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Worley Pounded as Nationals Beat Phillies Again

       
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Phillies rookie Vance Worley had a rare rough outing giving up 4 runs on six hits, 2 of them homers, and walking 3 in six innings of work to lose his 1st game against the Washington Nationals.  The Phils’ season-worst losing string hit 5 on Wednesday.   Lefthander John Lannan won only his 2nd career game vs the Phillies as the Nationals scored 2 runs in the second inning, on catcher Wilson Ramos’ 2 out homer and 2 more in the sixth on 2nd baseman Danny Espinoza’s 1 out shot.   The Phils tied the game in their second inning on RBI singles by rightfielder Ben Francisco and Worley, but after the Nationals went ahead in the sixth, they scored 3 more in the eighth and the Phils couldn’t catch up.   The Phils had 10 hits off of Lannan and 4 Nationals relievers and had bases loaded with 1 out after the 2 second inning runs scored but came up empty.   They had 2 men on with 2 out in third as well but again came up with nothing as offense continued to be flat in the clutch.  Nationals’ lefthanded reliever Atahualpa Severino pitched 1/3 inning in the eighth giving up a 2 run shot to subbing 1st baseman John Mayberry Jr. after issuing a leadoff walk to 2nd baseman Chase Utley, but it was too litttle, too late.  Relievers Justin De Fratus and Antonio Bastardo gave up 3 runs in the Nationals eighth as Worley was pounded and the Nationals beat the Phillies again, by 7-5 to win their 3rd game of the 4 game series.

The Atlanta Braves saw their NL Wild Card lead shrink to 1 1/2 games after being shut out by the Florida Marlins while the St. Louis Cardinals edged the Mets.   The Braves have 6 games left to play while the Cardinals have 7.

The Phils season-ending offensive drought and losing string can be summed up in one word — EMBARRASSING, for a team about which many felt 105 wins was a lock.   Mayberry Jr. and Ben Francisco were the ONLY bright spots in the Phils offense, each getting 3 hits with Mayberry Jr. scoring 3 runs and driving in 2 with his homer, and Francisco singling in a run.

The AP recap of Wednesday’s game for Yahoo sports notes:

The Phillies scored only three runs in the doubleheader defeat and have been shut out twice over the five-game losing streak. They’ve scored three runs or less 12 times in the last 14 games.

That kind of anemic run support will shift even more pressure to produce on the Lee-Halladay-Hamels-Oswalt postseason rotation. Even the so-called “Four Aces” need more than a run or two each start if the Phillies are going to win the World Series for the first time since 2008.

Philadelphia’s top four hitters— Jimmy Rollins, Shane Victorino, Placido Polanco, and Chase Utley—went 0 for 16.

“I’m concerned about it,” Manuel said. “At the same time, I’ve seen them hit. I think they’ll hit.”

And just as concerning as the offensive drought itself, if not more so; check out the Manuel quote above; ” I think they’ll hit.”   That doesn’t necessary evoke either player or fan confidence.

For all of Wednesday’s scores and recaps, click here.

In Thursday’s final, the Phillies look to show signs of offensive life for Roy Oswalt, as they hope to avoid the embarrassment of a season’s final stretch sweep by the Nationals on Fan Appreciation Day.   Oswalt is opposed by rookie Brad Peacock who won his only MLB start, going five scoreless innings as part of a Nationals 2-0 shutout of the Mets on September 14th.    On Friday, the Phils go on the road to play their final six games of the regular season; 3 games against the Mets and before finishing the regular season with 3 inconsequential games with the Atlanta Braves.

For all of Thursday’s scheduled games throughout MLB, click here.

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One Response to “Worley Pounded as Nationals Beat Phillies Again”

  1. » Nationals Pound Oswalt in Eighth Inning, Sweep Phillies | Blogging-Baseball.com Says:

    […] And I’ve got one huge question for Charlie Manuel, symptomatic of the Phils offensive woes;  What’s John Bowker doing pinch hitting in clutch situations, or starting in the outfield, or at 1st base, let alone on the Phillies roster?   He’s bleepin’ awful, the pits, not exactly Del Unser.  You have Domonic Brown on the bench, Chollie??  What goes?   He hasn’t had a hit in 11 at bats since joining the team.  And some of those at bats have been with runners on.  Heaven help us if Chollie puts him on the post-season roster.   Suffice to say that unless Manuel shakes and rallies the offensive troops NOW, it’s liable to be one-and-done and quickly in the NLDS, despite a starting pitching staff full of aces.   Charlie, it’s not enough for you to “think that they’ll hit.”  Not much more can be said. […]

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