The Phillies received a season-low 1 1-3 innings from Chan Ho Park and won the game anyway, defeating the awful Nationals 8-6 on an error to complete the four-game sweep.
Before you pop open the bubbly, consider this: the Phillies are 7-2 against the Nationals. They're 13-14 against everyone else. Ironically, a four-game road sweep will be the series that exposes a Phillies pitching staff in need of wholesale change. The Phillies should use those brooms to sweep away their own mess. This was an unwatchably bad game between two clubs without pitching. But of all the poor performances seen this series - Olsen, Cabrera, Carpenter - none reeked worse than Park's embarrassing effort. If this wasn't enough to yank him from the rotation, I don't know what is. Then again, a half-decade of failure as a starting pitcher wasn't enough to deter them from sticking him there in the first place.
Now to the positive. After being hung out to dry, the bullpen pitched well. For the second straight day, a fresh-faced rookie earned the win, this one awarded to Sergio Escalona for a trouble-free seventh in his Major League debut. Escalona, along with Jack Taschner, Chad Durbin, Scott Eyre and Brad Lidge, held the Nats to a single run over the final eight innings. Lidge picked up his eighth save with a double play induced on one pitch.
The Phillies got five runs off starter Jordan Zimmermann, three in the first, then two in the fourth. Jimmy Rollins, who knocked in one of the runs today, had his third multi-hit game of the weekend to raise his average to .222. Chase Utley, who was also mired in a slump before this series, doubled in a run and was on base through most of the weekend. A two-base error on a Pedro Feliz eighth-inning bunt provided the go-ahead run,
Final weekend totals, courtesy of the AP: 55 runs, 42 walks. Pop open the Tylenol is more like it.