Wednesday, September 29, 2010

1993 Score #224 Brad Brink

Nationals 2, Phillies 1
Game 158 - Tuesday Night, September 28th in Washington

For the first time since Spring Training, the Phillies played a meaningless baseball game last night, losing to the woeful Nationals, 2-1.  Having clinched the division and home field advantage throughout the NLDS and NLCS, these remaining 2010 regular season games will serve as nothing more than warm-ups for the Postseason.

Roy Oswalt was pulled after five innings and just 66 pitches after allowing a run on two hits.  The bullpen managed to shut down the Nationals until the 9th, when Jose Contreras served up a walk-off home run to Adam Dunn.  The Phils scored their run in the 4th on Raul Ibañez' solo home run - his 16th of the season.

Whatever It Takes, Dude:  The Phillies actually had several regulars in the line-up last night, which was a little surprising to me given how much (I think) the regulars need rest prior to starting the Postseason.  After having clinched the division back in 1993, manager Jim Fregosi trotted out this line-up for the so-called "hangover game" on September 29th:  Ruben Amaro, Jr. (cf), Mickey Morandini (2b), Tony Longmire (lf), Ricky Jordan (1b), Jim Eisenreich (rf), Todd Pratt (c), Kim Batiste (ss), Jeff Manto (3b), Kevin Foster (p).  They were trounced, 9-1, by the Pirates that day with the late Kevin Foster taking the brunt of the damage allowing eight runs in his four innings of work.  Brad Brink pitched the final four innings of the game, in true mop-up fashion.

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