Three of the standouts in the Phillies’ win over the Washington Nationals Friday night would not have been Phillies if things had gone differently earlier in the week.

Any team in baseball could have Roberto Hernandez, Jonathan Papelbon and Marlon Byrd. Of course, by now you know that GM Ruben Amaro Jr. didn’t believe he was offered enough in return for his available players, so he hung on to them.

Hernandez, Papelbon and Byrd all played a major role in the 2-1 victory over the Nationals.

Hernandez, who did not generate much buzz at the trade deadline but could have been had, pitched eight innings and allowed just one unearned run.

Papelbon, who the Phillies have unsuccessfully shopped for a year, notched his 26th save, and it was not an easy one. He struck out Bryce Harper on a sharp, full-count splitter for the second out in the ninth then punched out Asdrubal Cabrera to end the game. Both strikeouts came with two men on base.

Byrd, the best power bat on the market, had the game’s decisive hit, a solo homer to right off Doug Fister with two outs in the sixth inning. Byrd’s team-high 21st homer broke a 1-1 tie and Hernandez and Papelbon made the lead stand up.

OK, let’s get this right out there: Hernandez was lucky. Sure, he threw strikes and was economical with his pitches, but he was lucky. He gave up at least a half-dozen balls that were scorched. All of them died in Phillies’ leather, including his own. He caught Denard Span’s liner back to the box just before it hit him in the jaw for the second out in the eighth inning.