Monday, June 17, 2013

Brown makes up for Papelbon's blown save

June 17, 2013

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By Nick Tricome

The Phillies looked like they had this one in the bag. Top of the ninth, two outs and a 4-3 lead with Jonathan Papelbon on the mound. They had it, but then they didn't.

Chad Tracy hit a solo home run for the Washington Nationals to tie the game. He also gave Papelbon his first blown save of the year in the process.

Papelbon may have blown the save, but Domonic Brown more than made up for it.

With Ben Revere at third and Jimmy Rollins at second, Brown hit a walkoff single into center to give the Phillies a 5-4 win over their National League East rival.

Although Brown became the main headline by the end of Monday night's game, there was also a story in who was on the mound tonight.

Jonh Lannan returned to pitch against his former team, after being out since April 17 with a knee injury.

Lannan, who spent six seasons in Washington before being picked up by the Phillies, pitched five innings, allowing two earned runs off a walk and six hits.

Meanwhile, Ryan Howard had a big night.

Howard hit a solo home run to right field in the second inning, tying the game at one after Jayson Werth hit an  RBI single in the first for Washington.

The home run was Howard's eighth of the season and his first since May 29. He had three hits and two RBIs on the night before Michael Martinez was sent in to pinch run in the eighth.

Delmon Young hit a two-run double in the third with two outs and the bases loaded. Young's hit into right brought home Rollins and Michael Young, but Ryan Howard was tagged out trying to slide back to third, ending the inning. However, the Phillies took a 3-1 lead at that point.

The Phillies, now with a 34-37 record, pulled to within a game of second place in the division (currently occupied by the Nationals).

Cliff Lee, who has been the Phillies best pitcher with an 8-2 record and a 2.55 ERA, will be on the mound for the second of a three-game series on Tuesday night.

Washington will have Ross Detwiler (2-4, 3.02 ERA) to pitch against the Philadelphia lineup.

Notables: As a result of an elbow strain, and to make room for Lannan on the roster, reliever Jeremy Horst was placed on the 15-day disabled list.

Prior to the start of Monday night's game, the Phanatic had some ATV problems. As always, the Phanatic rode over to the visiting dugout to mess with the Nationals. But when the Phanatic got back on, the ATV wouldn't start. With the Phanatic unable to ride off, the grounds crew ended up having to lift the ATV over the third base gate to get it off the field.

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