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Phillies End Season at .500 With 5-1 Loss to Nationals

Phillies SP Cliff Lee in his final start of 2012. (Photo by Greg Fiume/Getty Images)

Nationals 5, Phillies 1
WP – Edwin Jackson (10-11, 4.03)
LP – Cliff Lee (6-9, 3.16)
SV – Michael Gonzalez (1)

WASHINGTON — The Phillies 2012 season ended in fitting fashion: in Washington to the NL East champs with a loss.

Cliff Lee went six innings, allowing three runs on eight hits and seven strikeouts. Lee finished the season 6-9 with a 3.16 ERA, 207 strikeouts and 28 walks in 211 innings.

Lee had a surprisingly history season, becoming the first ever pitcher to win less than eight games with a sub-3.20 ERA and over 200 strike outs.

Darin Ruf once again drove in the Phillies’ only run of the game. His sacrifice fly in the 4th inning gave him his eighth RBI in the last four games against Washington, providing 100% of the offense in each of those games.

The Phillies only lead disappeared in the bottom of the 4th. Lee gave up a lead-off homer to Ryan Zimmerman and back-to-back double to lead off the inning, giving Washington a 2-1 lead.

The Nats scored one more off Lee in the 6th with Tyler Moore’s solo shot.

2B: Schierholtz 2 (8), Ruiz (32), Frandsen (10).

Boxscore.

Ruf’s First Major League Homer Sparks Phillies Win Over Nationals

Phillies rookier LF Darin Ruf hits his first Major League home run off Washington starter Ross Detwiler in the 2nd inning. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)

Phillies 6, Nationals 3
WP – Cole Hamels (16-6, 3-11)
LP – Ross Detwiler (10-7, 3.28)
SV – Jonathan Papelbon (37)

PHILADELPHIA — Seeing his name penciled into the starting line up for the first time as a Major Leaguer had to have felt good for Darin Ruf.

Blasting a solo homer in the 2nd inning for his first career hit in the Majors had to have felt even better.

Ruf hit the first of three Phillies home runs – the shot coming off of Nationals starter Ross Detwiler –  in their 6-3 win over the Nationals, backing Cole Hamels on a night he didn’t have his best stuff.

After a pair of pinch-hit at-bats, Ruf finally made his first start in left field. He finished the game going 2-for-3 with a homer and a single.

 

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Five Teams to Watch In the Second Half

The second half is underway and there are a handful of teams looking to get back to the post season, some waiting longer than others.

The National League features a pair of teams who find themselves shockingly in first place. Meanwhile, the American League has an early three-team race for the Wild Card with one newcomer in the second half post season race.

Here are a list of five teams to watch heading into the second half of the season.

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Game 29: Don’t Get Swept

Phils SP Cole Hamels (Photo by Daniel Shirey/Getty Images)

It’s on the mind of the Phillies.

Don’t get swept.

The message is plain and simple, but it carries a much greater meaning than just not getting swept.

The Phillies are on the verge of getting swept by the Washington Nationals on national TV tonight (ESPN, 8 PM) and sit 6.5 games out of first place while resting in the bottom of the NL East standings.

But more importantly, they are trying to prevent a role reversal. For five years it’s been Philadelphia at the top of the standings while the Nationals sat at the bottom. With a five-year NL East title run on the line, the Phillies don’t want that role reversal to come into effect so soon.

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The Perfect Season: Lidge will always be defined by 2008

Brad Lidge, who like Tugger, will be remembered for his iconic celebration to close the final game of only the 2nd championship in 130 years of Phillies baseball. (mlb.com/Mary Schwalm)

The phrase “what have you done for me lately” has become somewhat of an anthem for Philadelphia fans.

And rightfully so it may seem, the sense of nostalgia and gratitude come to mind when referencing some of Philadelphia’s most notable athletes.

A little over three years ago, though recent, hardly counts under “lately” but in the case of Brad Lidge, it doesn’t really matter.

What Lidge did during the 2008 season, especially in the closing month of October, will always define his four-year tenure in Philadelphia, regardless how the final three years here played out.

