Nationals 4, Phillies 0
Game 91 - Friday Night, July 12th in Philadelphia
Record - 47-44, 3rd place, 7 1/2 games behind the Braves
One Sentence Summary: The flat Phillies fell easily to the Nationals, 4-0, in the second half opener.
What It Means: Jon Morosi's Tweet is depressing: On May 29th, the Phillies led the N.L. East by 3 1/2 games. Since then, they're 14-22 with only the Mets having a worse record in the N.L. This is the furthest out of first place they've been all season.
What Happened: Nick Pivetta labored through five innings, allowing three runs on six hits. The offense had eight hits, seven of them singles, going 0 for 6 with runners in scoring position.
Featured Card: Catcher Rob Brantly made his Phillies debut, striking out as a pinch-hitter against Sean Doolittle to end the game. He was kind enough to sign Doug's card before the game. Doug reported he made sure to honor each and every pre-game autograph request before returning back to the dugout.
Field Report: Jenna and Doug attended this game, and Doug's pregame autograph hunt garnered signatures from Brantly (along with a selfie) and injured star Andrew McCutchen. The signed Cutch ball was the highlight of Doug's night and he rode that joy through the duration of a rather boring game.
Transactions: J.T. Realmuto was placed on the paternity list for a game, and he's expected to rejoin the Phillies on Saturday. Brantly had his contract selected from the IronPigs and reliever Pat Neshek was moved to the 60-day injured list.