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Phillies Win Their One Hundredth Game of the Season in 4-2 Win Over Atlanta

Posted by Danielle Wilson    

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Courtesy of SI.com

The final series of the 2011 regular season went underway tonight in Atlanta. The Braves are fighting for a spot in the postseason along with the Cardinals in the Wild Card. They would have to fight pretty damn hard to edge this Philadelphia team, though.

The Braves would hop on to an early lead in the second inning; Chipper Jones homered off of starter Cliff Lee, then Alex Gonzalez doubled to score Matt Diaz.

In the top of the fourth, Placido Polanco singled up the middle with the bases loaded to score Hunter Pence. The next inning, Jimmy Rollins shot a solo home run to right field to tie the ballgame.

Following Shane Victorino's 16th triple of the season, Raul Ibanez swung at the first pitch he saw from Cristhian Martinez and singled to right field to score Shane and take a 3-2 lead in the sixth inning.

Cliff Lee's outing was complete after six. He allowed two runs to score on five hits, walking none and striking out six. Joe Savery needed two pitches to get the first out in the seventh, and Michael Stutes finished off the rest of the inning, striking out Alex Gonzalez to end it.

Raul Ibanez came through with an insurance RBI in the top of the eighth, smacking a single up the middle to score Victorino. 4-2 Phillies. Brad Lidge pitched a scoreless inning, getting Chipper Jones to ground into a double play to end the eighth.

Ryan Madson allowed a lead off double in the bottom of the ninth, but would keep that runner at second base as he retired the side, pitching a scoreless inning.

100 wins. Continued success.

Tomorrow night, Roy Oswalt will take the hill against Derek Lowe who is 1-3 with a 4.13 ERA against the Phils this season.


Losing Streak May Have Been No Fun, but Things are Only Gonna get Funner

Posted by Kevin Durso

Philadelphia Phillies starting pitcher Roy Halladay adjusts his hat after walking St. Louis Cardinals' Nick Punto in the third inning of a baseball game, Monday, Sept. 19, 2011, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)

Roy Halladay took a loss during the Phillies' eight-game losing streak. (Courtesy of SI.com)

This might sound impossible, but calm down, people. Yes, the Phillies just snapped an eight-game losing streak, their longest since 2000. Yes, if not for a win today, they would have lost nine straight, most since an 11-game losing skid in 1998. Yes, this is not the ideal way to go into the playoffs. But it’s not everything, and it’s not the end. Not yet anyway.

The Phillies might be on their worst stretch of the season, but taking a closer look, more of these games have hidden meanings in them. Did anyone actually look at the specifics of each loss – the reasons behind why the Phillies dropped them – or did you just chalk it up with the rest? Here’s a quick look at each loss, and a main source to the loss.

Sept. 18 vs. STL – A day after clinching the NL East, we can easily just call this a “hangover” game. Cole Hamels was the main problem, as he allowed four runs and got the Phillies in an early hole. But the Phillies had offensive chances, and lost them with unlucky hits, like the three double plays in the early innings that killed any rally chance.

Sept. 19 vs. STL – Roy Halladay also had some trouble early, but two runs should never be too much to comeback from. Additionally, the Phillies rallied for one run in the second, before giving it right back. The Phillies’ offense primarily lost this one, as they did manage 10 hits, but far too many of them came way too late.

Sept. 20 vs. WSH (Part 1) – The most blame from Game 1’s loss could go to Charlie Manuel, who chose to go to his bullpen after six shutout innings from Kyle Kendrick in a scoreless game. That move didn’t completely cost him, as the Nats’ three-run shot in the seventh was answered by the Phils, but the bullpen’s overuse was showing, and Mike Stutes went on to suffer the loss.

Sept. 20 vs. WSH (Part 2) – This one is pretty simple. The magic number is three. Why? The Phillies managed just three hits, the Nationals’ three runs were plenty, and the Phillies also had a night to forget in the field, committing three errors.

Sept. 21 vs. WSH – Vance Worley was cruising right through his first few innings after a minor hiccup in the second. The Phillies even managed some runs, giving them their first lead in the series. Worley couldn’t get around Danny Espinosa in the sixth, but the Phillies were only down one, and had put together some late chances in their previous losses. The pitching carousel in the Nationals’ three-run eighth – featuring Justin De Fratus and Antonio Bastardo – was the main reason for this one. The Phillies went on to score two runs in their half of the eighth, and make a charge in that inning, but the damage had been done on this night by the Nationals’ eighth inning flurry.

