Sixth Straight Loss Ends Phillies Regular Season at Home

Posted by Pat Gallen, Thu, September 22, 2011 10:39 PM | Comments: 12
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“We’ll be alright,” said Charlie Manuel with a laugh. If only the entire fan base believed that wholeheartedly, there would be a lot less concern.

For those hoping the Phillies would wrap up their home schedule with a bang instead were sent home with barely with a whimper. Fan Appreciation Night turned to Fan Depreciation Night after another halfhearted effort sent the Phillies 6-1 loss to the Washington Nationals. For the first time since June 2009, the Phillies have lost six consecutive games.

Roy Oswalt was solid for seven innings, but unraveled in the eighth, giving up four runs with two outs. In 7 2/3 innings, Oswalt gave up seven hits while walking two and striking out four. With a popping fastball and a slick array of off-speed pitches, Oswalt looked like the man of old; the guy the Phillies got before the back injury this season sapped his velocity and caused him to miss extended time. Early on, Oswalt’s fastball was full of life, topping out at 94. In his final inning, the gun still read 94, even hitting 95 on the stadium radar. “Probably the best I felt all year,” said the Phillies fourth ace.

He lost control in the eighth, allowing a single, double, and walk, before serving up a three-run gopher ball to Michael Morse to put Washington up 6-0.

Oswalt opined that had one or two plays gone differently, he could have gone eight innings and given up no runs. He didn’t sound like a happy camper post game, struggling to find the words to describe what unfolded behind him. Then again, how could you be when your offense supplies you with two hits.

Their only real shot of life came in the sixth inning with the bases loaded on three walks in the inning. They came up empty as Raul Ibanez flied out to center field to end the threat. In the ninth, with two outs and the game already over, John Mayberry Jr. doubled down the left field line (he’s a beast) and then scored on a Carlos Ruiz single. Far too little, far too late.

The top of the order again struggled mightily. Jimmy Rollins, Shane Victorino, and Chase Utley finished a combined 0-for-10 on Thursday night, and an awful 0-for-37 in the series. Lord.

But Charlie says they’ll be OK, and at this point you have to pray he’s right. Because nothing is OK right now, except for the fact that they’ve clinched everything there is to clinch. Perhaps a stint away from home will get the competitive juices flowing again.

Nats rookie Brad Peacock flapped his wings and tossed 5 2/3 innings, allowing just one hit.

A bit of good news from an otherwise bad night; Joe Savery pitched a 1-2-3 ninth inning in the first full frame of his major league career.

The full compliment of players should be returning soon. Manuel said that Hunter Pence would be back in the lineup on Friday in New York against the Mets and that Ryan Howard would join him on Saturday. Howard will likely play every other game until the end of the season on Wednesday, according to the skipper. So, for a few games, we’ll get to see the playoff lineup in tact.


the turnstiles got quite a workout this year at Citizens Bank Park. With 45,064 more people filling the park on Thursday, 3,680,718 fans paid for baseball this year in South Philly, a new franchise high. Be proud, Nation. You did a hell of a job.

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  • Posts: 0 LOL

    Know who brad peacock is now? He was awarded minor league pitcher of the year, do some research. and RUH ROH PHILLIES the tides seem to be turning in the NL East. You just got shutout by 3 minor league pitchers in a row who were called up within the past couple weeks. Prequel for next year….but as for now, good luck sleepwalking through the playoffs. cant beat the nationals!

    • Posts: 576 Brian Sr. of CO

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      Know who the Philadelphia Phillies are now? FIVE TIME NO EAST CHAMPS with the BEST RECORD IN THE NATIONAL LEAGUE. Oh no,your right. The Nationals just beat the 5 time NL East Division Champs full of minor leaguers. Wierd, but there is a reason those player are playing in these games for the Phillies. The games mean nothing MORON. Not a single thing. #1 seed in the NL. LOL. Thanks for proving how stupid you are. I suggest YOU “do some research”. However you brought up an outstanding question. As the Phillies are “sleepwalking THROUGH the PLAYOFFS”, where will the Nationals be this postseason? LOL

      • Posts: 576 Brian Sr. of CO

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        LOL. Oops. That should be “FIVE TIME NL EAST CHAMPS”. My bad.

      • Posts: 0 LOL

        your post oozes with idiocy. the blogger said he had never heard of peacock and i was responding to that post. also, i was saying that the last 3 nats pitchers who have shut out the phillies in peacock detwiler and milone have all been in the minor leagues all year. you only have one or 2 minor leaguers playing for you, while most of our pitching staff, our first baseman, one of our infielders, and one of our outfielders are all minor league callups. most of the guys on the nats are age 25 or younger, and have little major league experience, and you still couldn’t beat them. you have lost 8 out of the last 10 to the nationals and with your full lineup cant hit triple A pitching. Continue to cling to the past, it’s all you’ve got for a while

      • Posts: 576 Brian Sr. of CO

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        ROFL. Idiocy at its finest. YOU.

