Bullpen Stumbles Again as Phils Fall Again

The bullpen was supposed to be a strong point of the Phillies club this season. In the series with the Nationals, it was anything but strong. The Phillies lost two out of three games to Washington and the bullpen was hit hard in each loss.

Jose Vidro homered off Rheal Cormier (0-1) in the tenth inning as the Nationals beat the Phillies 5-4. Vidro finished the day 2-for-4 with three RBI.

The Phillies battled back from a 3-0 deficit in the sixth inning with the big blow coming off the bat of Pat Burrell, who delivered a bases loaded single. Burrell went 1-for-5, dropping his average to .500 (6-for-12) on the season.

An inning later, Placido Polanco singled with two outs to give the Phillies a 4-3 lead.

Tim Worrell, who took the loss in Wednesday night's game struggled again on Thursday. Worrell came on to pitch the eighth and gave up a leadoff triple to Jose Guillen. Nick Johnson grounded a single off the first base bag to score Guillen and tie the game. In his two appearances, Worrell is now 0-1 with a 19.29 ERA and two blown saves.

Randy Wolf threw six innings and allowed three earned runs on eight hits and a walk. He also struck out six. Ryan Madson and Billy Wagner each pitched scoreless innings, with Wagner striking out the side in the ninth.

The Phillies head into St.Louis to face Scott Rolen and the Cardinals in a three-game weekend series.

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