Phillies’ rally falls short against Nats
Charlie Manuel was angry. It didn’t matter that the Philadelphia
Manuel didn’t want to take about the comeback. The manager wanted to vent.
“We’ve been getting outplayed by second division teams,” Manuel said. “We don’t put nobody away.”
It hasn’t been a good time on the road for the defending world champions. In their last three road series, the
“The guys who’ve been on this team the last couple of years – they know exactly what they’ve got to do,” Manuel said. “We’ve got to have a little more get up and go to us.”
Philadelphia’s lead in the
“We’re the best team in this division,” Manuel said. “Nobody’s going to give us nothing.”
“We’re better than they are,” Manuel said. “We’ve got to get after them more – like we used to.”
Victorino denied that his team was complacent, which Manuel implied. He did say the
“We’re letting these teams have confidence,” Victorino said. “We’re not putting teams away like we should. We’re not dictating what’s happening in the game.”
Desmond, a 24-year-old shortstop who was recalled from Triple-A Syracuse on Tuesday, doubled in a run in the fourth and his three-run homer keyed a five-run fifth. He narrowly missed a home run in his first at-bat, flying out to deep center field.
Hernandez (8-10), signed by the
Philadelphia led 2-0 after one but
Dunn and Desmond connected in the fifth. Desmond sprinted around the bases so quickly that he nearly caught
“I’ve never had anything like that happen before, you know? I didn’t know if they were being serious or not, so I didn’t want to look like a dummy,” Desmond said. (Coach Tim) Foli told me to step up on the first step. The other guys were saying, ‘They want you, they want you.”‘
Blanton gave up eight runs and seven hits in 4 2-3 innings, ending his streak of 11 straight quality starts.
Stairs connected in the ninth off rookie