Game 50 - Sunday Afternoon, May 26th in Washington
Record - 24-26, 3rd Place, 6 1/2 games behind the Braves
One Sentence Summary: The wheels came off in the seventh inning, as the Nationals plated five and went on to win by a score of 6-1.
What It Means: It means that somehow Cole Hamels is now 1-8. It also means that to this point in the season, I am officially unimpressed with Ruben Amaro, Jr.'s big offseason acquisitions of Ben Revere, Michael Young and Delmon Young. Revere actually had a decent game, but the two Youngs went 0 for 8 while looking bad on defense.
What Went Wrong: With the bases loaded in the seventh and the score tied at one, Jhonatan Solano hit a soft bouncer to Michael Young at third. Young threw wide of the plate and two runs scored. A double by Steve Lombardozzi scored two more and Lombardozzi advanced to third on Delmon Young's error. He'd come home to score a few batters later when Denard Span doubled. Just like that, it was 5-0, Nationals.
Chad Durbin allowed an additional run in the eighth for old time's sake.
Featured Card: Nothing good came from this game. First baseman Kevin Frandsen, spelling Ryan Howard due to lingering knee issues, was hit with a Stephen Strasburg 95-mph fastball in the second, and he was ejected in the fourth for arguing a check swing strike call. Honestly, it seemed as if Frandsen and Hamels were the only two Phillies on the field yesterday showing any passion.
Frandsen only has one official 2013 baseball card and it appears in the team-issued postcard set. He has a card in this year's Chachi set, and last month the good folks over at The Shlabotnik Report gave us another Frandsen custom card. TSR goes the extra step of using a custom-made, unique design for its 2013 set. While you're trying to recover from the latest display of Phillies futility, head on over there and check out the set so far. Tell 'em Jim sent you.