Nationals 10, Phillies 2
Game 55 - Tuesday Night, May 31st in Washington
One Sentence Summary: The Phillies were blown out for the first time this season, losing to the Nationals, 10-2.
What It Means: Some days you get the bear and some days the bear gets you. The Phils fell to 34-21 and they have a 2 1/2 game lead over the Marlins as I'm writing this.
What Went Wrong: Cliff Lee (4-5) didn't have it tonight. Lee allowed six runs on seven hits in 5 1/3 innings. Doing the most damage was Nationals second baseman Danny Espinosa who hit a three-run home run off Lee in the third and added a solo home run off Lee in sixth.
What Went Right: Domonic Brown (1) and John Mayberry, Jr. (3) hit back-to-back home runs in the fifth inning.
Featured Card: If you were listening to the radio broadcast tonight, Phillies announcers Scott Franzke and Larry Andersen started to get punchy after the Nationals threw up a three-spot in the seventh to put the game pretty much out of reach. Franzke reported that at least the Double-A Reading Phillies had won their game, with the newly re-acquired Les Walrond recording a hold. Walrond, who most recently pitched with the Lancaster Barnstormers of the independent Atlantic League, was brought back into the organization over the weekend.
Walrond appeared in six games with the Phillies in 2008, the year the team won its last World Championship. In fact, Walrond was the winning pitcher in the team's 162nd and final regular season game that year. About the only amusing part of tonight's game was listening to Franzke and L.A. try to recollect Walrond's tenure with the team and discussing the starting line-up in Game 162 from 2008.
This is Walrond's 2008 Chachi card, which has got to be his only Phillies card in existence. (Even though it's a home-made, virtual card, named in honor of my dog.)
Transaction: The Phillies recalled lefty reliever Mike Zagurski to take Vance Worley's spot on the roster. Worley was optioned back to Lehigh Valley yesterday.