Phillies 6, Nationals 5
And that's how you close a ballgame. Ryan Madson earned his 6th save of the season tonight, as the Phils hung on to beat the Nationals, 6-5. The game ended on a picture-perfect line drive double play, giving the new closer (?) his second save in as many nights.
While not as dominant as he was in his first starts as a Phillie, Cliff Lee pitched a good game, lasting into the 8th inning and allowing four earned runs. He's now 6-2 with the Phillies.
The offense continues to come around. Jayson Werth and Raul Ibañez went a combined 4 for 9 with 3 RBI and 3 runs scored. A Pedro Feliz solo home run in the 8th inning provided a key insurance run. On 9/9/09, the magic number drops to 19.
Crowded Bench: The Phils recalled Sergio Escalona and purchased the contract of Andy Tracy prior to the game, bringing the active roster to 32 players. To make room on the 40-man roster, pitcher Rodrigo Lopez was released. Rodrigo was the odd man out when Pedro Martinez joined the starting rotation. In 7 games with the Phils, he went 3-1 with a 5.70 ERA. Andy Tracy will be card #57 in the 2009 Chachi set.