Win, But Lose
Monday night was one of those strange situations. The Phillies won the game but lost their reigning title as NL East Champions. On the other hand, the Nationals lost the game but won the NL East when the Braves bowed in Pittsburgh.
Guess it was payback for the Nationals. Of the Phillies five NL East clinching games, three were against the Nationals. Got to give Davey Johnson and his team credit. They took over the division lead early and didn’t fade. Just puzzling that Monday night wasn’t a sellout. Had the Phillies been battling for the east, Phillies fans would have easily made it a sellout.
KK, hit hard by Washington last week (five runs, two innings), was brilliant, seven shutout innings. Twice with a runner on third and two out, he got a strike out. He’s solidified a spot in the rotation next year.
Then, the young arms in the bullpen closed out the Phillies 11th shutout, nine coming on the road. The experience DeFratus, Horst, Rosenberg and Aumont picked up this year bodes well for the future.
The offense scored on Ruf’s two-run triple in the second inning and then was shut down. The last 13 batters went down in a row, eight by strikeouts.
So, the Phillies run of five straight postseason appearances has come to an end. Everything has an end. It isn’t easy to win five times in a row. Five is impressive but pales in comparison to the Braves’ 14 straight. That, my friends, may never happen again.
While the Phillies won’t be playing October baseball, there are plenty of postseason moments that will appear on www.phillies.com/alumni.
Plus, Alumni recall their fondest postseason memories.
October 2 2008 NLDS #2 at Citizens Bank Park: Shane Victorino hits a grand slam home run off CC Sabathia to cap a five-run second inning that lifts the Phillies to a 5-2 win and 2-0 lead over the Brewers.
2011 NLDS #2 at Citizens Bank Park: Phillies grab a 4-0 lead after two innings but the Cardinals come back against Cliff Lee to win, 5-4, and even the series at 1-1.