It’s a warm night in Citizens Bank Park, everybody’s favorite launching pad east of the Rocky Mountains. That combination means balls could be flying out of here all night. They certainly have been the first three innings.
The Nats lead 5-2, scoring three runs in the third on a couple of moon shots from Ryan Zimmerman and Elijah Dukes. Both shots would have been out of any ballpark in the country, but the conditions here make the ball jump that much harder off those maple bats. Joe Blanton served up hittable pitches to both players, which didn’t hurt.
The Phillies have also hit Shairon Martis, scoring two in the second when Austin Kearns couldn’t hang onto a Raul Ibanez double at the wall. Kearns had the ball on the cusp of his mitt when he made a backhanded, backpedaling attempt at it, but lost it as he turned the glove over while putting one hand back to avoid crashing into the chain-link fence that covers the out-of-town scoreboard. Ibanez, so far, looks like he could be a headache for the Nats—he’s 5-for-10 against them this year with a homer and four RBI. Jayson Werth also hit a long fly ball that Kearns caught at the wall to end the third.
Stay tuned. Could be an eventful night.