Mother Nature tried to do it. She rained and rained but gave after two hours before the Phillies and Nationals finally got back under way after two outs in the first inning.
Kyle Kendrick was called on for the ‘spot’ start after the rain delay. Kendrick pitched well in his six innings of work allowing only two runs on five hits. His ERA is actually down to a respectable 3.24 with over 97 innings pitched this season.
The Phillies scored their four runs in the third inning with a run scoring triple from John Mayberry and an RBI double from Chase Utley. Ryan Howard and Carlos Ruiz added RBI singles to put the Phils up 4-0.
The Nationals, as they always do, chipped away at the lead scoring one run here and one run there. It was those two runs that they carried into the ninth inning before erupting for six in the final frame to leave the Phillies walking off the field, heads dragging.
The Nats however, lead by wonder boy, face of the franchise Ryan Zimmerman celebrated at home plate after Zimm laser showed a Ryan Madson offering into the left field seats. It was Zimmerman’s second career walk off grand slam and the eighth time he has had a walk off home run which leads the Majors since 2005.
If you can’t tell from the headline, Madson took the loss tonight after surrendering six runs on five hits in the ninth inning. He gave up back to back singles to Jayson Werth and Danny Espinosa to lead off the ninth after having each hitter down 0-2 to start. An RBI single from Jonny Gomes made it 4-3.
A sacrifice from Wilson Ramos moved the runners up and a free pass to Jesus Flores loaded the bases. Two batters later, after another RBI single by Ian Desmond tied it at four, Zimmerman took a full count, two outs, bases loaded pitch and sent it packing. Advantage Nats 8-4.
Bad loss for the boys tonight. It looks like Roy Oswalt will get the start tomorrow after the rain messed up his routine.
Still in first, but a little shaky lately.