I sound like a broken record but Mother Nature is no friend of the Phillies. As she decided to dump more rain on them AGAIN, putting them in ANOTHER rain delay. Talk about getting old.
When the delay happened, the Phillies were up 3-2 in the top of the sixth, thanks to a 2-run homer from Carlos Ruiz in the second and a solo shot from Chase Utley in the third. The game was official and if the rain kept the game from finishing, the Phillies would get the win and that was that. If the rain stopped, that meant the game would resume but the starters would be kaput.
Unfortunately for the Phillies, the rain stopped and Roy Halladay‘s day was done. So that meant Charlie Manuel had to use the bullpen, opting to go with the guy the Phillies just brought up from Triple-A, Michael Schwimer. Making his major league debut, Schwimer received a welcome he won’t soon forget, it came in the form of a Danny Espinosa home run. Which also tied the game.
In the top of the ninth the Phillies regained the lead courtesy of Michael Martinez‘s RBI-single. Up 4-3 heading into the bottom, Antonio Bastardo took over for Schwimer and what did Bastardo do????? He too gave up a game tying homerun, this time to Ian Desmond. Forcing the game into extra innings.
In the tenth, the Phillies neglected to score and it was Brad Lidge‘s turn to try and keep the game going. Yeah well Lidge pulled a Ryan Madson and blew it.
After giving up a double to Ryan Zimmerman, he intentionally walked Michael Morse. And shades of Friday night’s debacle started to loom large. That’s when Mr. ‘$126 million dollar man’ Jayson Werth stepped up to the plate, a guy who had struck out three times prior to that fifth at-bat, picked the right time to single, which also loaded the bases.
Surprisingly Espinosa struck out swinging, so there was one tiny glimmer of hope, but that was shot to hell when Lidge beaned Jonny Gomes and Zimmerman scored the winning run by strolling to the plate. No replay needed or DVR rewind, I saw it happen right before my eyes and it wasn’t pretty!
Final score was a 5-4 Nationals victory and they won the series as well. No that’s not a typo…sadly!
Complete Box Score Phillies/Nationals – 8/21/11 Game
Jimmy Rollins left the game in the third inning, with a strained right. He is currently listed as day-to-day.
Michael Schwimer & backpack - Photo credit: Steve Trapani
The newest rookie on the team is Michael Schwimer and that means he gets the esteem honor of carrying a pink Hello Kitty back pack along with a pink boa during pre-game warmups. The former carrier, Michael Stutes gladly passed it over to the 6-foot 8-inch Schwimer who simply joked that he would have to lengthen the straps.
Side Note: I was originally going to title this Are You Kidding Me…The Sequel but my 11-year old son begged me to call it Part 2 instead. So this one is for you Matt!
Photo courtesy of Steve Trapani – Flickr Follow him on twitter: @Trap_33