Phillies 10, Nationals 4
Game 109 - Thursday Night, July 31st in Washington
Record - 48-61, 5th Place, 11 1/2 games behind the Nationals
Another Why Even Bother Post-Vacation Massive Catch-Up, Part 6 of 8
One Sentence Summary: The Phils thumped the Nationals, 10-4, but this day will be remembered as the day Ruben Amaro, Jr. failed to make any trades and former ace Cliff Lee threw his last pitch of the 2014 season.
What It Means: Bugger it all.
What Happened: I left the beach around 2 on this afternoon in order to fully focus on hitting refresh on Twitter and MLB Trade Rumors. There was a false report with about an hour left to the 4 P.M. deadline that Marlon Byrd had been dealt to the Yankees. And then the deadline passed. And the Phillies hadn't traded one player. And I wished I hadn't left the beach.
In the game, Grady Sizemore paced the offense with three RBIs. The offense pounded out 17 hits, led by Ben Revere's four and three hits a piece from Sizemore and Jimmy Rollins.
Featured Card: Lee's 31st pitch in the second inning was likely his last of the year. He threw the pitch, winced a little, pointed to his elbow and walked off the field. It was one of the most depressing moments of a completely depressing season.
Transaction: Lee was placed on the disabled list following the game and reliever Cesar Jimenez was recalled from the IronPigs.