The Phillies closed out their 2012 home schedule on Thursday night with a loss; that was 2 straight losses to the Nationals. Worse, they got smacked around by a teenager in both losses as 19-year old Bryce Harper hit a homer in each of those 2 games.
The losses caused the Phillies home record to dip below the .500 mark for the first time since 2000. They finished with a record of 40-41 at home. It is a very sad ending to a very sad season, which is not even over yet. The Phillies still have 6 more games in Miami and Washington before they can slink off to into the off-season.
The Phillies overall record is now 78-78 so they can still finish with a winning record if they have a winning road trip. But if this team continues to play as if they are already at home sitting on the couch, that may not happen.
Last night, the Phillies had Nats pitcher Gio Gonzalez on the ropes in what looked like it might be a total knock-out very early. Gonzalez was wild, walking 3 in the 1st inning and allowing a 3-run, bases-clearing double to rookie Darin Ruf. Still shaky in the 2nd inning, the Phils had a chance to pounce all over Gonzalez and failed.
Once they let him off the hook, Gonzalez found his stride and the Phillies did not score another run the rest of the game. They had only 3 hits from the 3rd inning on.
Now, all fans can do is hope the Phillies muster just a little bit of pride and finish the season strong, giving everyone hope for the 2013 season.
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