Trailing the Mets and Padres by 2 1-2 games in the division and wild card races with 10 to play, the Phillies begin a four-game series against the Nationals tonight at RFK Stadium.
Preview: Landing in Washington early this morning, the Phillies draw a tough assignment right out of the chute with Jason Bergmann (5-5, 4.38), who has won his last three starts, including consecutive wins over Atlanta. The 25-year-old right-hander has made six career appearances against the Phillies, including three starts, and is 0-1 with a 3.38 ERA. The Phils counter with Kyle Lohse (8-12, 4.49), who lasted five innings against New York his last start, allowing three runs on seven hits and four walks. Give the pitching edge to Washington in their home park. The Phils are 7-4 against Washington and 3-2 at RFK.
News & notes: The Inquirer is reporting that former Phillies GM Ed Wade has been hired by Houston to fill their GM vacancy. Wade edged Phillies Assistent GM Ruben Amaro Jr., who was on the short list for the position. The Padres continue their series with Pittsburgh this afternoon. The Mets move on for four in Florida. Follow the action here.