Sept. 22 vs. WSH – Roy Oswalt didn’t make one mistake in his first seven innings, yet he had allowed two runs. The Phillies’ defensive mishaps continued, and led to two runs. The Phillies had just two hits through the first eight innings – both by Carlos Ruiz – then left Oswalt in with two outs after giving up a two-out RBI double that nearly left the yard. One batter after Charlie Manuel visited with Oswalt on the mound, Mike Morse did leave the yard, and that sealed the deal for the Phillies. Ruiz added his third hit of the night, an RBI single, in the ninth to get the Phillies a run, but that was all.

Sept. 24 at NYM (Part 1) – Again, the offense. The Phillies’ first hit came in the seventh. Their second hit produced a run, and gave them the lead. Cole Hamels was back in old form, as opposed to his Sunday start, but after six shutout innings, where he allowed just three hits, Hamels gave up a two-out solo shot to Valentino Pascucci to tie it. David Wright doubled home the go-ahead run off Brad Lidge in the eighth, and the Phillies’ five hits were clearly too few to win anything.

Sept. 24 at NYM (Part 2) – A combination of timely offense and errors led to this loss. The Phillies stormed to a 3-0 lead. Joe Blanton started and threw two shutout innings. Once he was out, the lead vanished. David Herndon came on first, and nearly saw his way out of the inning, but a two-run error charged to Hunter Pence on a dropped ball got the Mets on the board, and extended the inning. The Mets added three more in that inning, got one in the next, and never gave up anything more. Every Phillies’ chance was gone quickly, and they never had a chance once their early lead slipped away.

So, that’s how the Phillies got to where they are. The team that was 98-52 after clinching the division, 46 games above .500, and just two wins away from 100 wins and four away from a franchise record, is up to a meer 99 wins since. Before the streak started, the Phillies need to go just 2-10 in their final 12 games to win 100. They needed to go just 4-8 to set a franchise record. They had room for a slide to still dismantle the teams of the 70’s. Their freefall may keep the records safe for quite a few.

Yet, that doesn’t hold any weight in anything right now. In all honesty, the only people who care about winning 100 games, and setting a franchise record in wins, are the fans. And maybe that’s where this sense of panic stems from. This doesn’t seem to be panic in the sense of not winning the World Series, or an early playoff exits, it’s more of a sense of running out of time to reach the mark that seemed to be within reach just a week ago. So what? So, you don’t get to see the Phillies set a record. It doesn’t take away from what the players have done all season, and you’ll still remember how this team was a record 46 games above .500. But it never seems to be enough. I’ve got five reasons for each side: reasons to remain calm, and things to be concerned about.

Remain calm, fans

  1. Lineups – Hunter Pence has been a Phillie since July 31. He’s been a part of the Phillies’ regular lineup just five times, as in, he’s joined the rest of the Phils’ Opening Day starters just five times. In all of those games, the Phillies are undefeated. The Phillies have been filling in for starters all season, so you can’t expect every game to be a win.
  2. Something to play for – In clinching the division on Sept. 17, and a playoff spot on Sept. 14, the Phillies haven’t had much to play for during their losing streak. Just wait for the calendar to turn to October. That’s when this team turns things on.
  3. Pitching – The rotation has been great all season. The only thing that may be bad about this stretch is that the pitchers’ numbers have been suffering as a result. While on this stretch, you may have noticed that both Roy Halladay and Cliff Lee looked human in their two starts. That rarely happens more than once in a long stretch, so if they got it out of their system now, that’s good for the playoffs. Cole Hamels also may have had his poor start, and Roy Oswalt is showing signs of life, saying he’s felt better than ever before this season. That’s all good news for the playoffs.
  4. Winning when losing – The Phillies had won so many games in 2011 that you looked back on and realized they should have lost. It is that winning when you shouldn’t that has simply escaped the Phillies. Mistakes are easier to see when an L is placed on the calendar. If the Phillies had just a few breaks, better luck, or timelier plays, we might be talking about a handful of wins in these eight losses.
  5. Everything changes in the playoffs – The playoffs are a time when players shine, and they also forget many of their problems. They start saying all the right things, and usually they start acting on them. If the team finds losing the way they are a bit embarrassing, but aren’t panicking, then why should we?

