Nats-Phillies thru three: Tied at 1, Olsen going strong

PHILADELPHIA | We’re through three innings here at Citizens Bank Park, and I’m trying a new wrinkle to our in-game coverage today. Well, it’s not all that new -- I did the same thing during in-game threads last year at the Washington Times. But for those of you who aren’t into the in-game thread, here’s a quick update:

The Phillies and Nationals are tied at one through three, and for the Nationals, there have been a few positive developments. Scott Olsen has been solid in his first big-league start of the year, throwing 29 pitches through three innings and getting six groundouts in that time. His fastball has been between 89-91 mph, with his changeup around 84. You’d like to see a slightly bigger difference between those two pitches, but he’s working quickly and getting outs. J.A. Happ, by comparison, needed 59 pitches to get through three, and walked three batters in that time.

The Nationals also got a solid defensive play in the third inning from Adam Dunn, who charged a Happ sac bunt, fired to third and got the lead runner on a fielder’s choice. The next batter, Shane Victorino, hit a deep fly to left. If Dunn doesn’t make that play, Carlos Ruiz scores from third and the Phillies lead 2-1. That could be a key moment later on.