Every little kid dreams of it…3-2 count, 2 out, down a run, game on the line. Ryan Zimmerman lived it and came through in a big way. Zimmerman hit a walk-off grand slam with two out in the ninth inning to complete a furious comeback win 8-4. Ryan Madson reaaaaaaaally struggled, going 2/3s of an inning, giving up five hits, and six runs to take the loss. Todd Coffey pitched a scoreless ninth inning to pick up the win. The game had a 2 hour and 22 minute rain delay in the first inning. Roy Oswalt was suppose to start the game, but Kyle Kendrick took his place because the Phillies didn’t want to risk injury with Oswalt’s back. He will start Saturday’s game now against John Lannan of the Nationals in a rematch of last Saturday’s game at Citizens Bank Park. The Braves defeated the Arizona Diamondbacks earlier tonight which pushed the Phillies’ NL East lead back down to 7.5 games.
With it raining cats and dogs in the Philadelphia region, many wondered if tonight’s game in Washington would start on time. It did start on time, but didn’t last very long. Four batters into the game it began to rain, starting a long delay. An interesting situation started when the grounds crew started to take the tarp off. Phillies manager Charlie Manuel came on the field and walked towards right field, checking the grass. It seemed as if the Phillies were trying to postpone the game, but the umpires made the game start after the 2 hour and 22 minute delay. Livan Hernandez, the Nationals’ original starter, remained in the game. The Phillies did all their scoring in the third inning. Jimmy Rollins started it with a one out double. John Mayberry followed with a triple that was misplayed by Nationals’ left fielder Johnny Gomes that allowed Rollins to score. The next batter, Chase Utley would double home Mayberry. A Ryan Howard RBI single would come next. Three batters later, Carlos Ruiz would hit an opposite field single to score Howard with two out. Even Wilson Valdez got in to the mix with a single, but Raul Ibanez was thrown out at the plate to end the inning. Ian Desmond got the Nationals on the board with an RBI double in the bottom of the third. Wilson Ramos would make it a 4-2 game in the 5th inning on a solo home run. A Carlos Ruiz double in the sixth inning would be the only Phillies hit besides the third inning. The next batter, Wilson Valdez hit a line drive to Desmond who doubled off Ruiz at second base. I’m not going to go over the entire ninth inning…just watch this. That sums up what happened to Ryan Madson. He got unlucky, but ultimately gave up the walk off to Zimmerman.
-Tough loss, it happens. Easy to get over when you’re 80-43.
-Ryan Zimmerman is an incredible player, but why does he throw like a weirdo?
-Again, solid outing out of Kendrick
-Very selfishly happy that I get to Oswalt and not Kendrick.
– I was kind of hoping that I’d get to see a doubleheader tomorrow.
-I’m happy they got to Livan, but two base runners after the third inning is awful.
– If you rip Ryan Madson after this game, you’re an idiot. He’s been incredible the entire year, it’s just one bad game in otherwise a great season for him.
The 9th inning tonight