Concern level rising

  1. Losing to below .500 teams – The way to make the Postseason in baseball is to beat the teams you’re supposed to. I’m pretty sure the Mets and Nationals fall into that category. And while the Cardinals are a strong team, the Phillies were in many of those games, and the Cardinals were one of those teams at one point this season. A little life changes a lot.
  2. Bullpen – Antonio Bastardo has lost whatever he had midway through the season. Brad Lidge can still be the Brad Lidge of 2009 at times. Mike Stutes looks like his first major league season is catching up to him. Kyle Kendrick and Vance Worley aren’t the same coming out of the bullpen. Joe Blanton is strictly a long man, not a one-inning guy. Ryan Madson might be the only safe pick right now, but these pitchers will not go eight innings every time. When the bullpen’s called, you need to trust every arm you have. The Phillies can’t really say they do right now.
  3. Slumping regulars/Injuries – Chase Utley has been watching his average drop for two weeks now. Jimmy Rollins is finally getting his timing back. Shane Victorino is working through a slump. So is Placido Polanco. Ryan Howard has bursitis, which is making it hard to run at full force. Hunter Pence has patellar tendinitis, so his running isn’t the same either. Both were having rough times at the plate before hitting the bench for a little rest. The only hope here is that the healthy players turn it up, and Howard and Pence find a way to play through the pain.
  4. Defense – The Phillies’ defense isn’t a huge problem, because every game is different, and many are rarely like some that they’ve played this week. Errors will happen, but it’s making them few and far between that really counts.
  5. Momentum – Losing eight straight games isn’t a stretch you want to see for a playoff team in the last week of the season. In most cases, momentum means absolutely nothing. But I feel that momentum is a big deal, because the more you win, the better you feel. The better you feel, the farther you go. The farther you go, the more likely you’re the one holding the Commissioner’s Trophy at season’s end.

Sunday Slumpbuster: Phillies early outburst enough to snap streak

Posted by Kevin Durso

Philadelphia Phillies' Hunter Pence, right, congratulates teammates Carlos Ruiz, center, and Ryan Madson after they defeated the New York Mets 9-4 in the baseball game at Citi Field in New York, Sunday, Sept. 25, 2011. Pence and Ruiz combined for seven of the Phillies' 19 hits and five of nine runs batted in. Madson pitched a scoreless ninth inning. (AP Photo/Henny Ray Abrams)

The Phillies snapped a season-long eight-game losing streak with a 9-4 win over the Mets. (Courtesy of SI.com)

It had been over a week since the Phillies last won, so if you were starting to forget the style of baseball that got the Phillies their fifth-straight NL East title, it was on full display on Sunday. For the first time in a week, baseball was fun in Philadelphia, and it was a welcome sign with just three games, and six days, until Postseason play begins.

The Phillies were off and running in the first, as Hunter Pence blasted a two-run shot to right-center. Raul Ibanez would add a sac fly in the inning as well.

Chase Utley singled in the second to give the Phillies their fourth run of the game, marking the third time in 16 games that they had scored more than three runs in a game.

In the third, Placido Polanco added an RBI double.

Pence was at it again in the fourth, adding an RBI single. Ryan Howard followed with an RBI single in the fourth as well. Finally, Carlos Ruiz added a two-run single to cap the four-run inning.

With Roy Halladay on the mound, the Phillies were not going to be denied their first win in a week. Halladay was only in for six innings, but he held the Mets down the whole day, allowing just four hits, one walk, and keeping the Mets off the board the whole way. He also struck out three.

The Phillies’ bullpen didn’t have the same success. Antonio Bastardo couldn’t escape the seventh, as he allowed a two-run shot to Ronny Paulino, and an RBI single to Valentino Pascucci. Vance Worley came on for Bastardo in the seventh, and finished the inning, before pitching the eighth as well. He allowed an eighth-inning run on an RBI double by Justin Turner.

Ryan Madson finished off the game in the ninth, and the Phillies snapped their season-long eight-game losing streak with a 9-4 win over the Mets.

After a week on wondering what was up with the Phillies, they quickly proved that they are still a dominant team when everything clicks. The entire lineup, from Jimmy Rollins to Roy Halladay, managed a hit, and some had more than one at the end of the day. The Phillies as a team managed 19 hits on the day. Jimmy Rollins was 3-for-4, going back-to-back days with three-hit games. Hunter Pence was 3-for-5 and drove in three runs. Carlos Ruiz stayed red hot, going 4-for-4. Ryan Howard managed two hits in his three at-bats before leaving for John Mayberry Jr. Mayberry got hits in both of his at-bats.