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The Hangover 3: Zimmerman’s PH wins it for Nats

Phils RF Hunter Pence makes a diving catch in the 4th inning. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)

Your 2011 NL East Phillies are 0-3 when playing meaningless baseball.

Ryan Zimmerman’s pinch-hit single in the top of the 10th drove in the winning run on Michael Stutes to give the Nationals a 4-3 lead and win.

The result took away from an impressive start from Kyle Kendrick, who may just take Vance Worley’s spot in the rotation if they move Worley to the bull pen to prepare him for the post season.

Kendrick pitched six shut out innings, allowing only four hits while striking out four. His outing was matched by Nats starter Tom Milone, who also pitched six scoreless innings with four hits and two strike outs.

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Lidge plunks Gomes with bases loaded; Phils lose

Rookie reliever Michael Schwimer pitches in his major league debut. He allowed a run on two hits and struck out four in three innings. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)(AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

It was a slider that just wouldn’t break.

Brad Lidge came inside on Jonny Gomes with the slider but the breaking ball hung, hitting Gomes. The only problem with that was the fact it was the bottom of the 10th and the bases were loaded. Ryan Zimmerman, Friday night’s hero with a walk-off grand slam, trotted home as the game’s winning run.

You can say the Phillies were cursed with the two most dramatic evils in getting walked-off. On one side, Ryan Madson gave up six runs in the 9th inning, capped by a grand slam by Zimmerman in the Nats 8-4 win Friday. Then there was Brad Lidge, greeted again with the bases loaded and losing the game for the Phils in the most anti-climactic way: a walk-off hit batter to lost 5-4.

The last time that’s happened for the Phils? Try 1998 when Mark Leiter hit Richard Hidalgo of the Houston Astros.

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Roy-Freshing: Oswalt K’s season-high 9 in win

Phils starter Roy Oswalt struck out a season-high nine in eight shut out innings of work against the Nationals. The Phils won, 5-0. (Photo by Greg Fiume/Getty Images)

Ryan Zimmerman punched the Phillies’ gut with a walk-off grand slam Friday night, but in typical Phillies fashion, they bounced back and took down the Nationals on, what I guess you could call ‘the road.’

It took until the fourth inning for a team to tally a run tonight’s game at Nationals Park, when Wilson Valdez sliced a two-run triple to right field, scoring John Mayberry Jr. and Carlos Ruiz. The scoring on that play was a bit favorable to Valdez, being that Jayson Werth played a game of hop scotch out in the right-outfield corner, allowing Valdez to score.

The Phillies tacked on three more runs en route to a 5-0 victory.

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Kendrick pitches well on surprise start

Kyle Kendrick gave the Phils 6 good innings in a surprise start. He got a no-decision in the Phils 8-4 loss. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)

Ryan Zimmerman knew he was going to get a strike.

With the bases loaded and the count full, the only pitch Ryan Madson could throw Zimmerman was a fastball in the zone. And Zimmerman smoked it for a walk-off grand slam to complete the come back win off Madson.

The Phillies and Madson don’t blow many saves. But tonight was an exception for the right-hander, who blew his second save of the season..

Ryan Madson blew a 9th inning save with a two-run lead and the Phils lost, 8-4, in the series opener against Washington.

Jayson Werth got the inning going with a lead-off single. Two more hits after that led to a 4-3 game. Madson intentionally walked the bases loaded to face Ian Desmond, who drove in the game-tying run on a bloop single. That set up Zimmerman’s blast two batters later.

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Breaking down the Werth slump

Nats RF and former Phillies Jayson Werth doubles against the Mets on April 28. (Greg Fiume/Getty Images)

It’s been a rough start of the season for Jayson Werth so far.

His team is awful, he’s stuck being the only true star on a lowly team and he hasn’t exactly shot out of the starting gate. Werth is hitting .233 with four homers and seven RBIs.

After the failed experiment of having him bat second, Washington bumped him into the third spot, an important spot in the line up. He had driven only one run prior to the switch but is still not driving in runs at the pace Washington wanted him to.

Two key components are the reason for this, putting the blame evenly on himself and the rest of the team.

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