Nats lose to Phillies one last time in ’09

Hamels Rules Nats As Phillies SweepThe Post
Hamels outshines Nats’ DetwilerThe Wash. Times

The Cheesesteak/Half-Smoke Challenge ends with Washington “earning” a brutal 3-15 record against Philadelphia. The Nationals were typically helpless last night, not getting on base until the 7th innning against Phillies starter Cole Hamels. The only mustered a mere run off of him in the 8 innings he pitched.

Ross Detwiler, seeking his first MLB win, is still seeking. He had a five inning start, giving up one run. Not bad.

Dunn’s year with the Nats hardly averageThe Wash. Times
Adam Dunn‘s first season in Washington has been absolutely fantastic. His batting average is much higher than usual, his OBP is better than Ichiro and he has grown as a first baseman after moving there from left field following Nick Johnson’s trade.

Dunn had the night off, Mike Morse played in his place.

Burke Added to Catching MixThe Post
Wil Nieves hurt his hamstring last night, so the Nationals went out and bought Jamie Burke from the Seattle Mariners to be the backup catcher. Burke has rarely left the minors in a decade long career.

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