Nationals 4, Phillies 3
Game 51 - Monday Night, May 30th in Philadelphia
Record - 26-25, Tied for 3rd place, 4 1/2 games behind the Nationals
One Sentence Summary: For the first time all season Hector Neris struggled mightily, allowing three runs in the eighth inning of an eventual 4-3 Nationals win.
What It Means: The Phillies have a worrisome little four-game losing streak going and they're just a game above .500.
What Happened: Jeremy Hellickson pitched a gem, allowing just a run on three hits in his seven innings of work. He struck out eight and was lifted for a pinch-hitter in the bottom of the seventh after having thrown only 79 pitches. Neris entered with a slim 2-1 lead and squandered it away first with an RBI single to Jayson Werth to tie the score and then with a two-run single to Daniel Murphy to give the Nationals the lead.
Tyler Goeddel made an amazing throw to first base to double Bryce Harper off first base in the seventh.
Featured Card: Please ignore the pitcher featured on this baseball card, as he's recently established the fact that he's a bit of a turd in real life. I wanted to feature this particular card because I believe it's the one card in my Phillies collection decked out in camouflage. The Phillies and Nationals (and the other 28 Major League teams) wore camouflage uniforms and hats in yesterday's games in honor of Memorial Day. I'm not a big fan of these uniforms, but anything that draws attention to our national holiday honoring the men and women who gave their lives while in service of our country is fine by me.
Topps issued this 30-card set in packs of five cards each at military snack bars and food courts in 1993. Packs cost a quarter with the purchase of a fountain soda.
Recently added to The Phillies Room - 2016 Season Summary page with game results and links to game summary posts.