It’s the Presidents Race at the Nationals Park
In a long baseball season (with another 1:11 rain delay today) there will be games you win and games you lose but on Sunday afternoon in Washington DC, the Phillies ended up losing a heartbreaker to the Washington Nationals. The Phillies were down to one strike before they would have won the game on a high breaking ball that was the deposited into the left field stands by Ian Desmond in the bottom of the ninth off of the usually dependable Antonio Bastardo.
Bastardo just one strike away from sealing victory
Bastardo looked like he was going to strike out the side in the bottom of the 9th inning. Antonio brought his 5-0 record with 8 saves and 1.32 ERA into the game and the Phillies fans were on their feet and cheering him on when the Nationals’ Ian Desmond swung and swatted the high breaking ball out of the park. The fans feel silent like the air had been let out of a giant balloon. Michael Schwimer, who would have got his first win of his pro career watched the scene from the dugout, he couldn’t do anything but wonder, “what if.”
Lidge loses game in 10th behind hitting Jonny Gomes to force home winning run
The game was not truly lost after Antonio Bastardo had his blown save, Brad Lidge would also get the loss. Interestingly, Michael Schwimer also had a blown save so the Phillies piled up 2 blown saves by three different pitchers before Lidge would hit Jonny Gomes to end the game with a ‘walk off’ hit by pitch. That is fairly rare, and doesn’t happen often. In fact, Gomes didn’t make any move to get out of the way of the pitch, he just stood there and let the ball hit him. The ball sailed into the batter’s box so, the game was over just like that.
The Nationals announcer gloated that the Nats were able to get two games from the Phillies in ‘walk off’ style which was especially sweet after the park as he said was ‘infested’ with Phillies fans. Yes, Phillies fans that made the trip down I-95 and bolstered the attendance of the lowly Nationals. You have to take some tough losses along with the wins though, and those fans from the two games that ended in tough losses probably understand how cruel baseball can seem at times a bit better now. It doesn’t always work out as it seems like it will in this game.
Important plays of the game
- Carlos Ruiz hits a home run (5) that tied the game 2-2 in the 2nd
- Chase Utley hit a home run (9) in the 3rd inning to give the Phils 3-2 lead
- Jimmy Rollins pulls a muscle in the 3rd inning, listed as: day to day
The Phillies take on the New York Mets for three games at home in Philly, an off day on Thursday, and then the Marlins come to town for 3 games over the weekend.