Nationals 4, Phillies 1 (Game 1)
Game 156 - Tuesday Afternoon, September 24th in Washington
Record - 79-77, 4th place, 16 1/2 games behind the Braves
One Sentence Summary: Facing elimination, manager Gabe Kapler opted to go with a bullpen game, and while the bullpen pitched respectively well, the Phillies still lost, 4-1.
What It Means: This is the loss that officially knocked the Phillies out of the postseason hunt for the eighth season in a row. We had no idea how good we had it between 2007 and 2011.
What Happened: The Phillies scored a first inning run when Jean Segura singled home Cesar Hernandez, but then the offense shut it down for the rest of the game. Nick Vincent took the loss, giving up a pair of runs in the sixth.
Featured Card: Blake Parker got the start and pitched two perfect innings, striking out two. Parker, who started the season as the closer for the Twins, has yet to appear on a Phillies baseball card and he may be one of the many Phillies players this season to be the subject of Missing Links custom cards.
Transactions: Juan Nicasio was activated from the injured list, giving the Phillies 35 players on their active roster.