C-Team Sweeps Nationals For 92-Win Finish

Posted by Tim Malcolm, Sun, September 28, 2008 04:32 PM | Comments: 13

How cool did it feel out there today?

The Phillies defeated the Nationals, 8-3, behind some clutch hits by unsung players. The bullpen — even the filler — shut down the Nats after starter Kyle Kendrick put in four innings of work. It was business as usual for the division champs, as the Phils finished the season with a fantastic 92-70 record.

The highlight of the day came late: Lou Marson, in his first major league start, on a 1-for-3 day so far, took a pitch deep into the left field seats. A fine career got off to a great start as Marson knocked his first career round-tripper. And the silent-treatment reception in the dugout? Priceless.

It was one of those days — in the most meaningless baseball game in Philadelphia since probably the Brandon Duckworth days, the good guys put on a nice show. The oft-maligned So Taguchi went 3-for-5 with a triple, three RBI and a run. Tadahito Iguchi, getting his first start since he was the emergency second baseman last season, went 2-for-5. Eric Bruntlett went 2-for-5. Matt Stairs killed a pitch for his second Phillie homer.

And a few regulars got in. Ryan Howard padded his numbers with a single and a run. His average, now at .251, isn’t so bad now. Jayson Werth also singled and scored.

And the pitching. Kendrick was mediocre, showing he will need that instructional time. The bullpen did their job, with Les Walrond, JA Happ and Rudy Seanez cleaning up for Clay Condrey. A great gesture — Condrey, sticking it out all season without a demotion, proved himself worthy of a 25-man roster spot and an increased role in the ‘pen. He deserved to be on the mound, getting those final outs to close the season.

But the bright spot has to be Marson. Your whistles have been whetted. Marson will be on this club at some point, making real contributions in important contests. But on this day he handled the pitching staff very well, played a solid backstop and looked like a bonafide hitting threat. Your future on display. And now that that one is over … bring on the … !

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  • Posts: 0 Jeffrey

    After reading the recap, now I wish I’d watched this game.
    And poor So Taguchi. He waited too long to remember how to hit and now he’s going to miss the postseason.

  • Posts: 0 Craig

    92 wins.


  • Posts: 0 CT


  • Posts: 0 PhillyFriar

    Congrats to Lou Marson, who finally got a chance to show what he can do. Even if he’s not on the Opening Day roster next year, he’ll be in Philly soon enough.

  • Posts: 0 Greg B

    35 games ago at 68-59, I posted that 92 wins would do the trick and the Phils needed to go 24-11. I can’t believe they actually did it. What a final month.
    Brett Myers needs to rebound from his consecutive lackluster outings. If that happens I like our chances.

  • Posts: 0 nationals#1

    Hey I didn’t get to watch the game, but my brother said nobody congratulated marson after his home run. He said it was because nobody likes him, but then I come on here and Tim wrote about it being “priceless”? Can someone explain what happened?

  • Posts: 0 Griffin

    nationals#1, it’s a rookie hazing thing. They did it as a joke, they ignored him a few seconds and then all piled on him and congratulated him after 30 seconds or so.

  • Posts: 0 Mike T.

    nationals#1 hahaha, oh man. nobody likes him hahaha. what a horrible guess.

  • Posts: 0 Paul

    Well done Marson! This guy could turn out to be a good one.

    Bring on the Crew!

  • Posts: 0 KM

    Wow, the Mets are absolutely terrible.

    Bring on the Brewers, and now we will avoid Sabathia in game one. If he pitched game 2 it would be on 3 days rest, but he has done that before. At least we only have to see him once in the series.

  • Posts: 0 Amanda

    I was there!!

    Marson looked great. His first ML homerun, his first hit, threw out a runner. For a catcher, Marson has good speed. he also blocked balls in the dirt well, and handled the pitching staff well.

  • Posts: 0 Dice

    And not one mention of Chris Coaste’s webgem like plays at firstbase? Forshame!

  • Posts: 0 Mark

    Tim; Great Stuff on the Division Champ Phillies.

    Very rarely in my 50 years of following the Phillies has it been as satisfying as the last few days. Our guys proved that last season was not the aberration that the Mets claimed. Yes fans, the Phillies ARE the team to beat. Let’s get to the big show this year — the World Series!

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