        “cling to the past”? CURRENT NL East Division Champs with STILL the best record in baseball.

        Game 2 – Minor leaguers/Bench for Nats. Marrero and Ramos. ALL trying to earn a spot to be called up.

        For the Phillies – Ben Francisco (he is so bad, he would even be playing for the Marlins) and John Mayberry Jr. Rest of the team playing for NOTHING. LOL.

        Game 3 – First. News flash. Milone did not get the win. The Nats started that game with 3 NL/Bench players, ended with 1. The Phillies started with 6 SIX, that is DOUBLE the number for those who can’t count) Minor Leaguers/Bench players. Ended with 7. LOL. And yet the Nationals BARELY held on.

        Game 4 – Nationals 2 including the pitcher. – Phillies 3 position players. It was also “idiocy” though for Cholly to let Oswalt stay out there as long as he did. LOL.

        That was fun. Try again. “you only have one or 2 minor leaguers playing for you, while most of our pitching staff, our first baseman, one of our infielders, and one of our outfielders are all minor league callups.” LMFAO. Not quite.

        Even look at Game 3. Bottom 9, 1 out, man on 1st and second. Who was up to bat? Moss (HORRIBLE) and Ben Fran (HORRIBLE.)

        Up in the bottom of the 10th for the Phillies. Kratz, Orr, Scheider, Utley and Gload. All ML/Bench players except Utley (IBB). LOL.

        Try research and facts. They go along way. Too funny.

  • Posts: 0 David

    I don’t really understand using Bowker or having him on the postseason roster. He is 0-11 with six strikeouts. He didn’t distinguish himself in right field either tonight. He has been given the opportunity to make the team and he hasn’t taken advantage of it.

    • Posts: 0 KAREN


  • Posts: 0 mitjan

    You’re welcome for the Fan Depreciation idea. I will say that if the Phils fhlop in the playoffs, it will be a worse collapse than the ’64 season.

  • Posts: 0 bacardipr05

    Why on Gods Green Earth did Manuel keep Oswalt in their that long….Sorry not a good decision….bordering on…well just leave at that…

  • Posts: 0 BART SHART

    Beware of the Curse of 1964 and the ghost of Gene Mauch. Keeping Oswalt in that long was indeed a bad decision. The Phils can snap this by winning two from the Mets.

  • Posts: 2993 Chuck A.

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    If the Phillies still had some kind of “curse” on them then 1980 never would have happened and neither would 2008. In Boston the The Curse of the Bambino is dead. Extinguished.
    Can we all please just stop it with this nonsensical talk??!!

    When you consistently don’t have your “A” lineup out there and have nothing to play for…..are resting guys, etc….. this is normal. Sure it’s frustrating to watch. But it’s gonna be ok.

    The Phillies will start to turn it on this weekend and build some momentum going into the playoffs. It’s actually a perfect scenario…. clinch early, rest take it easy for a little ….and then set up your lineup and rotation for the big show.

    I would hate to be Milwaukee, Arizona or St. Louis having to come in here and face Halladay and Lee right off the bat….followed by Hamels, who is very good on the road.

  • Posts: 576 Brian Sr. of CO

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    Seriously people, can we just chill? Do you know how much these games mean for the Phillies? They mean as much for the Phillies as they do for the Astros, Nats, Mets. NOTHING. I would even bet that they might mean more to those mediocre/bad teams as they do for the Phillies because they would love the opportunity to beat the best team in the National League. I was debating even logging on because I knew this would all be doom and gloom, and sure enough, we are talking about a “curse” again. As for the other teams, I agree with Chuck, I would hate to be those other teams, as they are all still trying to lock up the division (maybe Brewers locked up theirs last night with the Cards loss) and they are all playing about as well as the Phillies are. POORLY. The difference? The Phillies have home field locked up throughout, and the other teams don’t have anything locked up. The Cards loss last night in the 9th to the Mets may have hurt if not killed the Cards chance of over taking the Bravos.

    Phillies Nation Staff, if I may make a suggestion. Maybe its time to put a poll out. “Which would you much rather be a fan of right now…

    A. Phillies
    B. Brewers
    C. Diamonbacks
    D. Braves

    To me, the obvious answer is Phillies. Besides the fact that this is Phillies Nation, get real. All 4 of those teams are playing poorly right now, except the Phillies are not playing for ANYTHING.

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