More apathy from the Phillies in their 7-5 loss to the Nationals. Plus, Antonio Bastardo offers another worrying performance.
Pitching: Vance Worley was alright, allowing four runs on six hits in six innings. He struck out six and walked three en route to the loss. Despite Worley’s missteps, the game was really lost in the eighth, when Bastardo made a throwing error, allowing a runner he inherited from Justin De Fratus to score. He gave up an RBI single to the following batter and a sac fly after that, handing Washington a 7-3 lead.
Offense: At least the performance at the plate marked an improvement. After averaging 1.5 runs over their last four contests, a spike in production was inevitable. Behind multi-hit nights from John Mayberry, Raul Ibanez and Ben Francisco, the Phils pushed five across on 10 knocks. Mayberry finished 3-for-4 with a homer, three runs and a pair of RBIs.
Distinctly un-Phillies moment: Brian Schneider hit a ground ball to first with two outs and the bases empty in the eighth. The Phils were trailing by a pair of runs and in need of baserunners, but Schneider barely left the batter’s box as he watched Chris Marrero field the grounder and tag the bag. Pretty much the Phils’ last week in a nutshell.
Hardware: Four Phillies were honored by the Philadelphia Chapter of the Baseball Writers Association of America. Cliff Lee was given the Steve Carlton Most Valuable Pitcher award, Shane Victorino received the Mike Schmidt Most Valuable Player award, Charlie Manuel received the Dallas Green award for Special Achievement and Ibanez received the Tug McGraw Good Guy award.