Game 48 - Friday Night, May 24th in Washington
Record - 23-25
One Sentence Summary: The Phillies handed a win to the Nationals as shoddy defense and a lack of offense contributed to the 5-2 loss.
What It Means: The Phillies had a chance to hit .500 for the first time since April 14th, but it was not to be. They'll need to win the next two games against the Nationals in order to arrive in Boston on Monday at break-even.
What Went Wrong: The bottom of the fifth was a disaster for the Phillies. With a runner on first and one out, Adam LaRoche hit a deep fly to center that probably should have been caught by Ben Revere. Instead, the ball dropped in and LaRoche had an RBI-triple. A few batters later, after the Nationals had taken a 3-2 lead, Michael Young couldn't handle a ground ball which went (erroneously) for a hit and kept the inning alive. Steve Lombardozzi, the next batter, doubled to score two more Nationals runs.
From the sixth through the ninth innings, the Phillies were held hitless.
Featured Card: Revere had a miserable night, misplaying the ball in the bottom of the fifth and grounding into a rally killing double play in the top of the fifth. He left three men on base and his 0 for 4 dropped his season average to .250. He's starting to hear boos and his first few months in Philly have been fairly miserable - some would even say they've been Otero-ish.
So let's show Revere some love with this post. Maybe if I feature his first baseball card featuring him in red Phillies pinstripes, it will help turn things around.