Phillies 2, Nationals 0
Game 160 - Monday Night, October 1st in Washington
Record - 81-79, 3rd Place, 15 games behind the Nationals
One Sentence Summary: Darin Ruf and Kyle Kendrick spoiled the Nationals' ability to celebrate their division title on the field as the Phillies won, 2-0.
What It Means: The Phillies clinched their division titles in 2007, 2008 and 2010 in games against the Nationals, but they didn't allow the Nationals to return the favor this year. I guess that's small consolation for the Phils. The Pirates defeated the Braves about ten minutes prior to the end of this game, meaning the Nationals were forced into a subdued, in-dugout celebration of their division pennant. Sit on it, Jayson Werth.
What Went Right: Kendrick has been frustratingly inconsistent this year, but when he's been on, he's been very, very good. He pitched seven shutout innings and allowed just four hits in his final start of the year. The promising bullpen trio of Justin De Fratus, Jeremy Horst and Phillippe Aumont pitched the final three frames, preserving the shutout. Ruf hit a two-run triple in the second providing the only runs of the game.
Featured Card: I don't want to take anything away from Kendrick's performance, but if not for Ruf's hit, we would have been forced to watch Werth and Bryce Harper jumping up and down on the field in celebration. I would hope to see more of Ruf in a Phillies uniform in 2013 - both on the field and on cardboard.