Originally written on Five Tool Tool  |  Last updated 7/9/13
Oh Dear Today in South Philadelphia, the town team disabled contract albatross Ryan Howard, called up future flameout Darin Ruf, and started 5th starter John Lannan against the Nationals in the latest of a long series of Dammit You've Got To Win Now Or The Team's Getting Broken Up games. Lannan pulled out his best start in four years against his old laundry, Jonathan Papelbon failed so spit the bit despite considerable effort, and the "good" guys won, 3-2. Which gives them their fifth win in seven games, snapped the Nats' 5-game winning streak, and raised the Phillies' won/loss record to... 44-46, 7.5 games back in the East, 6.5 back from the wild card.And, um, woo. But maybe I'm being mean here. They've won back to back series against first place clubs, having gone 2-1 against Pittsburgh and Atlanta. Ben Revere got his average up to .300 after starting the year so bad, some in the fan base were actually hoping for more John Mayberry Jr. in their life. Ruf went 1 for 3 with a walk ...
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