What a heartbreaker last night as the Phillies lost to the Cardinals 2-1 in 10 innings. The Phillies were finally on the unfortunate side of a dramatic finish. Brett Myers got tagged for his seventh loss on a walk-off single by Yadier Molina. Jamie Moyer pitched well on the road for the first time in almost two months, but his effort was squandered as the bats could not get it going against Cardinals starter Adam Wainwright. Of course the Mets, Padres, Braves and Rockies all won, so after an exciting first half of the week the Phils are now 2.5 games out of a playoff spot.
The club travels to DC for another crucial September series with the Nationals. It’s fall in the nation’s capital, so be sure to pack your cozy Howard-Utley ’08 hoodie. The Phillies cannot afford to let last night’s loss slow their momentum. I expect one of the new Phillies to play a role in this four-game series. Last time the Phils were in Washington, newcomer Russell Branyan was the hero. Chris Roberson or Pete Laforest both have that potential to come up big in a pinch-hit situation. Another newcomer in the form of Kyle Lohse will take to the hill tonight. He is 0-1 this year against the Nationals in two starts. The Phillies did end up winning his last start in DC though, thanks to that Russell Branyan homer.