then gave up a three-run home run to Raul Ibanez to tie the game.

In the 10th inning manager Davey Johnson put in pinch hitter Ryan Zimmerman (who had the afternoon off) and he slapped a RBI single to score Michael Morse off Michael Stutes. Nationals closer Drew Storen then came in and slammed the door on the Phillies for his 39th save of the season.

The Nationals have won six of their last eight against the Phillies.

Game 2 of the doubleheader is at 7:05 P.M. with Ross Detwiler taking the mound.

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Nationals Vs. Phillies Doubleheader Game 1 Score: Nationals and Phillies Trading Zeroes In 0-0 Tie

It has been back and forth, back and forth between the Washington Nationals and Philadelphia Phillies at Citizens Bank Park. However, neither team seems willing to give as the score is 0-0 in the sixth inning.

Rookie southpaw Tom Milone has kept the Phillies line up at bay. So far he has gone five innings giving up no runs, two hits, walking none and striking out one. It is the type of performance that the Nationals are hoping the youngster is capable of giving consistently.

Offensively, there is not much to report other than the Nationals are leading the Phillies in hits. The Nationals have five hits off Kyle Kendrick. Roger Bernadina, Rick Ankiel, Steve Lombardozzi, and Danny Espinosa  have all tallied hits while Laynce Nix reached base on a Phillies fielding error in the top of the sixth. The Nats were able to get Ankiel on third base with two outs, but Espinosa struck out to end the inning and the closet scoring threat of the day.

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Nationals Vs. Phillies Doubleheader: Tom Milone Gets First Shot At Picking Off Phillies In Game 1

Ryan Zimmerman, Jayson Werth and Michael Morse all have Game One off as plenty of Nationals rookies get some starting time.

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