Nationals 2, Phillies 1
Game 44 - Friday Night, May 22nd in Washington
Record - 18-26, 4th Place, 8 games behind the Nationals
One Sentence Summary: An unexpected pitcher's duel broke out between Max Scherzer and Sean O'Sullivan, but the Nationals were able to narrowly defeat the Phillies, 2-1.
What It Means: At least the Phillies are playing competitive baseball at this point. Admittedly, I didn't think they had a chance last night against Scherzer and the first place Nationals, but they hung in there.
What Happened: O'Sullivan allowed both Nationals runs in his six innings of work and he's now pitched at least six innings while allowing two runs or less in three of his five starts. Odubel Herrera doubled home Maikel Franco in the second for the Phillies only run.
Featured Card: By my tally, there are three members of the 2015 Phillies team with no Phillies baseball cards to date - O'Sullivan, Dustin McGowan and Elvis Araujo. I'd like to show some cardboard appreciation for O'Sullivan's surprisingly good outing, so here's his 2011 Topps Update card.
Maybe he'll earn a card in the giant-sized 2015 Topps Update set which will weigh in at 400 cards and be released this fall.