Nationals, Phillies trading zeros early, but Riggleman tossed

PHILADELPHIA - We’ve played 3 1/2 innings at Citizens Bank Park, and two of the Nationals’ main constants this year - the solid pitching of Jason Marquis and their offense’s inability to get anything going against an opposing starter - have been in play early.

Marquis has allowed two hits in two innings, striking out a pair of hitters and ending the first inning with a double play. He’s thrown 41 pitches in three innings, 26 of them strikes.

But Phillies rookie Vance Worley also threw 41 in the first three innings, with 28 strikes in that time, and has already struck out six batters in the first four innings. The Nationals’ only two hits are Wilson Ramos’ double to right and Alex Cora’s single up the middle.

A couple of you were asking in our discussion space about all the strikeouts, and the Nationals are actually now in the middle of the league in Ks after starting near the top of the NL. But they’ve already helped Worley set a career in strikeouts, and after Adam LaRoche’s second called strikeout of the night, manager Jim Riggleman was tossed for arguing balls and strikes.