The Philadelphia Phillies were eliminated from playoff contention when the Dodgers beat the Giants 4-2.
Philadelphia Phillies playoff hopes
Born: April 3, 2006
Died: September 30, 2006
Even though Phillies GM Pat Gillick dumped one of his best players, Bobby Abreu, along with a serviceable starter, Cory Lidle, at the trade deadline, the Phillies still held on doggedly in the playoff race thanks to the hitting heroics of Ryan Howard and Chase Utley.
The Phillies were ultimately undone by a pitching staff that was not quite good enough to hang with San Diego and Los Angeles in the National League. Perhaps the perfect Phillies game this year was a 14-inning 8-7 win at Washington on Wednesday where the bullpen blew two saves and almost blew a third. The Phillies also played much of the year with one of the NL's worst offensive players, Abraham Nunez, starting at third base. But then again, Abraham Nunez wasn't David Bell.
There will be no visitation. In lieu of flowers, the Phillies request that you make donations to the Roger Maris's Family Fund for the Determination of Which Home Run Records are Acceptable.