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Philadelphia Phillies Inside Pitch 2009-04-17

Philadelphia Phillies Inside Pitch 2009-04-17
Pardon the Phillies if they've been feeling a little out of sorts lately.

In the 10 days since the season started, they have had three days off, one rainout, four extended pregame ceremonies, and a few hours before Monday's game, they were informed of the sudden death of beloved Hall of Fame broadcaster Harry Kalas.

Nothing about the last 10 days has been routine.

And after back-to-back days without playing a game (they were off Tuesday and got rained out Wednesday), the Phillies returned to the ballpark in Washington on Thursday night and fell flat in an 8-2 loss to the Nationals, the majors' last winless team.

"With everything that's happened, it's been a little bit different," right fielder Jayson Werth said from a hushed clubhouse at Nationals Park. "The beginning of the season is always like that as far as days off and everything. But anytime you lose somebody like Harry, that's something totally different. It's been tough on everybody."

Asked if the disjointed events of the past two weeks have affected the Phillies, second baseman Chase Utley said, "It's a possibility, yeah. It feels like we've been on the road for a long time."

To manager Charlie Manuel, there was no doubt the last 10 days have taken a toll. And to emerge with a 4-4 record is, in itself, a minor victory.

"We won a World Series, and I know there's still ceremonies that linger through the front part of the year," Manuel said. "And Harry passing away, that plays a part on our team because he was one of us. We've had a lot of stuff that's gone on.

"But I'd like to see us get that behind us and start playing baseball. We need to get on with our season. Once we get that stuff behind us and get settled in, we'll be OK."

NATIONALS 8, PHILLIES 2: RHP Joe Blanton took the loss despite overcoming a rocky first inning and posting the Phillies' first quality start in eight games. Blanton allowed a three-run homer to Adam Dunn before holding the Nationals scoreless for the next five innings. Rookie C Lou Marson notched two hits in his second career start and first this season after being called up last weekend to replace injured Carlos Ruiz. LHP Jack Taschner gave up four runs in the eighth inning, including home runs by Elijah Dukes and Alberto Gonzalez.

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