The pitching was good for the most part, but Antonio Bastardo still remains a concern. He allowed three runs, and that is not a good sign with the playoffs creeping closer, you have to wonder what role Bastardo will have in the playoffs.

The win finally puts the Phillies off the 98 mark, and one shy of their first 100-win season in 34 years. The franchise record, and Charlie Manuel’s record-setting 646th win, will likely not come this season, but a 100-win season would be nice, and all they need is one win over the Braves in their three-game season-ending series. Their next stop will be the 2011 Postseason.


Nicetown Boys and Girls Club Renovated with $900,000 Donation from Shane Victorino

Posted by Danielle Wilson

Image courtesy of Philly.com

Last May, the Philadelphia Phillies and the Boys and Girls Club of Nicetown announced that a generous donation had been made to the facility by Shane Victorino. It was a donation of $900,000.

The money was donated to renovate the building, which was built in 1906. The Boys and Girls Club was crumbling, and Shane Victorino stepped in with the help of his foundation and rebuilt it. Shane held multiple benefits which supported his foundation, such as the fashion show in 2010 and 2011, and book signings with author Alan Maimon, who wrote Shane's biography.

On September 22, 2011, the Boys and Girls Club of Nicetown, Pennsylvania was re-opened. Standing on Shane Victorino Way, Shane Victorino himself was in attendance to give a speech, and had his family and friends by his side. Shane, in tears, gave the most emotional speech you'll ever see. More emotional than any World Series speech.

"I don't know what's sweeter for me," said Victorino, 30, as his father handed him a tissue. He noted the team's World Series win in 2008, and possibly another in 2011. "But seeing this building - " he said, halted by emotion.

"That's all right, Shane," someone shouted.

" - To think that the kids of this community will benefit from this Boys and Girls Club means so much to me."

"I remember two years before that," he said, choked up. "I called up my dad and said, 'Dad, I think I'm done playing baseball.' But to think, a year later, I would be in the big leagues, a World Series champion - no way."

Kia Gregory from the Philadelphia Inquirer reports that Shane Victorino spoke to the crowd on a makeshift stage, wiping away his many tears.

The speech was shown on CSN Philly's Sports Nite following the end of the Phillies post-game show. I choked up a bit, I had never seen Shane so emotional and filled with joy. The video can be found here.

Victorino ended his speech with a powerful quote: "I guess anything's possible, if you set your dreams high and you reach for them. So you kids in attendance, set your dreams high and reach for them. And anything could be possible."

Shane, we couldn't ask for a more generous, kind-hearted center fielder to play for the best team in all of baseball. Keep playing the game the right way, and never change. You're a great ballplayer, and a great man. 2011 World Series, here we come.


This is Getting Pathetic

Posted by Danielle Wilson

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Courtesy of SI.com

It was the final game of the regular season at Citizens Bank Park tonight. You know what that means: Fan Appreciation Night and the first batch of rally towels. The Phillies were facing their first sweep of the season, and it would come in a four-game fashion...against the Nationals.

What the Phillies failed to mention to the fans who were appreciated is that all of this fun came with another extremely depressing loss.

The Nationals hopped on an early lead once again. In the third inning, Ian Desmond doubled to right to score Rick Ankiel. Roger Bernadina singled to right scoring Ian Desmond following the previous double. John Bowker, who started in right field tonight, collided with Chase Utley on the play.

The Phillies bats were nearly silent. The only two hits of the game prior to the eighth inning came from Carlos Ruiz and his high socks. They must've ignited a hot bat for Carlos. Brad Peacock only threw 69 pitches in six innings. He walked two, and did not allow a ball to leave the infield.

As Jim McCormick pointed out on Twitter, with Oswalt's loss tonight, this marks the first losing record that he's had in his entire career.

In the eighth inning, when Roy Oswalt's pitch count was approaching 100, Roger Bernadina doubled, again, to score Ian Desmond...again. After Roy walked Ryan Zimmerman, he waved off Charlie Manuel and remained in the game. Big mistake. Mike Morse took him yard to put the Nats up 6-0. His home run bounced into the Phillies' bullpen, hitting Mike Stutes. It was a Mike-to-Mike homer. That's when Brad Lidge came in to finish off the inning, striking out Laynce Nix.

Joe Savery came in for the ninth inning, and retired the side striking out Danny Espinosa. With two outs in the bottom of the ninth, John Mayberry hit a stand up double to left field. He was the only Phillie not named Carlos Ruiz to get a hit tonight. Carlos Ruiz went 3-3 tonight, doubling to score Mayberry in the ninth, putting the Phillies on the board. Ben Francisco would then proceed to help the Nationals with the sweep as he popped-up to end the ballgame.

