Nationals 8, Phillies 4
Game 123 - Friday Night, August 19th in Washington
One Sentence Summary: Ryan Madson imploded in spectacular fashion, allowing six runs (including a grand slam) as the Nationals walked off with the 8-4 victory.
What It Means: As I catch up from a weekend away, I'm going to keep these posts short and sweet. Nothing to see here, please move along. The Phillies were 80-43 after this game.
What Went Wrong: The Phillies scored four times in the third, aided by an RBI-triple from John Mayberry, Jr. and an RBI-double from Chase Utley, and then they stopped scoring.
Following a two hour and twenty-two minute rain delay in the top of the first, Kyle Kendrick came in and pitched six strong innings, allowing just two runs while striking out four. Madson (3-2) entered the ninth holding on to a 4-2 lead and then things went horribly wrong. The Nationals managed to tie things up at 4-4 before Ryan Zimmerman ended it with the slam.
Featured Card: Baseball Almanac has a cool page featuring players who have hit "super" walk-off grand slams. A "super" grand slam occurs when a player from the home team wins the ballgame on a walk-off grand slam when his team is down by three runs at the time of the slam. (Zimmerman's unfortunate slam does not qualify.) Two Phillies are on the list - Tony Taylor who accomplished the feat on August 2, 1970, and Bo Diaz, who did it on April 13, 1983, with two outs.