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Phillies Drop Final Home Game of Season to Nats

Nationals 7, Phillies 3
WP – Gio Gonzalez (21-8, 2.89)
LP – Tyler Cloyd (2-2, 4.91)

PHILADELPHIA — The Phillies fell to Washington in their final home game of the season, a season that they will soon long to forget.

In his last start of the season, Tyler Cloyd was less-than-impressive again and the Nationals capitalized in their 7-3 win over Philadelphia.

Cloyd was shelled for six runs in five innings of work. He will head into the off season as a candidate for the rotation next season, but his unimpressive stint with the Phillies will certainly be on the minds of the coaching staff.

The Phillies led 3-1 after a 1st-inning three-run double by Darin Ruff.

The Nationals chipped away at the lead. They got a solo homer from Michael Morse in the 2nd inning to make it 3-2 and an RBI ground out by Morse tied the game up in the 4th.

Washington took the lead in the 5th and didn’t look back on Bryce Harper’s RBI single.

2B: Ruf (1).



Phillies Can’t Climb Out of Early Hole; Drop to Nationals

Nationals 8, Phillies 4
WP – John Lannan (4-0, 4.23)
LP – Kyle Kendrick (10-12, 4.08)

PHILADELPHIA — Three home runs and five runs was just big enough of a lead for Washington to hold off the Phillies.

Tapping Kyle Kendrick early, the Nationals were able to beat Philadelphia, 8-4. Kendrick was done after two innings, allowing five runs, four earned, on five hits and two walks with one strike out.

The Phillies bullpen shut the Nationals down for six innings until a few insurance runs in the 9th inning cut short a comeback attempt by the Phillies..

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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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Natitude: Lee Earns First Win At Home; Phils Sweep

Phillies 4, Nationals 1
WP – Cliff Lee (3-7, 3.67)
LP – Jordan Zimmerman (9-8, 2.63)
SV – Josh Lindblom (1)

PHILADELPHIA — It took until August 26 for Cliff Lee to earn a winning decision at Citizens Bank Park this season.

For only his third win on the year, Lee shut down the Nationals and the Phillies earned a series sweep with their 4-1 victory Sunday afternoon. It was his first win at home since September 5 of last season.

It was a 0-0 tie heading into the 5th inning and the Phillies quickly erased that.

Lee hit a shot over the head of center fielder Bryce Harper’s head to score the first run of the game. Jimmy Rollins followed up with a two-run homer to right to give Philadelphia a 3-0 lead, resulting in Zimmerman’s day to end after the inning.

Lee went seven innings, allowing a run on seven hits while striking out five.

Josh Lindblom recorded the five out save for his first Major League save. The Phillies didn’t want to use Jonathan Papelbon, who pitched in three straight games and four of the last five games.

Rollins and Laynce Nix homered in the win. Nix’s solo shot in the 6th inning made it a 4-0 game and it was his first homer off a left-handed pitcher since 2004.

2B: Lee (2). HR: Rollins (15), Nix (3).


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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Kickin’ It Old School: Hamels Shuts Out Nats

Phillies SP Cole Hamels pitched eight scoreless innings to improve to 7-1 on the season. (AP Photo/H. Rumph Jr)

Phillies 4, Nationals 0
WP – Cole Hamels (7-1, 2.17)
LP – Edwin Jackson (1-2, 3.38)

PHILADELPHIA — The only Phillies pitcher that can seem to beat Washington this season is Cole Hamels.

Enjoying a career season in which Hamels is looking to get paid, he shut down the Nationals for the second time this young season. He pitched eight scoreless, shutting down the Nationals in a 4-1 win to prevent a sweep and snap a four-game losing streak.

The left-hander shook off the Bryce Harper rematch billing that was created all week when he got the rookie to fly out for the game’s first out. He then proceeded to no-hit the Nationals all the way until the 6th inning.

Danny Espinosa broke up the no-no bid with his one-out double in the 6th. He was then gunned out at the plate by Hunter Pence on the very next at-bat, a single by Harper.

Hamels allowed only two more hits after that, pitching eight scoreless and striking out eight while walking three. It was a brilliant outing by a pitcher who’s mental toughness was questioned by the Nationals GM, Mike Rizzo, two weeks ago.

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Game 45: Round Two

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PHILADELPHIA — The Philadelphia Phillies once again find themselves on the brink of being swept at the hands of the Washington Nationals.

And once again, Cole Hamels will take the mound in the third game hoping to prevent that sweep and provide a much-needed spark for the team. Hopefully this time he won’t need to do it like he did last time.

This will be the first time Hamels will face the Nationals since confessing to hitting the 19-year-old rookie phenom Bryce Harper in the back intentionally to send a message. What will be interesting is how both teams handle the tension between the two parties throughout the game.

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Series Preview: vs Washington Nationals

PHI: 21-21, 5th in NL East; WAS: 24-17, 2nd in NL East

When: May 21-23
Where: Citizens Bank Park (Philadelphia, PA)

Probable Pitchers
Monday: Kyle Kendrick (0-3, 5.96) vs Gio Gonzalez (5-1, 2.22)
Tuesday: Roy Halladay (4-3, 3.22) vs Jordan Zimmerman (2-4, 2.58)
Wednesday: Cole Hamels (6-1, 2.48) vs Edwin Jackson (1-1, 3.31)

Broadcast Info
Monday, 7:05, CSN
Tuesday, 7:05, CSN
Wednesday, 7:05, CSN
All Games on 94.1 FM

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Hamels suspended five games

According to Phillies beat writer Matt Gelb, Cole Hamels has been suspended five games for admitting to plunking Bryce Harper during Sunday night’s game 9-3 win.

Hamels will begin serving the suspension tonight which means he won’t miss any starts.

It is unknown when Hamels will make his next start. It could be Sunday with Roy Halladay starting tonight and Saturday.

More to come…

Nats GM Rips Hamels For Hitting Harper Intentionally

Nationals LF Bryce Harper was hit by a pitch last night, in which Cole Hamels said was intentional. (AP Photo/Richard Lipski)

On late Sunday night in D.C., a rivalry was born.

Nationals G.M. Mike Rizzo, all fun-loving with the “Natitude” slogan and the “Take Back the Park” campaign, just went Gizmo on the Phillies.

Last night, Cole Hamels fed the Nats G.M. after midnight and he turned ugly in an interview with the Washington Post. (WARNING: If you haven’t seen Gremlins then the joke just went way over your head.)

“Cole Hamels says he’s old school? He’s the polar opposite of old school,” Rizzo said. “He’s fake tough. He thinks he’s going it intimidate us after hitting our 19-year rookie eight games into the big leagues? He doesn’t know who he’ dealing with.”

During the 1st inning of Sunday’s 9-3 win over the Nats in which Hamels dominated through eight innings, he hit 19-year-old Nationals rookie phenom Bryce Harper in the back with a fastball.

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