All season long, the Phillies bullpen had three blown saves. In dropping two of three in DC this weekend, the pen added three more blown saves. The series loss on the road was the first for the Phillies since June 17-19 in Seattle.
Thanks to Phillies fans, Nationals Park was transformed into Citizens Bank Park south this weekend but the Nationals won two games in walk-off fashion giving them 19 for the season.
Phillies lone win was an impressive outing by Roy-O on Saturday, the team’s ninth shutout on the road.
For the last six games, the Phillies went 3-3. In all three losses, they had the lead in the ninth inning. Guess that’s baseball.
During the last week, the Phillies also had three rain delays, a total of 5 hours and 50 minutes of sitting around. That messed up the pitching staff. Again, that’s baseball.
Following Sunday’s loss, an Amtrak charter train brought the Phillies back home. Six games this week, three each with the Mets and Marlins, start on Monday night. Phillies are 31-19 against the NL East.
RH reliever Michael Schwimer, a native of Alexandria, VA, made his debut in front of family and friends (65 tickets) and came away with mixed reviews. The second pitch he threw was a home run which tied the game. Then, he was one pitch away from his first win but Bastardo gave up a game-tying solo homer in the last of the ninth, the first blown save for the lefty.
Schwimer worked 3 innings, allowed that one run, while striking out four. His longest outing at Lehigh Valley was 3.1 innings at Scranton back on May 17.
Schwimer is the third player selected by the Phillies in the 2008 draft on the staff. He was a 14th round selection; Vance Worley, third round and Michael Stutes, 11th round. Good scouting.
Eye in the Sky
The broadcast booths at Nationals Park are located at the top of the stadium behind home plate. Scott Franzke and Larry Andersen often comment about the difficulty in broadcasting from such a high perch. They also had a couple of good lines this weekend:
**On Saturday, a helicopter was approaching Nationals Park and Scott reported, “we’re having a fly under.”
**During Sunday’s thunderstorms, LA reported, “the lightning is below us.”
Down On The Farm
Lehigh Valley lost two of three this weekend but remained in a tie for first; no decision on Sunday for RHS David Bush, 2 runs, 5 innings; LF Domonic Brown is in a 5-41 spin . . . Reading is in 2nd place, 4 games behind following a 3-game sweep of Altoona; 3B Carlos Rivero had a 17-game hitting streak end on Saturday and hit his third homer of the week on Sunday (15 for season) . . . Clearwater won two of three in Lakeland; Threshers are in third place, 3.5 games out of first . . . Lakewood was 1-1 plus a Sunday postponement against Greensboro; BlueClaws are in 4th, four out . . . Williamsport’s four-game winning streak ended Sunday; Crosscutters are in second place, 1.5 games out . . . Two more weeks of the regular season remain for these 5 clubs . . . Gulf Coast League Phillies’ season ends on Saturday; they are in 5th place, 11 out.