Nationals 3, Phillies 0
Game 105 - Thursday Night, August 2nd in Washington
Record – 47-58, 5th Place, 15 1/2 games behind the Nationals
Another Massive, Vacation-Related Catch-Up, Part 5 of 7
One Sentence Summary: The Nationals avoided the sweep as the Phillies decided to completely take the day off.
What It Means: I'm actually considering starting a count-down of the number of days until pitchers and catchers report to Clearwater in February.
What Went Wrong: Ross Detwiler and two Nationals relievers shut down the Phillies offense, allowing just three singles to a line-up consisting of Kevin Frandsen at third and Michael Martinez in center. It seems like 1997 all over again. Cole Hamels was the hard luck loser, allowing all three runs in his seven innings of work, while striking out nine.
Featured Card: Jayson Werth returned to the Nationals line-up on this night for the first time since early May. He had been out with a broken wrist and his return should only help the Nationals during their play-off push.
A year ago, it looked as if Werth had made a purely money-driven decision by signing a multi-year deal with the lowly Nationals. He swore at the time that the Nationals were close to competing and they'd soon give the Phils a run for the N.L. East. Unfortunately, Werth’s comments are proving to very prescient, as the Nationals are on their way to October baseball, while the Phillies are looking to finish out the regular season without causing too much more embarrassment to themselves.
This Werth card came to me via a redemption card I won on eBay a few years ago. It was my first experience with the Topps redemption process, and I was honestly pleased with how quickly Topps turned around my request.