Reds 8, Phillies 5
Game 138 - Wednesday Night, September 4th in Cincinnati
Record - 72-66, 3rd place, 13 games behind the Braves
One Sentence Summary: Aaron Nola had an uncharacteristically shaky outing and the Phillies couldn't completely overcome an early deficit in this 8-5 loss.
What It Means: With 25 games remaining in the regular seasons, every game presents a must-win situation. The Phillies couldn't get the job done on Wednesday night, even with their ace on the mound.
What Happened: Nola lasted four innings and left having given up five runs on five hits and three walks. Home runs from Logan Morrison (2), J.T. Realmuto (21) and Jay Bruce (25) resulted in the game being tied, 5-5, heading to the bottom of the seventh. But Jose Alvarez allowed a solo home run to Jose Iglesias to untie the game and then Blake Parker surrendered a two-run home run to relief pitcher Michael Lorenzen in the eighth.
Featured Card: It could have been worse if not for an over-the-wall catch made by Adam Haseley in the eighth to bring back a home run off the bat of Freddy Galvis. It was an amazing catch, completely downplayed by the low-key Haseley. We'll be seeing that play on highlight reels for years, and I just wish the catch could have come during a game the Phillies won.