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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).

Boxscore.

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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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Phils skid reaches six games

2011 has been a season of making history for the Phils.

But tonight marked a rare type of history. Their 6-1 loss marked the first time since the 104 New York Giants that a team won 98+ games in a season and suffered a six-game losing streak. Ironically, those Giants suffered their skid after the 98th win as well.

Roy Oswalt was incredible through his first 7 2/3 innings of work but his final line doesn’t tell the story. He gave up a two-out RBI double before Michael Morse’s three-run homer to give the Nats a 6-0 lead, ending Oswalt’s night.

The Phils managed only four hits all game, three from Carlos Ruiz, who had the lone RBI in the 9th to score the Phils only other hit, John Mayberry.

This is the first time since July 2010 the Phils were swept in a three or four-game series. They travel to New York to face the Mets tomorrow and hopefully end this slide.

2B: Mayberry (17).

WP: Peacock (2-0). LP: Oswalt (8-10).

Whacky 3rd dooms Lannan, Nats

Phils slugger Ryan Howard is locked in as he crushed a two-run opposite field homer off John Lannan in the 1st. He had four RBIs in the game, increasing his MLB leading total to 95. (Photo by Hunter Martin/Getty Images)

The last time John Lannan faced the Phillies, he finally snapped a 13-game winless spell against Philadelphia with his first winning decision on June 1.

But things were back to normal tonight as Lanna, 1-10 in his career against the Phils, struggled again. Lannan’s night was highlighted by a miserable 3rd inning as the Phils beat Washington, 11-3.

The 3rd started off with Shane Victorino reaching on a throwing error by short stop Ian Desmond. After a Chase Utley single, Ryan Howard drove in Victorino to make it a 3-2 game. Hunter Pence was walked and the bases remained loaded for Raul Ibanez.

Ibanez hit a hard shot to first baseman Michael Morse, who snagged the ball with his backhand and flipping to Lannan for the only possible out at first. Utley scored on the play and the Phils went up 4-2. Lannan intentionally walked Carlos Ruiz to load the bases for Wilson Valdez.

This is where the inning got a little interesting.

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Series Preview: vs Washington Nationals

PHI: 77-40, 1st in NL East; WAS: 56-61, 4th in NL East

When: August 12-14
Where: Citizens Bank Park (Philly, PA)

Probable Pitchers
Friday: Cole Hamels (13-6, 2.53) vs Livan Hernandez (6-11, 4.41)
Saturday: Roy Oswalt (4-7, 3.84) vs John Lannan (8-7, 3.56)
Sunday: Roy Halladay (15-4, 2.51) vs TBA

Broadcast Info
Friday, 7:05, CSN
Saturday, 7:05, CSN
Sunday, 1:35, PHL 17
All Games on 1210 AM

Player to Watch – Mike Morse: Morse had shown some promise last season for the Nationals, hitting .289 with 15 homers and 41 RBIs in 98 games. He proved this year that last season’s production wasn’t a fluke with his remarkable break-out season. Morse is hitting .319 with 20 homers and 68 RBIs. He’s provided Washington with a spark that newly acquired Jayson Werth did not supply the 4th place Nationals.

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For What It’s Werth

If you were on Twitter around 4:30 and follow the same people I do, you would notice a lot of sad tweets about this game. But, only 15 minutes later were there tweets of “WEEEEEERRRRTTTTTHH,” which I found amusing.

Jayson Werth hit a two-run walk-off homer to cap a four-run ninth inning as the Phillies won 7-6 and extended their winning streak to seven. The homer capped a 3-for-5, three RBI game for Werth.

The Phils held a 3-1 lead through five innings but starter Joe Blanton surrendered a three-run homer to Mike Morse to make it a 4-3 game in favor of the Nats. They added a run in the sixth and seventh to make it a 6-3 game and discourage the Twitter world.

But Placido Polanco led-off the ninth with a single. Chase Utley followed up with a double to put runners on second and third. Still without an out recorded, Ryan Howard hit a two-run single to make it a 6-5 game.

Then Werth stepped up to the plate. With a runner on first, he worked a full count and sent Drew Storen’s eighth pitch in the at-bat into the centerfield stands to win the game for the Phils.

Blanton was good until the sixth, allowing four runs on seven hits and a walk while striking out eight in six innings. Vance Worley pitched the final inning, getting credited with his first Major League win.

Polanco had two hits and scored twice, Utley went 3-for-5 with a double, Ibanez had a pair of hits, and Brian Schneider doubled in his three-hit game.

The Phils start up a huge three-game series at home against the Braves. They have their big three going up against three of Atlanta’s weakest pitchers.

I’ll be there on Monday in the press box for the Gloucester County Times. I’ll be tweeting all day with updates and what not.

2B: Schneider (4), Utley (19). HR: Werth (24).

WP: Worley (1-1). LP: Storen (3-4).

Boxscore.

Lidge Blows the Comeback

Phillies fans thought they had it bad in 1993 with closer Mitch Williams.  Brad Lidge is taking the term “wild” to a whole different level.  Once again Lidge had a rocky ninth inning and couldn’t shut the door.  Lidge spoiled the Phillies comeback by allowing a three-run walkoff home run to Ryan Zimmerman.

The Phillies fell behind early courtesy of three first-inning runs given up by starter Joe Blanton.  As seems to always be the case, Blanton settled down through the middle innings before allowing a sacrifice fly to Ian Desmond.  Blanton didn’t have his best outing but certainly wasn’t the reason that the Phillies lost.  He pitched six innings giving up four runs on nine hits with one walk and eight strikeouts.

Carlos Ruiz led the charge with three hits on the evening including a solo home run.  Additionally he knocked in the go-ahead run in the ninth inning.  Raul Ibanez continued his incredible hot streak with a two-run home run in the seventh inning.  Jimmy Rollins and Jayson Werth each added two hits as well.

The ninth inning can never be easy with Brad Lidge on the mound.  He allowed the lead-off batter Michael Morse to walk and Nyjer Morgan sacrificed him over to second base.  Lidge preceded to walk Adam Kennedy.  Consequently Ryan Zimmerman deposited a mammoth three-run home run to dead center field to send Lidge home with a blown save.

Something has got to give.  Charlie Manuel once again stood by his closer and reaffirmed to everyone that Lidge is his guy.  Well I just don’t think that Lidge can be the guy anymore.  The Phillies have given Lidge every possible chance to remain as the closer.  I respect everything that he has done for the organization.  His perfect season in 2008 resulted in one of the greatest moments in Philadelphia sports history.  Everyone should be grateful to him for such a great accomplishment.  But Lidge just doesn’t seem to have what it takes to finish games anymore.

One thing that sticks out is his command – it just isn’t there anymore.  In addition, he cannot be counted on in the postseason.  No one will have confidence in sending Lidge out there to protect a one run lead against some of the top teams in baseball.  It’s not fair to the Phillies organization and it’s not fair to the fans.  Other options need to be exhausted.  Thanks for the pleasant memories Brad Lidge, but you’re just not the guy anymore.

HR: Ibanez (10), Ruiz (3)

WP: Storen (3-2). LP: Lidge (1-1).

Boxscore

-C.B.