Philadelphia Phillies (81-79) at Washington Nationals (96-64)
BJ Rosenberg (1-2, 6.86) vs. Tom Gorzelanny (4-2, 2.90)
The Washington Nationals clinched the National League East in an interesting fashion. The Phillies did all they could by beating the Nationals, but the Braves lost, giving the Nationals the division. With last night’s win, the Phillies are guaranteed a .500 record, but it would be nice to win the next 2 games and finish over the .500 mark.
Tonight is going to be a bullpen game, as the Phillies will start B.J Rosenberg. Expect to see a lot of minor league call-ups, on both sides.
It’s basically a meaningless game, but there is only two games left for the Phillies. Enjoy Phillies October baseball while you can take it.
Your gameday beer: Sam Adams Octoberfest
Not only is it now October, but today, as it happens, is the 34th anniversary of the Bucky Dent home run. So in honor of a time when we felt bad for Red Sox fans, let’s throw back a seasonal Sam Adams offering. A couple interesting notes about that game: Dent only hit 40 regular-season home runs in his 12-year career, including the three-run jack off Mike Torrez in that one-game playoff. Torrez, for his part, is most famous for 1) giving up Dent’s homer, and 2) beaning Dickie Thon in 1984. However, he was the first of only four starting pitchers in the division play era to be traded and win a World Series game in the same season. The last two men to do it? Joe Blanton in 2008 and Cliff Lee in 2009. -by Michael