(Pudge Rodriguez watches the third strike to end the game. Screen grab of TV/MASN.)
"Just happened a little too late."
(Adam LaRoche, via Washington Post, 4/14/2011)
Nationals' late rally falls short; Matt Stairs reportedly seen still standing around at Nationals Park this morning with bat on shoulder
Phillies 3, Nationals 2: Nats finally put up a fight against a fading Halladay in the 9th, but Stairs and Pudge strike out on six pitches to strand the winning run on first, with a little help from a generous strike zone.
Halladay just too good on this night. Too bad Charlie Manuel decided to stick with Roy in the 9th. Here's the account of Manuel's mound visit with the Nats rallying, via Philly.com:
Halladay was at 117 pitches, Jose Contreras was warming in the bullpen, the tying run was on second, and the winning run was on first.
"I said, 'Well, Roy, here I am,' " Manuel said. "He said, 'I got 'em.' "
"That was it," Halladay said. "Short and sweet." (via Philly.com, 4/14/2011)
Lannan deserved better - still can't beat the Phillies.
EIan Desmond strikes again.