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If the weather cooperates, the Nats will play their home finale tonight.
If they do ever play this game, Ross Detwiler will be starting for the Nationals, looking to continue his late-season upswing and once again give the organization reason to consider him for next year's rotation. It's basically the same situation Detwiler found himself in a year ago. Perhaps he'll be able to take advantage of the opportunity this time around.
No Ryan Zimmerman in the Nats' lineup for the seventh straight day. Adam Dunn, of course, is in his familiar cleanup spot for what could be his final home game as a National.
Weather and game updates to come, so check back throughout the afternoon and evening...
PHILLIES at NATIONALS
Where: Nationals Park
Gametime: 7:05 p.m.
Radio: WFED-1500 AM, WWFD-820 AM
Weather: Rain, 79 degrees, Wind 6 mph in from RF
STARTING LINEUPS5:48 p.m. -- Weather update: Nothing really new to report. The tarp has been on the field all afternoon. BP was taken indoors. But they've opened the stadium gates and as of now, this game is scheduled to begin on time. It's only raining lightly, so they can certainly play through it if it stays like this. Won't be the most enjoyable conditions to watch or play a game in, but it is playable.
CF Nyjer Morgan
2B Danny Espinosa
SS Ian Desmond
1B Adam Dunn
RF Michael Morse
LF Willie Harris
C Wilson Ramos
3B Alberto Gonzalez
P Ross Detwiler
SS Jimmy Rollins
2B Wilson Valdez
CF Shane Victorino
1B Mike Sweeney
LF Ben Francisco
RF John Mayberry
3B Greg Dobbs
C Paul Hoover
P Joe Blanton
7:06 p.m. -- We are indeed underway on time, with a ball from Ross Detwiler to Jimmy Rollins.
7:09 p.m. -- Nine pitches, seven strikes, three outs from Detwiler in the top of the first? That'll work.
7:14 p.m. -- Then again, Detwiler's first inning paled in comparison to Joe Blanton's six-pitch bottom of the first, which included a weak grounder to first and two foul outs.
7:20 p.m. -- And Detwiler serves up a solo homer to the Phillies' cleanup-hitting first baseman ... Mike Sweeney. And then he serves up a solo homer to the Phillies' No. 5-hitting left fielder ... Ben Francisco. Yikes. Phillies up 2-0 in the second.
7:35 p.m. -- Six up, six down for Blanton.
7:44 p.m. -- Make it nine up and nine down for Roy Halladay. Wait, that's Joe Blanton out there? Oy.
8:28 p.m. -- Well, this one got ugly in a hurry. It's now the middle of the sixth with the Phillies holding a commanding 7-1 lead. Detwiler was yanked after 4 2/3 labored innings, having served up four (yes, four) home runs. Offensively, the Nats have amassed all of one hit in five innings against Blanton.
8:39 p.m. -- Not exactly a sterling performance from Adam Dunn tonight: 0-for-3, three strikeouts.
8:53 p.m. -- Tonight's paid attendance: 20,026. Total season attendance: 1,828,066. That's an increase of 10,840 from last year.
9:12 p.m. -- If you're wondering ... average attendance for home games Stephen Strasburg was scheduled to start: 34,271. Average attendance for all other home games: 21,286.
9:15 p.m. -- Meanwhile, there's still a game going on here. Phillies still lead 7-1 as we go to the ninth. Not much else to say about that.
9:22 p.m. -- We go to the bottom of the ninth. Just like last night, Adam Dunn will lead off. Unlike last night, he can't win the game with one swing. Unless solo home runs now count for seven runs.
9:25 p.m. -- Standing ovation for Dunn as he steps to the plate to face Brad Lidge. And he proceeds to strike out, giving him the Golden Sombrero for the night. Oy.
9:30 p.m. -- That's a wrap. Nats lose 7-1. They finish with a 41-40 record at home this season, their best mark since 2005.