WASHINGTON - SEPTEMBER 27: Philadelphia Phillies fans cheer during a baseball game against the Washington Nationals on September 27 2010 at Nationals Park in Washington D.C. (Photo by Mitchell Layton/Getty Images)
Tonight’s Top 5:
5. Citizens Bank South: After a scoreless first where there were hints (more than hints really, I’m building drama), there’s little doubt that 75% (or more) of the crowd here is from Philadelphia or at the very least D.C.-based fans of the visiting team when Jayson Werth launches a solo shot to left off John Lannan to put the visiting Phillies up 1-0 in a Nats Park full of what embarrassingly sounds like a hometown Philly crowd. Raul Ibanez follows with a double off the left field wall and when the "RAUUUUL" cheers stop, the "Chooch" chants start as Carlos Ruiz steps up and grounds out. One down in the Phillies' second. Lannan gets Wilson Valdez to ground out to second, and Roy Halladay sends a low liner to short, 1-0 Philly in the second.
4. No-No-No For Halladay: Wilson Ramos' leadoff single in the third is quickly erased by a DP grounder from Alberto Gonzalez, but the Nationals at least avoid being no-hit by the Phillies' ace Roy Halladay in a game that seems destined to be a division-clinching win for the visiting Phillies. Nats' lefty John Lannan strikes Ryan Howard out, gets a flyout to right from Jayson Werth and a groundout to first from Raul Ibanez for a 1-2-3 fourth.
3. "Let's Go Phillies": I didn't whine about Opening Day, in spite of the fact that I spent a healthy sum of money on a good ticket to get myself a nice seat only to find myself surrounded on all sides by Philly fans, but subtract the Nationals fans from the equation and that's what Nats fans who actually came out to the park are suffering through tonight, and when Roy Halladay completes his 5th scoreless frame, a "Let's Go Phillies" chant breaks out with almost the entire crowd revealing themselves as visiting fans. A one-out walk to Placido Polanco is followed by a HBP on Utley and Ryan Howard's walk to the plate is greeted with something approaching an ovation. Sickening. Lannan sends Howard back to the dugout, swinging K, but Jayson Werth splits the right-center gap with a two-out, two-run double that makes it 3-0 Phillies. Raul Ibanez reaches safely on a swinging bunt, first and third for the Phillies and John Lannan is done. Lannan's Line: 5.2 IP, 7 H, 3 ER, 1 BB, 3 K's, 1 HBP...two runners on that are still Lannan's when Carlos Ruiz steps up and doubles to left, Werth scores, 4-0.
2. Halladay's Dominating: With a one-hitter through seven, the Phillies' ace looks unstoppable and the fact that he starts the frame with just 78 pitches thrown does not bode well for the Nats. Adam Dunn goes back up the middle with a leadoff single. Michael Morse rips a line drive right at Polanco at third. One down. Roger Bernadina pops out foul of the third base bag. Two down. Wilson Ramos grounds to second, and Halladay's through his eighth scoreless frame. The Phillies add four in the ninth on an RBI single by Placido Polanco, an RBI double by Chase Utley and another run-scoring hit by Jayson Werth. 8-0 Phillies, and a 1-2-3 ninth ends a complete game win for Halladay and clinches he NL East division crown for the Phillies.
1. "This is our house." [clap clap clapclapclap] - Philly fans.