Nationals 2, Phillies 1
Game 43 - Monday Night, May 21st in Philadelphia
Record - 21-22, 5th Place, 5 games behind the Braves
One Sentence Summary: A lack of offense and some questionable base-running led to the latest Phillies loss on a rainy night in Philly.
What It Means: Just like that, the six-game winning streak is gone and in its place is a three-game losing streak. The Phils once again have a losing record.
What What Wrong: The bats were relatively quiet through the first five innings thanks to Nationals starter Gio Gonzalez. The Phils had legitimate chances to not only score, but possibly take the lead, in the sixth, eighth and ninth innings, but it was not to be. The sixth was particularly painful as they wasted a second and third with no outs opportunity with nary a run to show for it. Placido Polanco had two base-running gaffes in the inning contributing to the futility of the inning. Overall, the offense left 10 men on base and went 1 for 10 with runners in scoring position.
On the bright side, Kyle Kendrick had a great start, allowing two runs on five hits over seven innings. He also made a nice play at the plate to prevent another Nationals run in the third. He's quietly tallied a 2.25 ERA over his last four starts.
Featured Card: I wrote about Gonzalez back in December when there were rumors swirling that the Phils could be trying to obtain their former farmhand. A few weeks following that post, the A's traded Gonzalez to the Nationals and he's lived up to the hype. He's now 6-1 with a 1.98 ERA following his performance against the Phillies last night.
This is one of only a few minor league cards of Gonzalez in my collection, as the phenom spent only the 2006 season within the Phillies organization. The design of this card borrows heavily from the 1994 Donruss set.