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.

Best of NBA: Heat stun Warriors on Dion Waiters' 3 with 0.6 seconds left

Best of NBA: Heat stun Warriors on Dion Waiters' 3 with 0.6 seconds left

MIAMI -- Dion Waiters' 3-pointer with 0.6 seconds left capped his 33-point effort, and the Miami Heat beat Golden State 105-102 on Monday night to end the Warriors' seven-game winning streak.

The Heat wasted a 10-point lead in the final 4 minutes, and Kevin Durant tied the game on a dunk with 11.7 seconds left. With no timeouts, Waiters walked the ball up the court and drilled what became the game-winner over Klay Thompson.

Stephen Curry missed a 3-pointer as time expired for the Warriors (see full recap).

Rivers, Crawford lead Clippers past Hawks
ATLANTA -- Austin Rivers scored 27 points and Jamal Crawford broke out of a shooting slump with 19, helping the Los Angeles Clippers beat the Atlanta Hawks 115-105 on Monday night.

Crawford had eight points in the fourth quarter, including a driving basket after Atlanta cut the Clippers' lead from 24 to five points.

Kent Bazemore led the Hawks with 25 points. Dennis Schroder had 21, and Dwight Howard added 16 points and 12 rebounds (see full recap).

Wizards beat Hornets behind Wall’s 24
CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- John Wall firmly believes the Washington Wizards are a good team with plenty of playoff potential.

The key, he said, "is we just got to believe it every time we step on the court."

Wall had 24 points and seven assists, and the Wizards looked plenty confident as they continued their run up the Eastern Conference standings with a 109-99 win against the Charlotte Hornets on Monday night (see full recap).

Kings snap skid with win over Pistons
AUBURN HILLS, Mich. -- DeMarcus Cousins had 22 points and 14 rebounds, and the Sacramento Kings snapped a five-game losing streak with a 109-104 victory over the Detroit Pistons on Monday night.

Ty Lawson added 19 points and helped Sacramento turn the game around with a strong second quarter. Lawson scored nine points in the second, and the Kings outscored the Pistons 37-24 in the period to take a 65-62 lead into halftime.

A 3-pointer by Lawson put Sacramento up 101-90 in the fourth, and the Kings held on from there to stop Detroit's three-game winning streak (see full recap).

Jones, Holiday lead Pelicans past Cavs
NEW ORLEANS -- Terrence Jones filled in brilliantly for injured All-Star Anthony Davis, scoring a season-high 36 points, grabbing 11 rebounds and blocking LeBron James' dunk attempt in the fourth quarter, and the New Orleans Pelicans beat the Cleveland Cavaliers 124-122 on Monday night.

Jrue Holiday added 33 points and 10 assists for the Pelicans, and Langston Galloway capped a 12-point night with a clean steal on James' drive in the final minute, preventing the Cavs from erasing a deficit they had trimmed from 22 late in the first half to three with 1:32 left in the game.

Kyrie Irving scoring 35 of his 49 points in the second half, but the Cleveland fell to its fifth loss in seven games. James had 26 points, 12 assists and 10 rebounds (see full recap).

Best of NHL: Henrik Lundqvist's 36 saves leads Rangers past Kings

Best of NHL: Henrik Lundqvist's 36 saves leads Rangers past Kings

NEW YORK -- Henrik Lundqvist stopped 36 shots to lead the New York Rangers over the Los Angeles Kings 3-2 on Monday night.

Brandon Pirri, Matt Puempel and Mats Zuccarello scored to help New York win its third straight since a three-game skid.

Jordan Nolan and Kyle Clifford scored, and Jeff Zatkoff finished with 14 saves for Los Angeles, which has lost four straight and five of seven.

Lundqvist has given up just four goals on 84 shots during the winning streak -- including a 1-0 shutout at Detroit on Monday -- after allowing 20 on 113 shots the previous four games.

The veteran goalie needed to be at his best in this one as the Kings, who last played Saturday across town against the Islanders, seemed a step faster from the start and controlled play for most of the first two periods (see full recap).

Caps top 'Canes to extend point streak to 14 games
WASHINGTON -- Defenseman Dmitry Orlov scored twice and the Washington Capitals kept the offense rolling to beat the Carolina Hurricanes 6-1 on Monday night and extend their point streak to 14 games.

Orlov doubled his goal output for the season and Justin Williams, Evgeny Kuznetsov, T.J. Oshie and Lars Eller also scored for the Capitals, who have won three in a row and haven't lost in regulation since Dec. 27. Washington scored on six of its 25 shots on Cam Ward and handed Carolina its fourth consecutive loss.

Braden Holtby made 25 saves for his 23rd victory of the season. The only goal he allowed came from Jordan Staal on the power play in the first period.

The Capitals allowed the first goal for the first time in 11 games but scored six unanswered to continue their winning ways. They've scored 44 goals in their past eight games (see full recap).

Kadri reaches 20 goals as Leafs beat Flames
TORONTO -- Nazem Kadri scored twice to tie his career high with 20 goals this season, Frederik Andersen stopped 26 shots and the Toronto Maple Leafs ended a two-game winless streak with a 4-0 win over the Calgary Flames on Monday night.

Kadri beat Brian Elliott twice, and Andersen captured his second shutout as a Leaf.

Rookies Mitch Marner and Zach Hyman also scored for Toronto, which sits third in the Atlantic Division with 53 points.

Elliott gave up four goals on 28 shots, dropping his fourth consecutive start.

The Flames have lost three in a row and five of the past six. They are a point up on Vancouver for the final wild-card spot in the Western Conference (see full recap).