Phillies 7, Nationals 1
Game 33 - Sunday Afternoon, May 5th in Philadelphia
Record - 19-14, 1st place, 1 1/2 games ahead of the Braves
One Sentence Summary: On a soggy Sunday afternoon, Zach Eflin pitched effectively for seven innings and the offense strung together productive hits, winning the game 7-1.
What It Means: Having won the Nationals series, the Phillies flew to St. Louis to open a three-game series against the Cardinals.
What Happened: Eflin (4-3) allowed a run on four hits in his outing. Enyel De Los Santos pitched the final two scoreless innings, striking out four. The Phillies benefitted from some questionable defense from the Nationals, and the biggest hit was Rhys Hoskins' two-run double in the sixth to put the game away.
Featured Card: I'm behind with these game summary posts, but in delaying this post I also received my newest Eflin card in the mail. Topps gave him a Topps Now card for his complete game performance back on April 28th, and amazingly enough I already have that card in hand. When the Topps Now program first started a few years ago, it was weeks between the purchase of a card and its actual arrival. Well done to the Topps distribution department on this improvement!