The Phillies lost just the second of their last 17 series, dropping two of three on the road against the Washington Nationals. Both losses for the Phillies were walkoffs for the Nationals, highlighted by a Ryan Zimmerman walkoff grand slam against Phillies’ closer Ryan Madson two days ago.
In today’s game, ace Roy Halladay pitched five innings, striking out five and allowing two runs, before a rain delay stopped play for 71 minutes. He was unable to continue pitching after the rain delay resumed.
At the time of the rain delay, the Phillies led 3-2 behind a two-run homer by Carlos Ruiz and a solo homer by Chase Utley.
Reliever Michael Schwimer (who stands 6’8) made his major league debut in the sixth, pitching three innings, striking out four, and surrendering just a single run. The run came on a home run on his second pitch at the big league level.
Michael Martinez gave the Phillies a 4-3 lead in the top of the ninth on an RBI single. But in the bottom of the ninth, Antonio Bastardo surrendered a two-out, two-strike solo homer to tie the game at 4.
Brad Lidge pitched the tenth and allowed a double to Ryan Zimmerman before intentionally walking Michael Morse and surrendering a single to Jayson Werth to load the bases with no outs. He struck out Danny Espinosa but Johnny Gomes was hit in the left elbow to end the game.
The Phillies failed in their opportunity to become the first major league team to clinch a winning season. Their 81 wins are still the most in baseball, and they remained 6.5 games ahead of the wild-card leading Atlanta Braves.