The Nationals' bullpen pitched five shutout innings to outlast the Phillies in a 4-3 defeat Friday night. The Phils should have plated a go-ahead run in the seventh, but Carlos Ruiz’s ball down the left-field line was ruled foul. Shane Victorino was also ruled out stealing third during Ruiz's at bat when he should have been called safe.
Beerleaguer: The bullpen is beginning to bump out the offense among the issues we're bitching about the most. The game marks the second time in three games the bullpen has surrendered late leads in extra innings. The offense shut it down after Strasburg, but they also didn't receive the shut-down innings they needed from the bullpen, including a key run surrendered in the sixth as Joe Savery and Jose Contreras let one by. Michael Schwimer got hung out to dry in the 11th, taking the loss in his third inning of work. Friday marked another occasion when Jonathan Papelbon remained seated as a win turn into a loss.