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The Phillies took Strasburg deep twice, it just wasn't enough.

There is indeed something special about these Washington Nationals. They remind me a lot of the Phillies when they finally gave into the call for the youngsters.  The Phillies fought back all night but ultimately fell short 4-3 in the 11th inning.

Strasburg’ed – Hunter Pence homered off Stephen Strasburg in the fourth inning to give the Phillies a 2-0 lead.  It was the first home run given up by Strasburg since August 2010.  Carlos Ruiz, who has been on an absolute tear, also took the righty deep in the fifth inning.  Ruiz’s fifth home run of the year gave the Phillies a 3-1 lead.

KKKyle Kendrick, making another start in place of injured Cliff Lee, pitched very efficiently for five innings of work.  He allowed only one run on seven hits and struck out two.  The radar gun had him topping our at 94 tonight.  But then again it says Nats reliever Henry Rodriguez was hitting triple digits, so who knows.

Bully-pen – By no means do I think managing a baseball team is easy, especially when the big guy Charlie Manuel gets tossed in the first, but it boggles my mind that Jonathan Papelbon wasn’t brought in for six outs to close this game out.

Small Ball No More – The Phillies tried reliving their glory days tonight by relying on the long ball.  As you can see, it did not work.  Two of their six hits left the yard but only accounted for three runs.  On a positive noted, Ruiz has 13 hits in his last six ball games.  He is now hitting over .330 for the season.

Trading Places – The Phillies and Nationals have swapped roles thus far in the season with Washington sitting atop the NL East and the Phils bringing up the rear just surviving enough to stay ahead of the LOLMets.

Take Back the Park – Philly fans will be able to invade the Nation’s capital for two more days.  Hopefully the Phillies can win out before heading back to Philadelphia.



  1. Jeff

    May 4, 2012 at 11:53 pm

    Nats suck. We won 4 3.

  2. sakkirook

    May 5, 2012 at 12:18 am

    I assume the Phillies played the game under protest. I never would have thought that the lack of Cowboy Joe would cheapen the quality of umpiring!

  3. Eric

    May 5, 2012 at 1:23 am

    Was at the game. Frustrating but still a a fun game. The stadium was majority Phils fans. Loved it.

  4. Betasigmadeltashag

    May 5, 2012 at 3:18 am

    I get that Pap will not pitch 2 innings but was KK over 90 pitches why no pitch the 6th not like he going to start again and really there was no one else to pitch Swimmer for 3 innings when he barely got out of the two he pitched terrible umpiring yes balls and strikes where different from batter to batter Stausburg got 2 inches off the plate KK did not get a corner and depending on the count. And can somebody tell the young pitchers to throw strikes. Why not Badtardo for another inning he didnt throw a ton of pitches just on frustrating game and one more thing even though he was safe no way Vic should even running

  5. Lefty

    May 5, 2012 at 7:14 am

    Keep your mind boggling Kieran. They will never use the 50 Milion dollar man in a high leverage situation, nor will they ever use him for more than four outs. More likely never more than three. They’d rather have Ross Geller pitching to Bryce Harper in high leverage situations.

    • LouA

      May 5, 2012 at 2:59 pm

      Well then it looks like they won’t be using Papelbon at all if they wait for just 4 outs. Hi profile, big bux’s and nothing to show for it yet. As for the umping they are a total disgrace to baseball and it shouldn’t be allowed especially the way things are today. No consistency to say the least.
      It seems to me like RA messed up the chem. of this team totally.

      so long Phil’s

      • xxLouA

        May 5, 2012 at 3:06 pm

        last signed by LouA should be xxLouA sorry about that

  6. Lefty

    May 5, 2012 at 7:20 am

    The Nats fans are the worst, they peeve me. They only drew 22,000 for Bryce Harper’s debut, they can’t out draw the Philllies fans at their own park without spending millions on a “take back the park” advertising promotional campaign and spreading “Natittude Park” Banners everywhere to cover up “Nationals Park”. And they still can’t keep us out. What a terrible fan base, completely undeserving of good baseball. The only time they go over 30,000 is if the Phillies , Yankees, or Boston are in town.

  7. shawnmac

    May 5, 2012 at 8:25 am

    Please release Schwimer NOW. He failed miserably last year and he continues to fail again.

    • Ryne Duren

      May 5, 2012 at 9:42 am

      i don’t think schimmer pitched that bad! he was up to close to 60 pitches! my god what were the coaches thinking? we got at least 3 bad calls. the check swing, the ball over the bag by chooch called fowl, and the non tag on vic at third. the harper so called check didn’t hurt but the other two cost us the 4th run, which ultimately cost us the game! no wonder the nats were so happy at the end of the game. they knew they lost but in their eyes fate won it for them. to me that’s more scary because now in their minds they have the mojo. but their ace went agaist our 6th best starter and we should have won so take solice in that my freind.

      • Ryne Duren

        May 5, 2012 at 9:44 am

        oh by the way i was screaming for him to be sent down also while the game was on lol ! it’s only this morning that i thought about the other stuff. i was fit to be tied with the bad ump situation.

  8. Jeff Dowder

    May 5, 2012 at 9:53 am

    Kendick allowing nine baserunners over five innings doesn’t fit my definition of pitching “very efficiently”. He did manage to keep any damage to a minimum.

    The Phillies have now lost six straight games to the Nationals.

    • Lefty

      May 5, 2012 at 9:56 am

      Agreed. Also, of the Nationals 17 wins this saeson-16 are by one run. Their luck is due to turn.

      • 1st_in_War

        May 5, 2012 at 11:25 am

        Actually Lefty, of the Nats’ 17 wins, only 9 were by 1 run. And of their 9 losses, 5 were by 1 run. That means that the proportion of 1-run losses to overall losses (5/9) is greater (though just barely) than the proportion of 1-run wins to overall wins (9/17). Don’t hold your breath waiting for that “luck” to run out.

      • Lefty

        May 5, 2012 at 12:36 pm

        I was just going on what the Nationals announcers said last night. Can’t get the Philadelphia feed here near Baltimore. I like your handle, I remember the old saying from when I was a kid- First in War, First in Peace, last in the American League.

      • 1st_in_War

        May 5, 2012 at 12:48 pm

        Not surprised they said that. MASN is a pretty amateurish production that we have to stomach night-in, night-out.
        I like the handle, too, but more for it’s updated saying: First in the National League East.

        Best of luck today. Here’s hoping for a memorable season series (and finally a competitive one).

      • Lefty

        May 5, 2012 at 3:23 pm

        I’ll drink to a competitive season series. Looks like you got this one today, 16 more to go.

  9. TheDipsy

    May 5, 2012 at 10:12 am

    You can’t expect Schwimer to succeed in that situation. He throws pretty fast but his ball lacks movement and his breaking stuff very often doesn’t really break. Harper should have bashed that “cut fastball” (that was actually a hanging breaking ball) out of the ball bark last night. His stuff isn’t that good so he nibbles. And then walks guys. And then stuff happens to him like it did last night.

    The Dipsy

  10. Jeff Dowder

    May 5, 2012 at 10:54 am

    I’m not sure why Schwimer is getting all the heat here. Isn’t it actually Chad Qualls who blew the game? The Phillies really need a dependable setup guy. Qualls isn’t the answer.

  11. sakkirook

    May 6, 2012 at 1:12 am

    Why did the Phillies not play under protest?? The lack of competent umpiring — in spite of Cowboy Joe’s absence — crap crap crap

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