Phillies 7, Nationals 5
Game 159 - Wednesday Night, September 27th in Philadelphia
Record - 64-95, 5th place, 31 1/2 games behind the Nationals
One Sentence Summary: The Phillies used two separate three-run innings to overcome the Nationals in this 7-5 victory.
What It Means: The Phils took the series from the division-winning Nationals, and they'll close out the season with a final weekend series against the Mets at home.
What Happened: The offense had three big hits in this game - Jorge Alfaro's two-run double in the second, Aaron Altherr's two-run triple in the fifth and then Odubel Herrera's double to bring home Altherr. Yacksel Rios picked up his first Major League win in relief after starting pitcher Mark Leiter, Jr. failed to complete five innings. Hector Neris recorded his 26th save.
|Doug's autograph haul. Morandini signed the sweet spot of one of Doug's baseballs.|
Doug also got to "interview" Phillies TV broadcaster Gregg Murphy before the game. Doug asked Murphy for a picture and Murphy obliged only after asking Doug to hold his microphone. For that, and for being a genuinely good guy, Murphy earns a Chachi Fan Favorites card along with frequent autograph signer Neris.
As for our youngest son Ben, he hasn't caught the autograph bug like Doug, but he was still very happy with his nachos, crab fries and water ice.