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Olsen Placed on DL; Nationals Lose Pair to Phillies
"You don't even know how bad this feels," Cabrera said. "I feel the worse I ever feel in my life."
Both starters were hurt by Phillies outfielder Raúl Ibáñez, who finished the day 5 for 8 with three home runs and seven RBI. Ibáñez has dominated the Nationals since signing into the National League East during the offseason. In eight games, he is 19 for 33 with six home runs.
Ryan Zimmerman finished the first game 2 for 4 and hit his ninth home run of the season. Ronnie Belliard had a double, a triple and an RBI in the second game. Washington scored three runs in the eighth inning of the first game to cut into a six-run deficit, but the early hole was too deep to overcome. Their three runs in the fifth inning of the second game cut a five-run deficit, which was also too steep for the Nationals. Acta did not complain about the game being called, and said the Nationals must take leads to avoid a situation like last night.
Acta said in a normal situation, Olsen probably would have been taken out earlier -- most likely in the fourth inning. But Acta needed Olsen, and Olsen knew as much.
"I give him a lot of credit. You got a guy throwing 84, 85 miles per hour, and he's not feeling right," Bard said. "I think, ultimately, he's a guy that from the first or second inning on, he was trying to get as deep as he could."
As a basis of comparison, Acta looked to Olsen's win over the Phillies on April 29. On that night, Olsen allowed just one earned run in 5 2/3 innings. He forced the Phillies into seven groundouts against three fly outs. Yesterday, Olsen induced only two groundouts against nine fly outs.
"Velocity," Acta said, when asked to explain the discrepancy. "When he's pitching like he did in Philadelphia, from 89 to 92, the velocity differential makes it more effective. But today, when he's pitching in the mid-80s, it makes it too close with your change-up and your slider so the guys can make an adjustment on him."
By the time the day came to a close, the Nationals had lost three games in a 24-hour span. They lost a starting pitcher. Optimism carried into an 11-game homestand from a .500 West Coast road trip and Zimmerman's 30-game hitting streak has subsided before the weekend concluded.
"Long day," Acta said. "And we got ourselves on a losing streak in two days."