Phillies 4, Nationals 3
Game 132 - Tuesday Night, August 26th in Philadelphia
Record - 60-72, 5th Place, 15 1/2 games behind the Nationals
One Sentence Summary: Home runs from Freddy Galvis and Darin Ruf, along with an overturned call that went the Phillies way in the eighth, led to a 4-3 win over the Nationals.
What It Means: What is going on with the Phillies? They're winning. They're playing with energy. They actually look . . . good.
What Happened: Galvis got the Phils on the board in the fifth with an unexpected two-run, line drive home run to left. Ruf added his solo shot an inning later. In the eighth, Ben Revere was initially ruled out at a play at first, but the call was overturned upon review. Revere would steal second, go to third on Jimmy Rollins' fly ball and score on Carlos Ruiz's sac fly.
Cole Hamels had another strong outing before falling apart a little in the seventh and eighth. Ken Giles came on in the eighth and struck out the side - the heart of the Nationals order. Jonathan Papelbon recorded his 33rd save after a perfect ninth.
Featured Card/Field Report: Doug and I attended this game together, and it was actually a thoroughly enjoyable Phillies game. Unbelievably, the Phillies now have a winning record in games I've attended, as the win raised my personal record to 6-5. On the way home, Doug and I decided that Galvis deserved the card for this game summary post, despite the fact that Giles was the radio broadcast's star of the game on the post-game show.
I'm glad I get to show off this Galvis card, as it's one of the best Phillies cards of 2014. I don't even mind the fact that Topps borrowed the photo from one of last year's Chachi cards.