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.