PHILADELPHIA - The Nationals have played five games against the Phillies this year. They've lost four. In those games, they've scored seven runs. And they'll face Roy Halladay tomorrow.
If things can get any worse for their offense, it's tough to imagine how.
The Nationals fell to the Phillies 7-4 on Wednesday night, facing not one of the Phillies' four All-Star pitchers, but Vance Worley, a rookie who had made three major league starts before Wednesday. They managed one run off him in six innings and struck out seven times. They'll have to beat Halladay tomorrow to salvage a game in the series.
The two teams were scoreless until the bottom of the fifth, when Raul Ibanez hit his 13th homer off the Nationals since 2009. The Phillies scored all seven of their runs off Marquis in the fifth and sixth inning. Adam LaRoche drove in the Nationals' first run with a double in the fifth inning, and Danny Espinosa's three-run homer in the ninth inning dressed up the score a little.
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