Nationals 5, Phillies 3
Game 131 - Monday Night, August 27th in Philadelphia
Record - 70-61, 2nd place, 3 1/2 games behind the Braves
One Sentence Summary: Sloppy defense, sloppy base running and Zach Eflin's latest shaky outing contributed to this lifeless 5-3 loss to the Nationals.
What It Means: This team needs a jolt of energy.
What Happened: With the score tied at two in the 4th, the Nationals took a 4-2 lead on an Eflin error and on a ball that should have been caught by Rhys Hoskins but dropped in for a single. The Phillies ran themselves out of a rally in the 6th when Wilson Ramos was easily thrown out at 3rd trying to gain an extra base when Asdrubal Cabrerea singled.
The only excitement for the Phillies came in the 3rd when Roman Quinn tripled and was singled home by Cesar Hernandez and in the 8th when Hoskins hit his 27th home run.
Featured Card: The current state of the Phillies is making me very cranky, so here's a card that I recently added to my collection that made me happy. (Need to offset those negative vibes.) In 1989, the Phillies produced a 9-card update set to compliment its 37-card set available throughout the season and sponsored by Tastykake. The nine cards featured players added to the roster throughout the season, most of whom came to the club in the big Chris James, Steve Bedrosian and Juan Samuel deals. Unable to find a complete 9-card set for sale over the last few decades, I've slowly cobbled together the set and recently added this Randy Ready card to my collection.
As of this writing, I now just need the John Kruk card, featuring him wearing the #11 he first wore when he came to the Phillies (with Ready) from the Padres.
Transaction: The Phillies traded minor leaguer Jack Zoellner (GCL) to the Orioles for international bonus money. The team has also reportedly claimed Jose Bautista off revocable waivers from the Mets and the two teams are in the process of working out a deal.