Game 9 - Thursday Afternoon, April 15th in Philadelphia
The Phillies were on their way to a 3-game sweep of the Nationals, but 6 unanswered runs surrendered by the bullpen ended the team's win streak at 5. Danys Baez and Ryan Madson were the main culprits, allowing 5 runs on 4 hits and 3 walks in the 8th and 9th innings.
J.A. Happ battled through his 5+ innings of work this afternoon, earning a no decision. Interim shortstop Juan Castro went 3 for 4, knocking in a pair with a single in the 6th. Chase Utley and Shane Victorino added solo home runs for the Phils in the losing effort.
Ring Ceremony: Not to knock this afternoon's ring ceremony, but there was clearly more excitement surrounding the ring ceremony this time last year. Last year of course, the Phillies were receiving their World Champions rings and this year they had to settle for the silver medal of rings for being the 2009 National League Champs. Of the departed members of the 2009 team, only relief pitcher Tyler Walker made it to the ceremony - mostly because he was seated in the visiting Washington Nationals' dugout.
Whatever It Takes, Dude: By failing to win this afternoon, the Phillies did not match the 8-1 record set by their 1993 counterparts to start the '93 campaign. On April 14, 1993, the Phils defeated the Reds by a score of 9-2, led by the offense of Pete Incaviglia (2 for 4, 3 RBIs) and the pitching of Ben Rivera (6 innings pitched, 7 strikeouts) to start the season 8-1. The 1993 Phillies would go on to win the National League pennant.