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Hope is Gone…Phillies Get Stunned!

Jonathan Papelbon quietly packed his red Phillies travel bag in the visitor’s clubhouse Sunday night at Turner Field.

The closer had just served up a three-run home run to Braves third baseman Chipper Jones in the bottom of the ninth inning in a brutal 8-7 loss. Papelbon is paid big money to close games, so any time he blows one he is upset.

But this one had a different feeling, because it prevented the Phillies from sweeping the series and quelled any loose talk they could creep back into National League Wild Card contention with a month to play. If the Phillies would have won they would have been only 7 games out of the Wild Card Race. At this time last year the Cardinals were 8.5 games out.

I think its time to face reality…Hope might just me gone.

“We won the series, but so what?” manager Charlie Manuel said. “We had a chance to sweep them. We need to win all the games we can. That’s a tough game. That’s hard to swallow.”