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Welcome to Citizens Bank Park South, Where The Phils Won 5-0

Welcome to Citizens Bank Park South, Where The Phils Won 5-0

WASHINGTON, DC -- This screen grab from tonight's Phillies vs. Nationals game in DC comes from none other than the Twitter account of Jayson Werth's Beard, who adds "I guess the smartest don't travel down here ;)"

I can't attest to the education levels of all the Philly fans that trekked down here this weekend, but I can say with 100% certainty there are a buttload of them and they were treated to a 5-0 Phillies victory on Saturday night. Holy crap, there are lots of Phillies fans here this weekend. And they are loud.

The sellout crowd and announced attendance of 44,685 was the most ever for a game at Nationals Park.

Tonight's winning pitcher, Roy Oswalt, commented that the crowd in DC was "pretty much like a smaller Philly."

After Roy Oswalt was missing from last night's affair, he was the man of the evening on Saturday night. Lil Roy set a personal best with the Phils by striking out 9 Nats in eight innings of shutout ball. Perhaps the most encouraging aspect of his night was the heightened velocity on his fastball, which was consistently hitting 92-94 on the gun.

"I think mechanics is the best thing that happened tonight," Roy Oswalt said following the game. "I stayed back a lot better than I did times before, was rushing a little bit. It's coming back. It feels better and better everyday."

As Charlie Manuel said prior to Friday's game, when they get Oswalt pitching as well as he's capable of doing, this team truly has four aces -- a very rare thing in baseball.

When asked following the game what he thinks the Phillies formidable aces-stacked rotation could be like if he's on his game like he was tonight come the postseason, "It'll be interesting," Roy responded.

It sure will.

Oswalt's 9 Ks were the most he's had since June 10th, 2010, according to Todd Zolecki.

As for the strange two days for Oswalt after being scratched last night due to the lenghty rain delay, Roy took it in stride.

"It was the first time I started two games back to back," Oswalt said. "I told them they keep doing that they're going to have to pay me more."

If he keeps pitching like he did tonight, it could be worth it.

The Phillies showed their support for Roy in the fourth and sixth innings. A Wilson Valdez triple in the fourth with two men on put the Phils up 2-0 and a Hunter Pence homer in the sixth, coupled with some poor Nationals pitching that eventually lead to a two-run single by Jimmy Rollins to put the Phils up 5-0 after six.

Mike Stutes came in to finish off Oswalt's night in the ninth and got things done, 1-2-3 style. The only thing this night was missing was some Harry High Hopes on the jumbotron and the centerfield bell-ringing we love so much at Citizens Bank Park.

Roy Halladay goes for the series victory Sunday afternoon.

CSNPhilly Internship - Advertising/Sales

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CSNPhilly Internship - Advertising/Sales

Position Title: Intern
Department: Advertising/Sales
Company: Comcast SportsNet Philadelphia
# of hours / week: 10 – 20 hours

Deadline: November 20

Basic Function

This position will work closely with the Vice President of Sales in generating revenue through commercial advertisements and sponsorship sales. The intern will gain first-hand sales experience through working with Sales Assistants and AEs on pitches, sales-calls and recapping material.

Duties and Responsibilities

• Assist Account Executive on preparation of Sales Presentations
• Cultivate new account leads for local sales
• Track sponsorships in specified programs
• Assist as point of contact with sponsors on game night set up and pre-game hospitality elements.
• Assist with collection of all proof of performance materials.
• Perform Competitive Network Analysis
• Update Customer database
• Other various projects as assigned

Requirements

1. Good oral and written communication skills.
2. Knowledge of sports.
3. Ability to work non-traditional hours, weekends & holidays
4. Ability to work in a fast-paced, high-pressure environment
5. Must be 19 years of age or older
6. Must be a student in pursuit of an Associate, Bachelor, Master or Juris Doctor degree
7. Must have unrestricted authorization to work in the US
8. Must have sophomore standing or above
9. Must have a 3.0 GPA

Interested students should apply here and specify they're interested in the ad/sales internship.

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Best of MLB: D-backs clinch top wild card spot with walk-off win over Marlins

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Best of MLB: D-backs clinch top wild card spot with walk-off win over Marlins

PHOENIX -- J.D. Martinez lined a two-out RBI single to deep left field with the bases loaded in the ninth inning, and the Arizona Diamondbacks beat the Miami Marlins 3-2 on Sunday to clinch the top wild card in the National League.

The Diamondbacks, who won only 69 games a year ago but are 90-66 this season, were assured a playoff berth in the fourth inning after St. Louis and Milwaukee lost. The comeback victory ensured Arizona will host the NL wild-card game Oct. 4.

Fernando Rodney (5-4) pitched a perfect inning for the win.

A throwing error by Justin Nicolino (2-3) on Kristopher Negron's sacrifice bunt helped load the bases with no outs in the ninth (see full recap).

Cubs close in on NL Central title behind Quintana's 3-hit shoutout
MILWAUKEE -- Jose Quintana pitched a three-hitter for his second big league shutout, and the Chicago Cubs beat Milwaukee 5-0 Sunday to close in on a second straight NL Central title and damage the Brewers' playoff hopes.

Coming off its first World Series title since 1908, Chicago (87-68) won three of four in the weekend series and opened a 5-game lead over the second-place Brewers (82-73) with seven games remaining. Milwaukee began the day one game behind Colorado for the NL's second wild card.

Quintana (7-3 with Cubs, 11-11 overall) struck out 10 and walked one in his second complete game in 182 starts. He threw 116 pitches, his most since Sept. 7 last year.

He did not allow any extra-base hits and retired his final 11 batters after walking Domingo Santana in the sixth (see full recap).

Rockies beat Padres to open 2-game lead for last wild card
SAN DIEGO -- Gerardo Parra hit a tiebreaking single in a two-run third inning, Pat Valaika and Charlie Blackmon hit consecutive home runs in the ninth and the Colorado Rockies beat the San Diego Padres 8-4 Sunday to open a two-game lead over Milwaukee for the second NL wild card heading into the final week of the regular season.

St. Louis trails the Rockies by 2 games. Seeking its first postseason appearance since 2009, Colorado opens a six-game homestand Monday, playing Miami and then the Los Angeles Dodgers. At 41-40, the Rockies tied their record for road wins, set in 2009.

German Marquez (11-7) allowed two runs, five hits and three walks in five innings. He had been 0-2 in six starts since beating Milwaukee on Aug. 18. Colorado starters have a 2.52 ERA in their last nine games (see full recap).

Twins top Tigers for 4-game sweep, close on wild card
DETROIT -- Jorge Polanco and Eduardo Escobar homered, and Minnesota beat the Detroit Tigers 10-4 on Sunday to complete a four-game sweep that moved the Twins closer to securing a wild-card berth in the playoffs.

Polanco hit a solo homer in the first off Buck Farmer (4-5), and Escobar welcomed Victor Alcantara with a three-run drive in the sixth.

Minnesota (82-74) began the day 4 games ahead of Kansas City, Texas and the Los Angeles Angels for the second AL wild card. The Twins outscored the Tigers 39-12 in the sweep.

Detroit has lost seven straight and 14 of 16. At 62-94, the Tigers will finish with their worst record since going 43-119 in 2003 (see full recap).