The Phillies were swept for the first time since August of 2010. They'll continue to reach for win number 99 tomorrow against the Mets up in New York. Cole Hamels will take the hill against R.A. Dickey.


Freefallin' Fightins: Phillies drop fifth straight in ugly fashion again

Posted by Kevin Durso

Philadelphia Phillies' Raul Ibanez, left, reacts after striking out against Washington Nationals relief pitcher Atahualpa Severino during the eighth inning of a baseball game on Wednesday, Sept. 21, 2011, in Philadelphia. Washington won 7-5.  Nationals catcher Wilson Ramos, right, looks on. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)

Raul Ibanez after striking out in the eighth. (Courtesy of SI.com)

It took 154 games, but the Phillies have reached a new high (or low) and are on the verge of another new high, er, low. The Phillies had constantly found a way to escape losses and take the impact of a loss and reverse it. For right now, they can't seem to break any slide they are in. Another night at the Citizens Bank Park was uneventful, unmemorable, and forgettable.

The Nationals opened the scoring in the second, as Wilson Ramos hit a two-run shot.

The Phillies came right back in the second. A pair of singles gave the Phillies a chance. Ben Francisco singled to score one run. Vance Worley would add an RBI single to tie it.

In the third, Raul Ibanez connected on an RBI single to give the Phillies the lead.

The Phillies would hold that lead behind Worley for most of the night. In the sixth, Danny Espinosa belted a two-run shot to give the Nationals the lead.

Worley finished after six, allowing four runs on six hits, walking three, and striking out six. Joe Blanton would pitch a scoreless seventh.

The Phillies went to the eighth with Justin De Fratus on the mound. He allowed a walk and hit a batter before giving way to Antonio Bastardo. Bastardo allowed a run on a bunt attempt, throwing the ball away for an error. Two runs would score in the seventh, one on the error, and another on a single by Ramos.

John Mayberry Jr. trimmed that lead to two, blasting a deep two-run shot to left in the eighth.

That would be all from both sides for the rest of the night. The Phillies had no other answer, and the Phillies dropped their fifth straight game, 7-5.

The Phillies tonight had problems in every sense. It was tough luck mainly, because the issues kept shifting. The Phillies finally scored more than three runs, and of course, it wasn't enough. Vance Worley wasn't bad, but he wasn't great. The bullpen should have kept the gap close. They didn't, and the Phillies couldn't escape.

This slump the Phillies are in has hit a dangerous point. It's only so long before this carries straight into the playoffs, and isn't solved. Also, with teams like the Cardinals charging hard for a playoff spot, the Phillies won't want to face a red hot team. At this point, it almost doesn't matter. These games are meaningless, but the Phillies don't look anything like they did over the summer, and that will be a problem in the Postseason. The Phillies have lost their dominance, they have lost their swagger, they have lost quite a bit lately. The good teams find a way to get it back, and get it back in a hurry. The Phillies will need to get all the momentum they can in the next seven games. Or at the very least, maybe the Postseason should start soon, because maybe the Phillies would turn things around if they actually had something to play for.

The Phillies try to avoid their first six-game losing streak this season, and first sweep in a series of three games or more tomorrow against the Nationals. Roy Oswalt gets the start against Brad Peacock.


Then and Now: Glen Metropolit

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Glen Metropolit defines the word journeyman. Playing for 12 different teams since his days with the Grand Rapids Griffins of what used to be the International Hockey League back in the 1997-1998 season, Metropolit has spent time in four different leagues since becoming a professional hockey player.

Although he's played in over 400 NHL games, Metropolit has experienced the most success in National League A (NLA), Switzerland's top tier league. Earning several awards for his 2005-2006 season with the Champion HC Lugano, Metropolit has made a noticeable mark on the NLA. For the Flyers, however, his impact wasn't outstanding as he only spent 55 games with Philly before being waived. Let's look at Metropolit's time in Philadelphia and what he's accomplished since.
Metropolit's last goal as a Flyers (go to :50)
Thanks to NHLVideo

After finishing the 2007-2008 season with the Boston Bruins, Metropolit signed a two-year contract with the Flyers that July. Serving as a fourth liner, Metropolit had a respectable 14 points in 55 games for Philadelphia before being placed on waivers and picked up by the Montreal Canadiens on February 27th, 2009. Ironically, Metropolit's first game for the Canadiens was against the Flyers on the same day. The Canadiens ultimately won the game while Metropolit had a minus-1 rating and 2 PIM.

