Editor's Notes: The above video is from Nov. 21, 2012.
WASHINGTON — Jeremy Hellickson blew a four-run lead and the Phillies suffered a 9-6 loss to the Washington Nationals on Friday night.
Hellickson gave up three homers and seven runs (see Instant Replay). Afterward, he owned the loss.
“The guys spotted me a four-run lead,” he said. “I’ve got to make that stand up. This loss is definitely on me.”
Now that the standard housekeeping is out of the way, let’s move on to the latest developments in the biggest drama surrounding this team.
Tommy Joseph hit a pair of two-run home runs, one that helped the Phillies build their early 4-0 lead and one that closed the deficit to three runs after they’d blown the lead.
Both of the home runs — one off Stephen Strasburg, the other off Felipe Rivero — were crushed.
Joseph’s big game gave him seven homers in his first 21 games with the Phillies. No Phillie has ever gotten to seven homers faster.
Joseph’s big night also solidified a watershed decision that manager Pete Mackanin made before the game. Several hours before the first pitch, Mackanin spoke with Ryan Howard and essentially told him he’d lost his job as the team’s primary first baseman to the 24-year-old rookie Joseph.
“I can’t say enough about Tommy Joseph,” Mackanin said after the game. “He looks like the real deal and it’s great to have him here.
“I talked to Ryan today and told him, ‘I’ve got to go with Tommy Joseph right now.’ I can’t sit Tommy Joseph. I can’t justify not playing the guy.”
Mackanin said Howard took the news “pretty laid back.” There was no tension during the meeting.
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