After the Phillies re-grouped from getting crushed on national television Saturday, to take two of three from the Braves yesterday, Philadelphia was buzzing. All of a sudden, it went from trade the entire team to let’s be buyers at the trade deadline. It was amazing. A thing like this happened last year, if you remember when Jimmy Rollins started #letsgostreaking. Regardless of the fact that it doesn’t make sense not to sell at this deadline, I want to watch the Phillies play meaningful baseball the next two months. And as unlikely as it is, I’m willing to go along with the pipe dream as long as it lasts.
The Phillies welcomed in the Nationals today for a four game set. The Nationals entered on a four game winning streak after disposing of the Padres over the weekend, and sent a struggling Dan Haren to the mound. The Phillies sent John Lannan to the mound.
The Phillies got off to a solid start in the top of the first when Dom Brown reached on an infield single, scoring Ben Revere. Darin Ruf then worked a bases loaded walk to score Michael Young.
John Lannan was lights out against his former team. Lannan tossed eight scoreless innings, while only scattering four hits. Lannan, out of all people on the team, was dominant tonight and to see him do it against the team that had him in triple-a for a majority of the season in 2012, was pretty fun. And the fact that it was against Bryce Harper and the Nationals was pretty cool too.
The Phillies added on an insurance run in the sixth on a Jimmy Rollins single. Ben Revere even did a somersault, after scoring.
At that point, John Lannan was rolling and so were the Phillies. For one of the few times this season, the Phillies were starting to feel fun.
And then the ninth inning happened. Sure, Jonathan Papelbon saved the game, but had a Jayson Werth sac-fly gone about five feet further, the Nationals would have tied the game. For me the ninth inning brought me back to reality. I don’t want to be Mr. negative, but the ninth inning really killed the vibe that the past 24 hours have created.