Monday, July 6, 2015

Game 162: The nightmare ends

WASHINGTON — It all ends this afternoon, with little to play for but pride. A Phillies victory ensures the team's 10th straight winning season, which would set a franchise record. But even Charlie Manuel isn't so sure as to what good that does.

Game 162: The nightmare ends

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Charlie Manuel has put Carlos Ruiz and Kevin Frandsen in his starting lineup tonight in Houston. (Al Behrman/AP file)
Charlie Manuel has put Carlos Ruiz and Kevin Frandsen in his starting lineup tonight in Houston. (Al Behrman/AP file)

WASHINGTON — It all ends this afternoon, with little to play for but pride. A Phillies victory ensures the team's 10th straight winning season, which would set a franchise record. But even Charlie Manuel isn't so sure as to what good that does.

There is no erasing the disappointment of 2012.

On Wednesday, that will sink in once the Phillies leave the field without a tomorrow. There is no October baseball in Philadelphia for the first time in six years.

So savor Game 162.

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The final lineup:

1. Juan Pierre 7
2. Kevin Frandsen 5
3. Chase Utley 4
4. Carlos Ruiz 2
5. Domonic Brown 9
6. Darin Ruf 3
7. Nate Schierholtz 8
8. Michael Martinez 6
9. Cliff Lee 1


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