Braves 5, Phillies 4
Game 151 - Thursday Afternoon, September 19th in Atlanta
Record - 78-73, 4th place, 14 1/2 games behind the Braves
One Sentence Summary: The Phillies battled, but they couldn't overcome another shaky outing from Aaron Nola in this 5-4 loss to the Braves.
What It Means: The Phillies have lost all six of Nola's last six starts. In a playoff race, with every game crucial, they should be winning these games with their ace on the mound. Instead, Nola has a 4.84 ERA over this stretch and the Phillies are 0-6.
What Happened: Nola went five innings, allowing five runs on nine hits, including two home runs. The offense did go 4 for 11 with runners in scoring position with Adam Haseley (RBI double in the fifth) and Jean Segura (RBI single in the sixth) adding clutch hits, but it wasn't enough.
Featured Card: Cesar Hernandez, who could be playing in his final week with the Phillies, continues to hit. He had three hits in this game to raise his team-leading average to .285. Hernandez is the longest tenured current Phillies player, having made his debut on May 29, 2013. Kyle Kendrick, Antonio Bastardo, Mike Adams and Jonathan Papelbon were the pitchers that day for the Phillies and Domonic Brown hit two home runs.