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Finishing out the 2008-2009 season with the Canadiens, Metropolit had two goals and one assist in 21 games before the Canadiens, squeaking into the playoffs as an eight seed, took on the top-seeded Boston Bruins in the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals. Despite his team being swept, Metropolit had two assists for a team that scored a total of six goals all series. He also broke even on plus/minus despite the Canadiens being outscored 17-6.

Staying with the Canadiens for the 2009-2010 season, Metropolit was able to increase his goal total by a large amount while missing over ten games of the season due to rib and shoulder injuries. Missing six games early in the season due to a rib injury and missing the last six games of the regular season due to a seperated shoulder, Metropolit scored 16 goals and had 13 assists in 69 games for the Habs as they entered the playoffs at the bottom-seed yet again.

Metropolit's 2009 and 2010 postseason totals were the same, but both came in completely different fashion. As the Canadiens proceeded to miraculously upset both the Washington Capitals and Pittsburgh Penguins in seven games before bowing out to the Philadelphia Flyers in a five game Eastern Conference Finals, Metropolit also partook in a pair of tallies. Metropolit had no points and was a minus-2 in his final NHL game, Game 5 of the Eastern Conference Finals in South Philadelphia.

Leaving the Canadiens after the 2010 playoffs, Metropolit returned to the NLA signing a two-year contract with EV Zug. Scoring 53 points, 15 of which were goals, Metropolit led the NLA in points for a second time in his career (2005 with 65). The NLA points leader in 2010? Randy Robitaille with 65.

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Entering the postseason for the fourth straight year, Metropolit did more than just assist this time around. Averaging more than a point per game, he registered two goals and ten points. This was the first time Metropolit had scored in the postseason since his game-winning goal for the Bruins in Game 5 of the 2008 Eastern Conference Quarterfinals.

Remaining with the team for the second year of his two-year contract, Metropolit is off to a strong start in the first four games of the 2011-2012 season. He has a goal and four assists in the opening four games.

With just one game-winning goal in a playoff series his team ultimately lost, Metropolit most likely won't be remembered for any plays he produced in the NHL. However, his work in the NLA is nothing to disprespect. Averaging 1.29 points/game during the regular season and 1.41 during the postseason, Metropolit can also claim the honors of NLA league leader in points (twice), NLA Best Forward, and NLA Champion in 2005 with Lugano. At the age of 37, a return to the NHL isn't likely. Despite this fact, Metropolit can be honored as a great player over in Switzerland.


Business of Sports: New Miami (Not Florida) Marlins Logo Leaked

Posted by Frank Klose

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Uhh...what?  I previously heard that the colors could change, but what the heck is this?  It would even look like a bad MegaMan logo.

Maury Brown posted the above logo on his website, Business of Sports Network .  Check out the site.   Thanks to @Seth_Everett  for pointing out the site and the logo.

This was too ugly not to mention.  If they do pinstripes, what color will they be?


Phils Drop Fourth in A Row in 3-0 Loss to Nationals

Posted by Danielle Wilson

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Courtesy of SportsIllustrated.CNN.com

Here's Cliff Lee's line: 7 IP, 11 H, 3 R (2 ER), 0 BB, 9 K, 120 pitches.

Ross Detwiler's line: 7.1 IP, 3 H, 1 BB, 3 K, 81 pitches.

And the final score: 3-0 Nationals

What the hell?

I know it's meaningless baseball, but, were the Phillies even giving a shit out there? Looked like May ball to me, you know, the slump month. Following two straight losses against the Cardinals, and a loss this afternoon in the first game of the double header, another loss isn't exactly what the Phils were looking for.

Danny Espinosa started this trainwreck with a solo shot to right-center in the second inning. It was his third of the season against Cliff Lee, the most of any batter this year.

In the sixth, Detwiler singled to score Espinosa, adding to the Nats' lead. Another run scored in the seventh, this time on a ball that hit Jayson Werth in the elbow, sailing to foul territory past the third base line on a pick-off attempt. Werth was later placed on the disabled list as day-to-day with an elbow contusion.

Justin De Fratus pitched a scoreless eighth, and Herndon pitched a scoreless ninth, sriking out two.

That's the game. Don't worry, guys, Charlie Manuel isn't worried. That's good news.

Maybe they'll win tomorrow night with Vance Worley on the mound against John Lannan.