Phillies Lose Final Home Game of Regular Season 6-1

Phillies Lose Final Home Game of Regular Season 6-1

There were fireworks at Citizens Bank Park this evening on fan appreciation night as the Phillies played their final regular season game of the year in South Philadelphia.

That's not a metaphor for the Phillies offense or anything. No, they stunk all night. There were actual explosions in the sky once the game ended 6-1 in favor of the Nationls.

The Phillies managed only two hits in the first eight innings. They scrapped together a pair of meaningless hits and a lone run in the ninth but that was too little too late.

Roy Oswalt was not nearly as bad as his final line of 6 earned runs on 7 hits over 7.2 innings of work may appear. The Nats got to him for a pair of runs in the third inning after Chase Utley and John Bowker couldn't get together on a bloop between them (pictured) that could have kept the Nats off the board. The play was ruled a double, but it looked as if one of the Phillies should have made the catch. If Hunter Pence is out there, I'd suspect he would have made the play.

There were fireworks at Citizens Bank Park this evening on fan appreciation night as the Phillies played their final regular season game of the year in South Philadelphia.

That's not a metaphor for the Phillies offense or anything. No, they stunk all night. There were actual explosions in the sky once the game ended 6-1 in favor of the Nationls.

The Phillies managed only two hits in the first eight innings. They scrapped together a pair of meaningless hits and a lone run in the ninth but that was too little too late.

Roy Oswalt was not nearly as bad as his final line of 6 earned runs on 7 hits over 7.2 innings of work may appear. The Nats got to him for a pair of runs in the third inning after Chase Utley and John Bowker couldn't get together on a bloop between them (pictured) that could have kept the Nats off the board. The play was ruled a double, but it looked as if one of the Phillies should have made the catch. If Hunter Pence is out there, I'd suspect he would have made the play.

Oswalt also gave up a costly three-run homer to Michael Morse in the eighth. Those were his only real costly mistakes on the night. After the game, Oswalt said things very easily could have gone differently.

"You look at two plays tonight and it could have been eight innings, zero runs," he said.

The scoreboard at Citizens Bank Park showed Roy Oswalt consistently hitting 93-94 with his fastball. He looked sharp and said he felt great.

"I felt pretty well," Oswalt said. "Actually spotted pitches pretty well early. Probably the best I've felt all year."

If you had any worries about Oswalt heading into the postseason, I would stress too much. He looked pretty on point this evening.

As for the offense, that's another story.

"Our offense is kind of out of rhythm," Charlie Manuel said. "We've had so many guys on the field, different guys, but also our regular guys' timing is off. "

The 1-5 hitters tonight in the Phils lineup were a combined 0-16.

The skipper didn't want to make any excuses for the guys on the field tonight, but he also isn't too concerned about the offense going forward and heading into the playoffs. He''ll wait and see until he gets the lineup he wants back with Howard and Pence batting four and five rather than Raul Ibanez and Ross Gload as they did tonight. And you certainly won't see John Bowker or Pete Orr in your lineup come playoff time.

"Once we get all of our guys back, Howard's due back tomorrow more than likely. I think Pence is due back Saturday," Manuel said. "Once we get our regular lineup back in there, hopefully we'll get a little balance, a little timing and rhythm back and we'll start producing some runs."

Phillies fans are waiting to see it.

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The Phillies were swept in a series of at least three games for the first time all year.

Mike Piazza inducted into Baseball Hall of Fame

Mike Piazza inducted into Baseball Hall of Fame

COOPERSTOWN, N.Y. -- Mike Piazza has been inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame.

Selected by the Dodgers in the 62nd round of the 1988 amateur draft with the 1,390th pick, ahead of only five other players, Piazza is the lowest-drafted player to reach the Hall of Fame. He made it in on his fourth try.

Piazza played 16 years with five teams and hit 427 home runs, including a major-league record 396 as a catcher. A 12-time All-Star, Piazza won 10 Silver Slugger Awards and finished in the top five in MVP voting four times.

Perhaps even more impressive, Piazza had six seasons with at least 30 home runs, 100 RBIs and a .300 batting average. All other catchers in baseball history combined have posted nine such seasons.

Ken Griffey Jr. inducted into Baseball Hall of Fame

Ken Griffey Jr. inducted into Baseball Hall of Fame

COOPERSTOWN, N.Y. -- Ken Griffey Jr. has been inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame.

Griffey, the first No. 1 draft pick to be selected for enshrinement, played 22 big-league seasons with the Mariners, Reds and White Sox and was selected on a record 99.32 percent of ballots cast, an affirmation of sorts for his clean performance during baseball's so-called Steroids Era.

A 13-time All-Star selection and 10-time Gold Glove Award winner, Griffey hit 630 home runs, sixth all-time, and drove in 1,836 runs.

Griffey also was the American League MVP in 1997, drove in at least 100 runs in eight seasons, and won seven Silver Slugger Awards.

In the 1995 ALDS, he became just the second player in major league history to hit five home runs in a postseason series.

Report: Eagles to re-sign QB McLeod Bethel-Thompson

Report: Eagles to re-sign QB McLeod Bethel-Thompson

The Eagles are reportedly bringing back a familiar face at quarterback, and no, it's not Tim Tebow. 

The team will re-sign quarterback McLeod Bethel-Thompson, according to ESPN's Adam Caplan

With the addition, the current roster will be capped out at 90 after the reported signings of former Villanova LB Don Cherry and Alabama S Nick Perry go through (see story).  

The Eagles first signed Bethel-Thompson in February to pair with Mark Sanchez at the lone quarterback on the roster. A lot has changed since then, with the team re-signing Sam Bradford and drafting Carson Wentz. Bethel-Thompson was then cut by the Eagles in May. 

Bethel-Thompson has been in the NFL since 2011, after going undrafted out of Sacramento State. The 6-foot-4, 230 pounder has spent time with the Dolphins, the Vikings twice, Patriots and the 49ers three times. He has never played in a game. 

It'll be an uphill battle for the 27-year-old to make the roster with the quarterback position locked up with Bradford, Chase Daniel and Wentz.