Phillies 8, Nationals 5 (Game 2)
Game 77 - Sunday Afternoon, June 28th in Philadelphia
Record - 27-50, 5th Place, 15 1/2 games behind the Nationals
One Sentence Summary: The offense, led by Maikel Franco and Odubel Herrera, pounded out 16 hits in the 8-5 win over the Nationals.
What It Means: Interim manager Pete Mackanin earns his first win at the helm for the Phillies. The last place Brewers visit Citizens Bank Park for four games beginning tonight.
What Happened: Franco went 2 for 5 with 3 RBIs, while Herrera went 3 for 5 with two runs scored. Cesar Hernandez had his second career four-hit game. Every starter in this game, including starting pitcher Severino Gonzalez, had a hit with the exception of the struggling Carlos Ruiz.
Gonzalez became the second Phillies starting pitcher, along with Adam Morgan, to win a ballgame since May 24th. That's a span of 32 games.
Featured Card: Mackanin had absolutely no clue he'd be managing the Phillies when he woke up on Friday morning. This is his latest Phillies card, listing him as the third base coach, from the team's second series photo card set. I'm very curious to see if a new set pops up at the ballpark this week, or if they'll go through the trouble of pulling the Ryne Sandberg card.
Transaction: With the unexpected double header, the Phillies recalled Gonzalez and then immediately optioned him back to Lehigh Valley following the game.