Instant Replay: Nationals 6, Phillies 1


Instant Replay: Nationals 6, Phillies 1


The Phillies ended their final homestand of the regular season in dubious fashion Thursday night. They suffered a 6-1 loss to the Washington Nationals, extending their season-high losing streak to six games. All the losses have come after the Phils clinched the NL East title on Saturday night.

The Nationals ended up sweeping the four-game series. It was the first time the Phils have been swept in a series of three or more games since Aug. 2010.

The game marked the Phils 204th straight sellout, dating to 2009. The Phils final season attendance was 3,680,718.

Starting pitching report: The most encouraging part of the night for the Phillies was the pitching of Roy Oswalt at least for the first eight innings. He allowed two runs in the third inning and both were avoidable. Ian Desmond blooped a catchable, two-out double between rightfielder John Bowker and second baseman Chase Utley and Roger Berandina followed with a ground-ball, RBI single.

Oswalt got the first two outs in the eighth before allowing three hits and a walk. One of the hits was a three-run homer to Michael Morse.

Rookie Brad Peacock allowed just one hit over 5 23 innings.

Bullpen report: Brad Lidge got the final out in the eighth.

Tom Gorzelanny, Ryan Mattheus, Tyler Clippard, Doug Slaten and Todd Coffey finished off the win for Washington.

At the plate: The Phillies had just two hits entering the ninth inning. Carlos Ruiz third hit of the game drove home John Mayberry Jr. (double) with two outs in the ninth for the Phils only run. Morses homer was his 28th.

Health check: Hunter Pence (left knee tendinitis) and Ryan Howard (sore left ankle) are both progressing, according to manager Charlie Manuel. Manuel believes both will be in the lineup over the weekend.

Up next: The Phils play their final six games on the road against the Mets and Braves.

They open a three-game series in New York on Friday night. Cole Hamels (14-9, 2.80) faces R.A. Dickey (8-13, 3.35).

The Phillies will plug Saturdays start with relievers. They have not named a starter yet.

Roy Halladay (18-6, 2.41) and Mike Pelfrey (7-12, 4.58) are the pitchers on Sunday afternoon.

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Phillies prospect Victor Arano out at least a month with elbow injury

Phillies prospect Victor Arano out at least a month with elbow injury

CLEARWATER, Fla. – The Phillies received some good and bad news on pitcher Victor Arano.

He was diagnosed with a sprain of the ulnar collateral ligament in his right elbow.

Surgery was not prescribed, which is good news.

The bad news, he’s been shut down for at least a month.

Arano’s injury was treated with a platelet-rich plasma (PRP) injection.

The 22-year-old from Mexico said he first started feeling some tenderness in the elbow during a stint in the Arizona Fall League. He experienced some swelling in the elbow after reporting to camp earlier this month.

Arano is an intriguing prospect. He was acquired from the Dodgers as part of the package for starter Roberto Hernandez in August 2014. He impressed team officials in spring training 2015 and really took a big step forward after moving to the bullpen last season. He pitched 79 2/3 innings in 46 games at Single A Clearwater and Double A Reading and recorded a 2.26 ERA while striking out 95 and walking just 19.

Arano’s stuff has been compared to that of Edubray Ramos, who jumped from Double A to Triple A to the majors last season.

The injury means Arano will have to start the season on the disabled list.

In other health news, pitcher Jake Thompson graduated to a bullpen mound on Wednesday. He had been slowed by a sore wrist, but is fine now. Thompson proved that by winning the longest drive at Tuesday’s annual team golf outing.

Thompson lines up to open the season at Triple A.

Phillies set prospect-packed lineup for exhibition opener vs. U of Tampa

Phillies set prospect-packed lineup for exhibition opener vs. U of Tampa

The Phillies will have an exciting, young lineup Thursday in their annual exhibition opener against the University of Tampa.

1. Roman Quinn, CF (S)
2. J.P. Crawford, SS (L)
3. Dylan Cozens, RF (L)
4. Rhys Hoskins, 1B
5. Nick Williams, LF (L)
6. Jorge Alfaro, C
7. Scott Kingery, 2B
8. Hector Gomez, 3B
9. Andrew Pullin, DH (L)

RHP Mark Leiter

Gomez aside, it's a prospect-packed lineup that represents the best of the Phillies' farm system.

Several of these players — Crawford, Williams, Alfaro and Quinn — will likely taste the majors at some point this season. They're all in big-league camp for the second straight year. It's a first for Cozens, Hoskins and Kingery.

As CSN Phillies analyst Ricky Bottalico pointed out Tuesday on Phillies Focus (airing all week on CSN at 6 p.m.), it's, in a way, a lose-lose situation for Leiter. If he pitches well against Tampa, he did it vs. college kids. If he pitches poorly, then he was hit around by college kids. Not the easiest assignment.

The Phillies play Tampa at 1:05 p.m. Thursday.

On Friday, the Phillies travel to Tampa for the Grapefruit League opener against the Yankees (1:05 p.m.). Here is the posted lineup for that game:

1. Cesar Hernandez, 2B
2. Roman Quinn, CF
3. Daniel Nava, DH
4. Tommy Joseph, 1B
5. Chris Coghlan, RF
6. Tyler Goeddel, LF
7. Andrew Knapp, C
8. J.P. Crawford, SS
9. Hector Gomez, 3B

RHP Alec Asher

The Phillies' first televised spring training game on CSN is Saturday at 1:05 p.m., also against the Yankees.