Monday, August 12, 2013

1999 Victory #301 Chad Ogea

Nationals 6, Phillies 0
Game 117 - Sunday Afternoon, August 11th in Washington
Record - 52-65, 4th Place, 19 1/2 games behind the Braves

One Sentence Summary:  The Phillies dropped their 11th road loss in a row, going down with nary a whimper in a 6-0 defeat.

What It Means:  Each loss at this point sinks the Phillies into a new season low, and has this Phillies fan daydreaming about offseason moves and pitchers and catchers reporting to Clearwater in February.

What Went Wrong:  Stephen Strasburg pitched a complete game shutout while Jayson Werth continued to punish his former team with three hits.  I'm not sure the Phillies actually showed up for this game.

Featured Card:  The last time the Phillies lost their 11th road game in a row was back on September 20, 1999, when they lost 13-2 in Houston.  Joe Grahe started that game for the Phils and lasted three innings.  He'd be followed by Cliff Politte, Chad Ogea, Steve Schrenk and Steve Montgomery out of the bullpen.

That '99 squad, which by all accounts wasn't that great, finished with a record of 77-85.  In order for the '13 Phillies to match that record, they'll need to go 25-20.  And that's a depressing thought.

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