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.

Conspiracy charge added for 3 former Penn State administrators

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Conspiracy charge added for 3 former Penn State administrators

HARRISBURG, Pa. -- A Pennsylvania judge on Thursday allowed prosecutors to add a conspiracy charge against three former Penn State administrators, increasing their possible penalty if convicted of crimes for their handling of the Jerry Sandusky child molestation scandal.

Judge John Boccabella granted a request by the attorney general's office to tack on a related conspiracy count to the charges of endangering the welfare of children.

Prosecutors said each felony count carries up to 7 years in prison and a $15,000 fine.

Jury selection is scheduled for March 20 in Harrisburg in the case of former university president Graham Spanier, former vice president Gary Schultz and former athletic director Tim Curley.

The defendants sought permission last week from Boccabella for an appeal that could delay the trial. The judge has not ruled on that request.

They argue Boccabella erred when he declined to dismiss the child-welfare charges, arguing the statute of limitations expired, the defendants did not provide direct care for children and they are charged with actions that occurred before the law was revised.

Earlier this month, the judge dismissed charges of failing to properly report suspected abuse, and last year the Superior Court threw out perjury, obstruction and conspiracy charges.

The three administrators fielded a complaint in 2001 from a graduate assistant who said he saw Sandusky, then retired as an assistant football coach, sexually abusing a boy in a team shower.

They did not report the matter to police or child welfare authorities, but did tell Sandusky he could no longer bring children to the campus and they notified his charity for children, The Second Mile.

Sandusky currently is serving a lengthy state prison term after being convicted in 2012 of 45 counts of sexual abuse of 10 boys.

Last week, a new judge appointed to preside over his appeals under the state's Post-Conviction Relief Act scheduled a March 24 hearing at the courthouse near State College to "present and finalize the evidentiary portion" of the hearing.

Hits King Pete Rose on Phillies' Wall of Fame ballot

Hits King Pete Rose on Phillies' Wall of Fame ballot

CLEARWATER, Fla. -- The Phillies have released their Wall of Fame ballot for 2017 and Pete Rose is on it for the first time.

Baseball’s all-time hits king joins Steve Bedrosian, Larry Christensen, Jim Fregosi, Gene Garber, Placido Polanco, Ron Reed, Scott Rolen, Manny Trillo and Rick Wise on the ballot.

The Phillies had to receive permission from commissioner Rob Manfred to include Rose on the ballot. Rose was placed on baseball’s permanently ineligible list in 1989 after he admitted to wagering on baseball during his time as manager of the Cincinnati Reds. The ban precludes him from appearing on the ballot for the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, New York.

Rose is still on the ineligible list, but Manfred has shown some leniency in recent years and Rose has been able to participate in some ceremonies. He was inducted into the Cincinnati Reds' Hall of Fame last summer. 

Rose was one of the stars on the Reds’ Big Red Machine, a club that won back-to-back World Series in 1975 and 1976. He came to the Phillies as a free agent before the 1979 season. He spent five years with the Phils and his leadership was considered key in getting a talented team over the top on its way to winning the 1980 World Series. 

The Phillies’ Wall of Fame ceremony will take place Aug. 12 at Citizens Bank Park. 

Fans have a voice in the voting, which is has begun on the team’s website -- www.Phillies.com. Fans can select their top three choices and the five finalists will serve as the official ballot for a special Wall of Fame selection committee.