Ryan Madson blows the save as he gives up a walk-off grand-slam home run to Ryan Zimmerman, as the Phils lose to the Nats, 8-4.
The Phils, after suffering through another long rain delay, took the lead in the third as, with one man on, and with one man out, John Mayberry, Jr. hits an RBI triple, knocking in Jimmy Rollins, who had earlier doubled, giving the Phils a 1-0 lead. The Phils then took a 2-0 lead as Chase Utley knocked in Mayberry with an RBI double. The Phils then made it a 3-0 lead as Ryan Howard followed Utley with an RBI single, scoring Utley. Three batters later, after Hunter Pence had hit a single, moving Howard up to second base, and then a force out on a grounder hit by Raul Ibanez, that sent Howard to third base, while wiping out Pence at second base, the Phils took a 4-0 lead as Carlos Ruiz hits an RBI single, scoring Howard, while sending Ibanez up to second base. The Nats got a run back in their half of the third as, with one man on, and with two men out, Ian Desmond hits an RBI double, scoring Wilson Ramos, who had earlier singled, then moved up to second base on Livan Hernandez’s sacrifice bunt, cutting the Phils’ lead down to 4-1. The Nats cut the Phils’ lead down to 4-2 in the fifth as, with one man out, Ramos hits a solo home run, his tenth home run of the year. The Nats then erupted in the ninth as, with two men on, via singles by Jayson Werth and Danny Espinosa, with Werth stopping at second base on Espinosa’s single, and with nobody out, Jonny Gomes hits an RBI single, scoring Werth, making it a 4-3 Phils’ lead, while sending Espinosa up to second base. Three batters later, after Ramos’ sacrifice bunt, 1-2-4, moved both runners up a base, and then an intentional walk to pinch hitter Jesus Flores loaded up the bases, Desmond tied the game up at four-all as he hits an RBI single, scoring Espinosa, while sending Gomes up to third base, and Flores up to second base, reloading the bases. After striking out Rick Ankiel for the inning’s second out, Madson tried to get out Ryan Zimmerman, to send the game into extra-innings. Instead, Zimmerman, with the count full, hits a grand-slam home run, his ninth home run of the year, knocking in Gomes, Flores and Desmond, giving the Nats an 8-4 walk-off win.
Kyle Kendrick, who was suppose to be starting tonight’s game, but was made the Phils’ starter because of concerns about Roy Oswalt and his back, because of the long rain delay, got a no-decision as he went six innings, giving up two runs on five hits and a walk, while he struck out four. Brad Lidge recorded his third hold of the year as he pitched a 1-2-3 inning, striking out a batter. Antonio Bastardo collected his fourteenth hold of the season as he also pitched a 1-2-3 inning, striking out one. Ryan Madson received his second blown save of the season, before he took the lost (3-2, 3.25), as he pitched only two-thirds of an inning, giving up six runs on five hits and a walk, striking out a batter. Livan Hernandez also received a no-decision, as he went four innings, giving up four runs on seven hits and two walks. Tom Gorzelanny and Sean Burnett combined for four scoreless innings, giving up a hit (Gorzelanny) and a walk (Burnett), while striking out four (two batters each) between them. Todd Coffey (4-1, 4.13) got the win as he pitched a 1-2-3 inning.
The Phils had eight hits in the game, with Carlos Ruiz leading the team with two hits, a single and a double, knocking in a run. Jimmy Rollins (Double), John Mayberry, Jr. (Triple, RBI), Chase Utley (Double, RBI), Ryan Howard (Single, RBI), Hunter Pence (Single) and Wilson Valdez (Single), had the other six Phils’ hits.
The Phils (80-43, 1st) will continue their series with the Nats (60-63, 4th) with a night game later tonight. The game will be played at Nationals Park and will start at 7:05 pm EDT. The Phils will send to the mound Roy Oswalt (5-7, 3.84), who was oiginally to be last night’s starter, before the long rain delay, who is coming off a win against the Nats on August 13, as he went seven innings, giving up three runs on six hits and a walk, while striking out five, in the Phils’ 11-3 win. He will be out for his second straight win since coming off the DL, and to even up the series for the Phils. The Nats will try to counter with John Lannan (8-8, 3.55), who is coming off a lost against the Phils on August 13, as he went only three innings, giving up seven runs, only one of which was earned, on four hits and five walks, as he struck out just one batter, in the Nats’ 11-3 lost. He will be trying to give the Nats the series win. The Phils will be out to get payback for last night’s lost.