Nationals 9, Phillies 2
Game 115 - Friday Night, August 9th in Washington
Record - 52-63, 4th Place, 18 1/2 games behind the Braves
One Sentence Summary: Thanks entirely to new hitting coach Rick Schu, the Nationals easily handled the sinking Phillies, 9-2.
What It Means: Man, these games are tough to watch.
What Went Wrong: John Lannan was roughed up by his former team, allowing eight runs on nine hits in his five innings of work. The Phillies managed four hits, with half of that output coming from Phillie for Life Chase Utley.
Featured Cards: At last, the Delmon Young Era is over. The Phillies designated the outfielder for assignment yesterday afternoon to make room for the newly acquired Casper Wells. Wells was picked off the waiver wire from the White Sox on Wednesday. When I told my six-year-old son Doug that Young had been let go, he actually cheered. I've trained him well.
Young's departure got me thinking about a possible Phillies Team Issue Set 2.1. Over the past few years, the Phillies have released an updated second series, adding players acquired at the trade deadline or prospects recently recalled and dropping players no longer with the team. So who would be in and who would be out if there is a Phillies Team Issue Set 2.1? I'm glad you asked:
Added (7) - Cody Asche, Luis Garcia, Cesar Jimenez, Ethan Martin, John McDonald, Zach Miner, Casper Wells
Dropped (7) - Mike Adams, Phillippe Aumont, Antonio Bastardo, Tyler Cloyd, Cesar Hernandez, Laynce Nix, Delmon Young
What do you think? The draw of the set would be the Asche card, and the team's marketing department would be wise to put him at the front of the set to highlight his inclusion.