doing nothing at the trade deadline today, the Phillies did plenty on the field as they swept the Nationals, winning their fifth game in a row. Thanks to homers by Jayson Werth and Jimmy Rollins and Kyle Kendrick's second good outing in a row, the Phillies were able to beat the Nationals 8-4. The Phillies got a complete team effort on offense with every position player in the starting line-up getting a hit and scoring or driving in a run.
The final score makes the game seem much closer than it was. With a 6 run lead, Rudy Seanez came into the game in the 9th inning and had troubles, giving up a pair of runs before he was pulled from the game. Seanez has quietly been terrible since the beginning of July, seeing his ERA rise from 2.46 to 3.58 in just a few weeks. Seanez's days on the Phillies are likely numbered. If Flash Gordon ever comes back or if the Phillies can pick up some relief help before the August 31st waiver deadline, then Seanez would have to be the first guy to go.
The Phillies will now have to face a real team again as they travel to St. Louis to take on the Cardinals. The Phillies will send their three "aces" to the mound for the series, Cole Hamels and two Opening Day pitchers, Joe Blanton and Brett Myers. The Cardinals will also send former Phillie Kyle Lohse to the mound for tomorrow's game against Hamels.
Sorry, still no game highlights. Redlasso is still non-functional and I am looking for another way to get highlights.