Nationals 5, Phillies 2
Game 10 - Thursday Night, April 16th in Washington
Record - 3-7, Tied for 4th Place, 4 games behind the Mets
One Sentence Summary: Cole Hamels allowed two more home runs and turned in a mediocre pitching performance in a 5-2 loss to the Nationals.
What It Means: The Phillies have lost five in a row and they've looked bad doing it.
What Happened: Hamels pitched six innings, allowing five runs on five hits while walking four and striking out seven. The Phillies runs came courtesy of an RBI-triple from Freddy Galvis in the third and a sacrifice fly from Darin Ruf in the fourth.
Featured Card: Ryan Howard went 1 for 3 with a soft single to deep second/shallow right, raising his average to .167. That in and of itself isn't that noteworthy, but what is noteworthy is that Howard was batting seventh in the line-up for the first time since April 21, 2006. The eight-hole hitter in that game, hitting behind Howard, was Phillies Room favorite Sal Fasano.
No offense to Fasano here, but you know things are going poorly when I'm pulling out cards of former back-up catchers.